The Market House is the focal point of Castle Cary and is a Grade II* listed building dating from 1855. Originally used to host the town’s Market Traders, the building fell into disrepair as the markets petered out. Extensive renovation of The Market House was completed early in 2014 and this iconic building now offers internal and external areas to let for community and commercial events.
‘The Shambles’ – the old meat market – is now a unique venue for productions, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, consultations, films, meetings and more. Complete with: glazed roof; underfloor heating; seating for up to 50 people; a purpose built servery and top of the range AV and projector equipment.
From the Shambles, step out to the covered ‘Undercroft’, which is enclosed on three sides, with its pillared frontage open towards Castle Cary’s idyllic Market Place. It is a perfect overspill area for events in The Shambles, and also provides a quirky covered area for extended markets and summer social events.
In front of The Undercroft is the cobbled area which is the focus of a Tuesday street market every week throughout the year. For more information on our street market – please see our Market page.
The Market House has been a major local meeting place for over 150 years, a focus for community events and home to the Town Council, Tourist & Community Information Point and a fascinating Museum.
The townspeople are very proud of this development and improvement to such an historic building and welcome exhibitors, performers, committees and visitors from far and wide to share their enthusiasm.