On our way home from Glastonbury last weekend, we spotted Nunney Castle an English Heritage site. As well as being dog-friendly it’s also FREE to enter. What a little gem of a place for an afternoon out.
Where did we go:
Nunney Castle – Castle Street, Nunney, Nr Frome, Somerset, BA11 4LW
When did we go:
We visited on a Tuesday afternoon in mid-July 2020.
Why go here:
Nunney Castle is a picturesque moated medieval castle. It dates from the 1370s and was built by Sir John de la Mare, a local knight. Much modernised in the late 16th century, the castle was besieged and damaged by the Parliamentarians in 1645, during the English Civil War.
Now in ruins, Nunney’s dramatic great tower is very well preserved. Similarly, there are four round corner towers and connecting walls, which are surrounded by the castle moat.
Quick tour using 360 camera
How did we get there:
Nunney Castle is only 3.5 miles from Frome. It’s just off the A361. For Satnav use postcode BA11 4LW.
What we liked about the site:
- We love that Nunney Castle is FREE to enter for everyone to enjoy.
- As if that wasn’t enough, it’s also dog-friendly too. We kept our dogs on short leads as there were warning that the castle moat was very deep and covered in moss. Also when we visited there were ducks and chicks nesting in the grasses.
- Pretty wooden walkway over a moss covered moat. Very striking and photogenic in summer with the sunlight reflecting through the ruins.
- Small, well kept lawns around the castle are a lovely spot for a picnic.
- The castle itself has easy access and you can walk in and around each corner tower.
- English Heritage have provided information boards around the castle to highlight furthermore the history and what you are looking towards.
Dogs eye view
Points to note:
Nunney Castle Street Fayre takes place in the streets around the castle. As well as stalls with local crafts, food and drink, there also entertainment and music in the grounds of the castle. Visit the Nunney Castle website (see link below) to keep an eye out for the next fayre date.
English Heritage Nunney Castle Website
Also nearby is the pretty town of Bradford-on-Avon is less than 10 miles away. Well worth a visit for a spot of shopping and coffee and cake in one of the .dog-friendly cafes.
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