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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published June 28th 2020
Nunney Castle- What a place
Built in the 1370s by a local man newly in the King's favour, Nunney Castle is a Medieval masterpiece. Built in the French style, this is an unusual but very beautiful ruin, hidden in the rolling fields of Somerset.

A visit here will not take long, as the castle is now in a state of preserved ruin, but it is magnificent, and well worth a visit. Nunney is in a remote, rural location, so it is ideal as a stop-off point, perhaps between two other more populated places. If you are exploring Somerset, then stopping here for lunch at The George Pub and a stroll around the castle would be lovely.

Nunney Castle
French style, Somerset location

Originally built as a family home and status symbol 700 years ago, the castle was used as a fortress. This was most notably so during the English Civil War, when the castle was defended for King Charles. Oliver Cromwell's army bombarded the walls with cannons, and destroyed it so much that it was never able to be fully defended ever again.

Castle ruin
The inside of the castle

This glorious ruin speaks for itself, once you find it. Arrive in Nunney, and you will start immediately to see clues, whether these are signs to the castle itself, or the many streets named after this imposing building.

Inside one of the four towers

Stand in one of the four towers and you feel transported to a fairytale. All of the castle interior is accessible via a wooden drawbridge, and the site is predominantly flat.

The floorless upper levels, with secret passages

It is easy to imagine ghost knights or lords and ladies floating around the upper floors.

One of four towers

Take warm clothes and waterproofs if it is raining. There is no roof anywhere!

Preserved ruins
Standing by the ruined front walls of the castle

The castle is now maintained and cared for by English Heritage.

Window with a view of the church
English history everywhere

Some of the windows are picture-perfect, and will tempt you to explore the village.

The interior, taken from the base of a tower

A place to relax, and think of the centuries of history around you.

The Moat
Taken from the wooden access gate

A glance back at the castle.

So many other beautiful places to explore

Take your pick of lovely villages to see.

Algae in the lake
The tremendously green moat in Summer
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Why? A beautiful ruined castle with a moat!
When: All year round (open to the sky)
Where: Nunney Village, in Somerset
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
An incredible building, Tom! I'm surprised somebody private hasn't snapped it up yet as part of 'Grand Designs', the TV show ...
by Elaine (score: 3|8949) 776 days ago
What a fascinating place Tom. Real historic. The oldest building we have here in Australia is Captain Cook's cottage in Melbourne. As a kid I used to think Captain Cook lived in it before he 'discovered' Australia. I soon learnt it was transported here as were many of our early residents. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4261) 776 days ago
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