The quiet, picturesque village of Nunney provides a tranquil backdrop to the impressive medieval moated castle and a wealth of notable architecture dating back to the 14th Century. Although the castle was destroyed during the English Civil War, it was later remodeled and still stands today as a ruin, a romantic folly even at the time it was built. Visitors wander in and out across its little wooden footbridge and marvel at Nunney Castle’s machicolations and shoots – or toilets.
For those who take the time to wonder around this charming village, Nunney Castle stands as a charming gem of the West Country, a treasure of British Heritage. The architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described Nunney Castle as “aesthetically the most impressive castle in Somerset”, and few would argue with him.
The best way to explore the delights of Nunney is on foot. Please click here for a Nunney village guide. There are a range of footpaths that take you out of the village into the surrounding woodlands, streams and ancient Mendip hills. ‘The George’ Inn and ‘Café de la Mare’ offer welcome refreshments after a tour of the area.