Dunster Castle, Dunster

A medieval castle and manor house, Dunster Castle has been gradually redecorated over the years in an effort to restore the former glory of its rooms. You'll see reproductions of the original wallpaper, furniture, and building materials, all created through the meticulous effort of the National Trust. Not much of the original medieval castle still stands, with the exception of the Great Gatehouse and the 13th-century gate. Popular artifacts include a Tudor copy of the allegorical portrait of Sir John Luttrell and a sequence of leather tapestries depicting Antony and Cleopatra. Music lovers are often intrigued by a piano that once belonged to Vivian Ellis. Outside, bask under the leaves of the strawberry tree collection in the gardens. By using our Dunster trip maker website , you can arrange your visit to Dunster Castle and other attractions in Dunster.
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  • The castle was closed but the £8 admission allowed a tour if the rest if the grounds. Saw the waterwheel, bought stoneground flour, went into the very cool reservoir now defunct, and wandered around t...  more »
  • Visited with my two children (5 and 7) and my parents. Booked on to a behind the scenes winter tour (John was our guide) which was really interesting and we got to see how things really work at a BT t...  more »
  • Came along as i love old buildings/castles i went on a guided tour and i loved it really fascinating full of information nice to see the work they do in the building to keep it running. Then went a wa...  more »
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  • We only visited the grounds as we were on the way home from holiday with the dogs. I am disabled and there were various options to assist me in getting around. I chose to borrow a tramper which is an off road mobility scooter, this was an excellent choice as it handled the steep slopes with ease. The gardens were fabulous and the gardeners very friendly and eager to share thier passion. A nice place to visit and a great walk for the dogs.
  • Lovely walks to be done inside and outside the Castle grounds. We followed a 3 mile marked path called The dear path where while walking through the forest, you can actually hear and sometimes see rutting stags (in October ). Interesting working watermill still producing flour which can be bought in an adjacent shop, landscaped gardens with giant rhubarb from Chile growing along the stream, a Victorian kitchen and the inside of the castle itself. The café which is situated within the watermill serves good jacket potatoes and cream teas. Dunster village is also worth a look for its pretty cottages.
  • One of the loveliest Castles I have visited. Free to National trust members. Lots to see and very cosy for a Castle. Large grounds to walk around. I would like to go back. Only draw back for me was the tea room. Only serves cake no sandwiches or anything. Other than that I loved it, stunning scenery.
  • We walked here from Butlins Resort (a bit of a trek, but doable with footpaths the whole way). Dunster Castle & all of the grounds were lovely to walk around with pushchair and wheelchair accessable paths marked on the map. A very interesting place. Our guide (I've forgotten his name though, sorry) on the Attic tour was very knowledgeable and great to listen to. There was a Halloween trail and creepy crawlies there this week which added to the visit nicely with the kids looking for clues for the Halloween map. Thanks for the great visit (family National Trust Members).
  • Lovely place. House is very interesting and surrounding woodland lovely. Garden is probably not worth your time in the winter months

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