This historic market town is a compact architectural gem spanning six centuries, with narrow alleyways or ‘Bartons’ linking the town with the River Brue. Lovely historic features include the medieval Packhorse Bridge, the beautiful St Mary’s Church, Sexey’s Hospital and the Dovecote, and there is an excellent small museum. Together with a great selection of places to eat, good independent shops for unusual gifts, antiques and vintage collectibles, plus a thriving arts culture, Bruton is one of the treasures of our line and a uniquely rewarding destination for a day out.
Hauser & Wirth is a pioneering world class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre in a beautiful setting about 15 minutes’ walk from the station, The Mill on the Brue Activity Centre runs exciting outdoor activities for groups of all kinds, and Gants Mill has been voted one of the top 50 places for weddings in the UK.
Bruton’s uniquely creative and dynamic community are keen to share the benefits of their lovely town, and produce some superb “insiders’ guides”. The Bruton Town website is a definitive (beautifully designed and illustrated) guide to the best of the town, and the Chamber of Commerce have created a brand new “Step into Bruton” guide with a great map showing the walking route from the station and a fascinating tour of the town’s history. The Friends of Bruton Railway Station run an excellent website with practical insiders’ travel tips for using public transport and getting around the area.
Neighbouring business, West End Garage, is a great friend to the railway, and these brand new premises enhance the look of the station. At the bottom of the station approach road are their offices built in the style of an old signal box – you can also glimpse this from the train on the right hand side as the line crosses a bridge a few seconds further along.
Freshly roasted coffee!
Here’s something you wouldn’t expect to find in a small rural town – coffee freshly roasted every day, just a few steps from the station. Bean Shot Coffee, (voted the best coffee roaster in the UK in 2015) is next door to the Dovecote Gallery, and close to the Godminster farm outlet shop selling their delicious locally made cheeses.
Hauser & Wirth
Zurich, New York, London and…Bruton! A pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre has been created at Durslade Farm. The landscapes have been created by Piet Oudolf, the most influential garden designer in the world today. A working farm, with livestock born and bred there amongst the delicious sources of local produce for the Roth Bar & Grill. Photo kindly supplied by Hauser & Wirth.
A fascinating small museum, full of wonderful treasures relating aspects of Bruton’s colourful history. Not to be missed.
Two of the town’s top quality retailers
Eating in Bruton
There are several great places to eat in the town, which really is becoming something of a gourmet paradise!