West Somerset

Somerset Towns and Villages


Bridgwater Tourist Information Centre, King Square, TA6 3AR



The village of Cannington, on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, can trace its past as a popular settlement back as far as 1500 years. It retains its sense of community as expressed in the name of one of its five pubs - The Friendly Spirit Inn. The pub is named after the ghost of a nun from the nearby Priory said to haunt its upstairs rooms.

The Priory has been a dominant feature of the village since it was founded in the 12th century becoming the home of a Benedictine order and the daughters of many leading Somerset families. Now a Grade 1 Listed building known as Cannington Court, it is owned by Bridgwater College and leased to EDF Energy as a national training centre. 

Cannington can boast several other notable historic buildings such as Gurney Manor and Blackmore Farm both of which have their own chapels and now offer accommodation for visitors. A stroll round the village will take in a War Memorial, Parish Church, the Cannington Brook and Pack Horse Bridge, Gurney Manor Mill and the Henry Rogers Almshouses.

The hill above the village has an iron age fort and is said to be the site of a successful Saxon defence against the Danes. The remains of a Roman villa were unearthed during preparation work for a bypass in 2014.

Today the thriving village supports a number of independent shops as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Road Directions

Leave the M5 at Junction 24, follow the signs towards Bridgwater town centre, then turn left at traffic lights signed Cannington - this is the A39 - stay on this road for approximately 5 miles until you reach Cannington

Public Transport Directions

Maps: For maps and journey planning go to www.multimap.com

Rail: Bridgwater Railway Station is 6 miles from Cannington

Bus: Local bus service available

Airport: Cannington is 29 miles from Bristol International Airport and 45 miles from Exeter International Airport


Bridgwater Tourist Information Centre
King Square
United Kingdom

T: 01278 436495

E: vicky.banham@sedgemoor.gov.uk

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