A picturesque moated medieval castle, Nunney Castle in Somerset dates from the 1370s. Its builder was Sir John de la Mare, a local knight who was beginning to enjoy royal favour. Much modernised in the late 16th century, the castle was besieged and damaged by the Parliamentarians in 1645, during the English Civil War.
Though ruined, Nunney's dramatic great tower is very well preserved. Its four round corner towers and connecting walls are tightly encircled by the castle moat.
Read more about Nunney Castle's history.
Before You Go
Access: Although the majority of the site is level, there are a small number of steps at the entry gate and on to the bridge over the moat.
Please be aware: The castle is surrounded by a deep moat with steep sides.
Parking: There is a free car park, a short walk away, off Castle Hill. The walk to the castle involves a moderate hill down into the village.
Facilities: There are no public toilets in Nunney, but there is a pub and a shop.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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