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Dunster Castle, Dunster

(4.6/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Dunster Castle into our Dunster holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Dunster.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We stopped here as we were in the area. There is a hut just up from the car park which you get your membership cards scanned or buy tickets. It is just a short walk from there up a slight hill to get ...  more »
  • A really stunning castle packed with history over the last millennia. We did the 'Attic Tour' and make sure you do too as this really made the day for us. So interesting!  more »
  • We are National Trust and decided to visit the castle as part of our holiday. We visited to do the Easter trail and then came back again the following day. The gardens are beautiful but the views from...  more »
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  • A very pleasant few hours walking the grounds, the Mill and then visiting the Castle itself. To be honest the grounds lovely and the Mill was interesting but the castle itself was, in my opinion, a disappointment. I have visited maybe 30 different NT venues in Devon & Cornwall and the castle here at Dunster was the least interesting of the lot. Maybe it appears to be too modern. It just didn't do anything for me. Also the 'refreshments' facilities were very poor. Most of the (limited selection) cakes available were wrapped in cellophane or cling film. The coffees were given to you in paper cups. URGHHHHH! Do not expect the usual high standard of NT coffees/tea/cakes.
  • One of the best National Trust houses we've been to. Needs a whole day to do it justice. The attic tour was interesting, although it overran. Would benefit greatly from better refreshment facilities at the top of the hill.
  • Beautiful castle and grounds. We only spent half a day there but you could easily take a picnic and spend the day. Great for kids too.
  • Dunster is a fairy tale picturesque castle. The grounds are beautiful and well worth the visit. The inside of the castle was less interesting. The original owners lived in the castle well into the 20th century and the atmosphere is more that of a house viewing than that of a historical place. The entrance fee is relatively expensive. The cafe in the back is very nice.
  • Great time spent at Dunster Castle with the family. Would recommend the Halloween Pumpkin trail for the kids, and always good grub as you would expect from the National Trust. Will definitely be back soon! :)