Bruton is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was the site of a medieval abbey. Today it is home to Hauser & Wirth Somerset and other achingly trendy surprises.
King’s School, Bruton, sold a very rare copy of Magna Carta to Australia after it was discovered in the 1950s.
The town has a museum that includes a table used by the author John Steinbeck to write on during a six-month stay.
Bruton has a history of flooding. In June 1917 it saw the river rise twenty feet above its normal level after 10 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. Since 1984 it is protected by a dam built 1 km upstream from the town.
The town has a strong reputation for its three secondary schools: King’s School (founded in 1519), Bruton School for Girls (founded in 1900) and Sexey’s School (founded in 1889).
The big annual event is the Packhorse Fair, held on the late May Bank Holiday.
The opening of the world class Hauser & Wirth Somerset gallery has made this part of the West Country a real destination for lovers of modern art.
If you’re thinking of stopping for a drink or a bite to eat, At the Chapel is a unique building in the town’s High Street housing a bakery, wine shop, café, bar and restaurant.
At the Chapel is a warm and friendly place to shop, meet, drink and eat the very best seasonal, local food. For full details go to Recommended restaurants outside Nunney.
Distance from Nunney
8.9 miles (14.3 km)
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