Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle, National Trust
Dunster, Somerset

Average visit time – 2-3 hours

Things to do at Dunster Castle review

Dunster Castle and Watermill is a National Trust property in Dunster, Somerset. It is a former motte and bailey castle which is now a country house. The house sits on the top of a steep hill and has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period. The medieval castle walls were mostly destroyed at the end of the English Civil War. In the 1970s the castle was remodelled to fit Victorian tastes which made the castle more Gothic and picturesque,

The gardens are the result of hundreds of years of planning, building and restoration. The gardens have four different microclimates which have resulted in a successful subtropical garden. There are some spectacular views over the Somerset countryside. There are child-friendly spotter guides to take around with you outdoors plus a natural play area. This area has been created from a giant Redwood tree that felled in the grounds. They also have a variety of traditional lawn games.

You can also explore the castle and its spooky Crypt, plus the kitchens and the sumptuous rooms that have been left as the family would have left them. There is also a restored 18th-century mill with two working waterwheels. As part of the 40th anniversary of the National Trust managing the castle, an underground reservoir has been uncovered underground. Visitors have the chance to head below ground to see the underground reservoir.

You can get to the castle via a West Somerset Railway service. Boarding at Bishops Lydeard the steam engine takes in coastal views as it makes its way to Dunster station. A special coach connection will take you from the station to the castle and return you back in time for your departing train. Your train ticket includes the return train journey, the coach transfer and admission to the Castle.

Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.

FAQ and Further Information Dunster Castle

Address: Dunster, Minehead TA24 6SL Somerset, England. Phone: 01643 821314

Category – Historic Property – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages

Is there food and drink available?

There is a tea room serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

Historic castle turned house you can explore with crypts and an underground reservoir, adventure play area, trails and tropical gardens. There are toilets and a tea room.

What are the ticket prices?

*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of the National Trust or mid-range for non members. An adult ticket costs £10, children £5, under 5s are free. Family tickets are available.

Is there parking?

There is a car park, there is a £5.50 charge to park, there is no parking fee for members.

When are they open?

Dunster Castle is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs on leads are allowed everywhere except inside the castle and tea-room. (assistance dogs are permitted indoors)

Are they accessible?

Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle
Photos credited to the National Trust

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