St Donat’s Castle estate has some 60 hectares, 20 of which are woodland, 20 of which comprise the college farm and a further 20 in gardens and amenity areas.
The castle itself accommodates the dining hall, a fine library of around 30,000 volumes, the Bradenstoke Hall, which is used for assemblies and concerts, the staff common room, the history and economics departments and study areas. Close by are historic, renovated buildings that house the music and art departments, and purpose-built classroom buildings for mathematics, languages and the sciences.
One large building comprises the social centre, administered by the students, and offers a variety of facilities such as a bookshop, a bar, a café, television viewing room and a social gathering/event area.
This is where the coastal rescue services and the Atlantic Outdoor Centre are predominantly based. There are restored 16th century buildings for use as classrooms, accommodation and to house workshops for boat building and maintenance. There is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a physical conditioning room for use by the college's student body and staff. From this area you can access the pebble beach, stunning coastal views and the slipway from which the college's lifeboats are launched.
The 14th century Tythe Barn at the centre of the college campus has been converted into a 200 seat theatre, and is the base for St Donat's Arts Centre, an independent organisation providing a lively programme of arts, concerts, events and exhibitions for both the students and the general public.
The arts centre is only open to the public during events. Please make sure you phone and check first before visiting.