Tucked away in the small village of Nunney, just a few miles south of the town of Frome, Nunney Castle is a charming moated medieval castle which eventually fell to cannon fire during the 17th century English Civil War (one of the walls was extensively breached by cannon: due to the damage caused the castle was spared the deliberate destruction that was wrought on other castles as a result of the conflict).
Today the ruins of Nunney Castle are one of the West's hidden gems and we suggest combining a visit to the Castle as part of a tour from Bath that takes in Glastonbury and Wells or a visit to Longleat or Stourhead.
Tour OptionsNunney Castle can be visited either on one of Celtic Horizon's suggested tour routes or build it in to a custom tour around your own requirements - contact us for details and prices.
Please note that we only offer journeys and tours that are exclusive to your family or party: we do not operate scheduled shared tour bus services.
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"Nunney Castle is a ruined castle located in the village of Nunney in Somerset, England. It was built in the 14th century by Sir John de la Mare, a wealthy knight who served in the Hundred Years' War.
The castle is notable for its striking beauty, particularly its elegant French-style gatehouse, which features four corner turrets and a large arched entranceway. The gatehouse was designed to impress and intimidate visitors, and it remains one of the most impressive examples of medieval military architecture in England.
The castle was besieged and partially destroyed during the English Civil War in the 17th century, when it was held by Royalist forces. The castle's defenders were eventually overwhelmed by Parliamentary forces, who partially demolished the castle to prevent it from being used again as a military stronghold.
Despite its ruined state, Nunney Castle remains an impressive example of medieval architecture and a popular tourist attraction in Somerset. Visitors can explore the castle ruins, including the gatehouse, which still stands in remarkably good condition. The castle is surrounded by a picturesque moat, which adds to its beauty and charm.
Nunney Castle is managed by English Heritage and is open to the public throughout the year. It is a popular destination for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts, as well as anyone looking to explore the beauty and history of Somerset."