Castle Cary and District Museum

Discover what life was like in the town in the late 1700s through the writings of local diarist James Woodforde (1740 – 1803) who’s writings give a vivid account of the life of a rural cleric in the 18th century.

View the writings and sketches of Douglas Macmillan MBE (10 August 1884 – 9 January 1969) who was a British civil servant, and founder of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, now one of the largest charities in the UK.

Browse the extensive collections of objects, costumes and fossils.


The Market House
Market Place
Castle Cary


01963 350680


Opening Times

Open April to October


No admission charge, but donations are welcome


The Museum offers visits for schools and adult groups. Please contact the Museum for more information.


The Museum can assist researchers with enquiries about the collection, local history and family history. It has a small library comprising a range of books on the town and the surrounding area. Some archive material and other documentation on local families and history. Please contact the Museum for more information.

Commercial Hire & Services

To enquire about using the museum space for your event please contact the Museum for more information.


  • Agricultural
  • Archaeology
  • Archives
  • Costume
  • Geology
  • Industrial
  • Local history
  • Social history

Time Periods

  • 20th Century
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Edwardian
  • Geological
  • Georgian
  • Medieval
  • Norman
  • Roman
  • Stuart
  • Tudor
  • Victorian