This historic market town is a compact architectural gem spanning six centuries, with attractive buildings and narrow alleyways or 'Bartons' linking the town with the River Brue. There are many interesting and historical buildings including the medieval Packhorse Bridge, St Mary's Church, Sexey's Hospital and the Dovecote, and a very interesting small museum. There is a particularly good selection of places to eat (at the time of writing, At The Chapel is getting some rave reviews!) and some interesting independent shops.
A map and brief guide to the highlights of the town can be downloaded here.
www.brutontown.com has more up to date detail about the town and all its facilities, and www.visitsouthsomerset.com also has some good practical tips for visiting the area.
The Friends of Bruton Railway Station won a national award in 2008 in the Best Station Adoption Group category, and they have not rested on their laurels since then! They continue to look after the wonderful gardens they established at the station, have created a special welcome board for visitors at the exit and have even set up their own website to help local people and visitors. This includes simplified timetables, a map for finding your way from the station that can be printed up in advance of a visit, advice for wheelchair users and some great "insider tips". See www.brutoncarytrains.co.uk