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    • Qype User smbonn…
    • Portsmouth
    • 2 friends
    • 54 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Nunney Castle is nestled in the little village of Nunney. Entry is free and there are plently of places to park.

    Although a ruin it is easy to see how the castle would have looked in it's glory days.

    It has a moat running around it with ducks that like to eat bread, although by 2pm on a sunday they have normally had enough!

    There are some grassy areas to sit making it a perfect location in the summmer for a picnic.

    The village itself is quaint with a village shop and a good pub.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/2/2014
    First to Review

    Nunney is fun castle to visits if you are in the area. Its free to get into and free to park and if the weather is good it's a nice place to have a picnic or spend a few hours soaking up the sun with a decent book and a lovely view.

    It is pretty much a ruin but with four wall and no roof. It is however not possible to get to the upper floors, well there are no floors, or to the tops of the towersI took my three sons and we had fun running around the outside and sword fighting (wooden swords) on the draw bridge and playing hide and seek.

    The moat would be an issue if you have younger kids. as it is fairly deep with steep sides to it. I would think that for under 5's you would want to take extra care.

    There are ducks to feed in the moat and they were really cute. As it is free there is no shop or toilets but there is a pub and corner shop nearby for cold drinks and ice creams (it was spring when we went) and the old church and it's graveyard is worth a visits as well. It's only a two minute walk from the castle.

    Good fun way to spend an hour or so if the weather is good but as a castle its not as much fun as Old Waldorf.

    • Qype User Timina…
    • Sydney, Australia
    • 634 friends
    • 758 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/10/2008

    I found this English Heritage site the first time by accident. We were driving through Somerset on our way somewhere and saw a little castle symbol on our AA roadmap. Let's try that, I said.

    It's small, but very well-presented: a picture-perfect, moated, half-ruined, little castle. There's not too much to see here - you only need to stop for 30 minutes or so to take it all in. But if you have visitors from away who want a taste of British history this is a nice stop. I've stopped there twice with visiting family, and they really appreciated it.

    Built in the 14th century on the French chateau style, it's still surrounded by a water-filled moat and green lawns. Walk the drawbridge inside and see the crumbling towers and fortified walls. Go on, it's free. Remember, though: it's small and pretty, don't expect a large standing castle.

    The village of Nunney, near Frome in Somerset, is quitessentially English, too: babbling streams through the middle of the village, ducks, small arched bridges, old stone cottages, and a pretty church.

    • Qype User Ellie-…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 5 friends
    • 145 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    For all those interested in history and mystery, this is a wonderful castle to visit. Steeped in legend, it became damaged during the time of the English Civil War when the Royalist defenders held out bravely against the beseiging Parliamentary army.

    Eventually betrayed and tricked into surrender, they were allowed to march out, before the castle was rendered useless to the war effort by seventeenth-century vandalism!

    On a sunny day it sits serenecon it's moated island and is is well worth a wander. But if you have small children, be careful as there is not barrier between the edge of the moat and the water itself.

    By night, you can imagine the castle alive hundreds of years ago as it was pounded by artillery fire.

    Inside the castle, if you walk to your left and into the far corner you might see the securely covered remains of a 'dungeon'. Legend has it that there was a secret tunnel down there that led out to an escape road somewhere along the old Nunney Catch - Shepton road, where the family escaped that dark night to avoid being captured. Let your imagination run riot!

    Across the road from the castle the ancient church is also worth a visit. Inside you can see a cannon ball from the civil war on display, as well as other interesting features.

    A great place to while away an hour or so for the history buff, and the lover of architecture, in a peaceful picture-postcard market place.

    • Qype User Rutche…
    • Bristol
    • 24 friends
    • 253 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    4/11/2008

    This is an amnazing place to stumble across. I live nearby and came for a walk I'd found in a guide book. But there was no mention of any castle and as I turned down the street I was utterly dumb-founded to see such an amazing sight. Nerstled between perfect little Somerset villages dwellings is a ruined castle. It's the perfect place to stop and have a game of Robin Hood, as we did last Christmas Day!
    It is only the inner part of the castle that remains across the moat, but it's plenty to get the imagination going. You can see where the rooms were and there are fantastic little nooks and crannies to hide from neices and nephews.
    And it's a lovely part of the world. You might like to try local pubs, such as that in Vobster or The Talbot Inn in nearby Mells, where there is also the most beautiful little plant nursery in a walled garden that I have seen, albeit a small one. The pub in Nunney is best avoided, or so I 'm told.

    • Qype User jules1…
    • Brentwood, Essex
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    • 49 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    Sweet little castle ruins enclosed by a moat. No facilities but lovely for a short trip and a picnic. Fishing was happening! Interpretation boards explain some ofthe history. The church close by is worth a visit.

    • Qype User adriev…
    • Frome, Somerset
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    • 1 review
    5.0 star rating
    22/5/2011

    Nunney Castle is a beautiful and interesting ruin set at the foot of a hill (!), as the village church had already been built on higher ground a century earlier. Although it's not big, there is plenty to see in and around the castle to remind you of the long history of the village. Nunney Castle is open all year round and admission is free.

    Nunney has over 30 listed buildings, including a village keep (prison), a Grade I listed church with medieval and Elizabethan effigies and murals, Georgian and Queen Anne architecture and 17th century weavers' cottages. The annual street fair takes place on the first Saturday in August, with over 120 stalls, live music and entertainment for kids.

    Facilities have improved, although there is still no pubic lavatory. A free visitor car park is located just up Castle Hill (from the Market Place across the bridge and straight on, on the right). A newly opened café de la Mere serves hot and cold drinks, salads and light meals on the corner next to the post office; it welcomes families and has toilets for customers.

    The George at Nunney has rooms, decent food and a cool pint; it doesn't admit children under 14 though (but dogs are welcome!). Refreshments are also available from the village shop in the Market Place.

    A Treasure Trail guide for Nunney is available from The George for £5; it takes just over an hour to follow the walk and solve the clues, by which time you'll have learned a lot more about the castle, the village and their history.

    • Qype User sazi…
    • Bath
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    • 8 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    13/1/2010

    I have enjoyed coming to the George but again i do find it very hit or miss with the food. I do hope with time the consistency will become apparent

    • Qype User Schaff…
    • Coventry, West Midlands
    • 1 friend
    • 4 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/4/2012 Updated review

    Having spent a day in Nunney visiting the local hotel and restaurant, The George at Nunney, we decided to explore this charming village. First stop had to be the 14th Century Nunney Castle. The castle is extremely well preserved. As I live near Kenilworth in Warwickshire, I know and walk around Kenilworth castle several times a week, but Nunney Castle is much better preserved, with most walls still intact. The moat surrounding the castle is still filled with water, and is apparently one of the deepest in England. Visiting the castle is free of charge which is rare these days! The village of Nunney has a shop, a school, a pub and a lovely cafe and a river which divides the village. The George is directly opposite the castle and is a good place to sit and enjoy the view of the castle and get a decent pint of beer too. All in all, Nunney Castle is well worth a visit, if you're passing through Somerset, and enjoy visiting some of our national heritage sites.

    5.0 star rating
    6/4/2012 Previous review
    Just spent a week at The George at Nunney. The food is some of the best I've ever eaten, and staff… Read more
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