Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle: Hours, Address, Dunster Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Dunster Castle
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ethan🤪
Weston super Mare, UK136 contributions
Rockin stately home and Castle.
Nov 2021 • Couples
Lovely few hours at Dunster Castle. Had a good roam around the grounds and in the house itself. Lots of information available and staff to interact with as you go round. One staff member was dressed as a Knight and surprised us all when he started moving around because we all thought he was a statue. Great little cafe in the gatehouse which had some period music playing which set the scene and helped the chill mood. Parking was easy but then again we did visit at the end of November.
Written 28 November 2021
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David J
Corsham, UK39 contributions
Lovely old place
Oct 2021
love this old place and the history, we do have national trust membership so it was "free" just nice to stroll around,
Written 25 November 2021
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280DavidC
Brookmans Park, UK110 contributions
A must visit when nearby
Nov 2021
This place is steeped in history and owned by the National Trust which has done an amazing job making it informative and easy to follow
Written 9 November 2021
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SWH100
Cardiff, UK828 contributions
Lovely national trust property
Oct 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed the walk around Dunster Castle. The house is really interesting and the grounds are so pretty. We saw a bat in the cellar which was so exciting. Loved the shop that was in the old stables. Really worth a trip. So glad we stopped her on our way to Porlock.
Written 4 November 2021
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Sobekra
United Kingdom21 contributions
Castor with stunning views!
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited the gardens and the castle and both are well maintained.The castle has stunning views.It is well worth a visit .
Written 30 October 2021
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Michael C
311 contributions
Lovely grounds to walk around
Oct 2021
This is a lovely site with an interesting castle and lovely grounds.

There is a good map to help plan and find your way with good views across the village and towards Exmoor.

On this occasion we did not have time to go inside the castle and refreshment opportunities were limited.
Written 27 October 2021
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BrightonRich
Brighton, UK19 contributions
Poor disabled access to Teashop
Oct 2021 • Couples
Unfortunately the teashop that opened in June 2021 is not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The National Trust architect must have not spoken to wheelchair users and installed the wrong door threshold with a 5cm solid stainless steel sharp bar that any wheelchair user would not get over. My partners anti-slip wheels got stuck on this bar and I had to help him out. The first picture is the door at Dunster, the second is a suggestion for the National Trust.
Written 22 October 2021
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Ralph M
Swindon, UK5 contributions
Nice place to visit despite the weather. Shame about the café.
Oct 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to Dunster Castle, despite the wet weather. The gardens are interesting, and I'm sure younger visitors would enjoy the animal trails. A shame the mill wasn't working, but we were able to chat with the volunteers carrying out some maintenance. The guides in the house were friendly and helpful too, and everything was well laid out, as you expect from such places these days.

The café, however, fell well short of what we've come to expect from National Trust properties. We had to queue quite a while to place our order, then had to change that as some things were unavailable. After more than 30 minutes at the table we still hadn't received our order, which was pretty simple - one baguette and one sandwich. Someone came out from the kitchen and apologised that the order had gone astray from front counter to kitchen, and after another five minutes or so a very average sandwich (factory bread, no trimmings) and "baguette" (actually a small bread roll) arrived. We've had better from a petrol station or motorway services! Very disappointing, especially after such a wait. The staff were all friendly, and there seemed to be plenty of them on duty, but we got the feeling that they were overwhelmed, and/or lacked organisation and basic procedures, not that a wet weekday in October could have been that busy compared with a summer weekend. No doubt additional precautions and procedures for COVID protection make things difficult, which we sympathise with, but other NT cafés seem to manage within these constraints without significant issues, and also offer much better quality food. Perhaps some lessons can be learnt from these other operations?
Written 19 October 2021
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Not disclosed
111 contributions
Great views
Oct 2021
Had a good time exploring the gardens. The walk through the woods and by the river down to the mill was peaceful and several plants in flower. There is also an outdoor area where children can chamber across cut logs. The mill is functioning and you can look around and see flour being made. Many of the paths are accessible, some however have steep steps.

Then a steep climb up to the upper garden, keep and resevoir. Lots of fuschia and pink lollies in flower. Amazing view from the top.

The top garden has large lawn and sweeping borders.

There is a National Tust shop on site as well as somewhere to eat.
Written 17 October 2021
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Agre
Solihull, UK63 contributions
Well worth a visit.
Oct 2021
My sister and I spent a lovely few hours at Dunster Castle, water mill and gardens. The grounds are beautiful and we especially enjoyed the walk to the water mill and the delicious coffee and scones in the coffee shop at the end of our walk. We were extremely lucky with the weather and even though it was October, the gardens were an absolute picture. Not ideal, in my opinion, for the disabled as the walkways are extremely steep but if manageable well worth a visit.
Written 15 October 2021
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