Dunster Castle - National Trust

Dunster Castle - National Trust
nr Minehead
Dunster
Somerset
TA24 6SL
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle

E-mail

dunstercastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

General

01643 821314

Info line

01643 823004

Fax

01643 823000

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Visitors in the garden at Dunster Castle, Somerset.
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Ancient castle with fine interiors and sub-tropical gardens.

Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times. The 13th-century gatehouse survives, but the present building was remodelled in 1868–72 by Antony Salvin for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. The fine oak staircase and plasterwork of the 17th-century house he adapted can still be seen. There is a sheltered terrace to the south on which tender plants and shrubs grow, and beautiful parkland in which to walk. Dunster Castle is home to the National Collection of Strawberry Trees.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

For 2007
Castle:
23rd March – 25th July: 11am – 4pm
27th July - 2nd September: 11am - 5pm
3rd September – 31st October 11am – 4pm

Garden and Park:
1st January – 22nd March 11am - 4pm
23rd March – 31st October 10am – 5pm
1st November – 31st December 11am – 4pm

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing

The castle is closed every Thursday.

The castle will be closed on selected Fridays during the 2007 season for private functions (1st June/27th July/17th August/24th August/7th September)

Garden and Park closed 25th & 26th December.

Admission charges

Standard admission price for Castle, Park and Gardens:
Adult: £7.80
Child: £4.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £19.00
Family (one adult): £11.50
NT members: Free

Standard admission price for Park and Gardens:
Adult: £4.30
Child: £2.20
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £10.50
Family (one adult): £6.30
NT members: Free

Group admission price for the Castle, Park and Gardens:
Adult: £6.80

Discounts available on West Somerset Railway for Dunster Castle Visitors.

Discounts

  • National Trust

Collection details

Architecture

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Archery

Have-a-go Archery and Pistol-Shooting

  • 29 July 2014 *on now
  • 1 August 2014
  • 4 August 2014

Try your hand at archery or pistol shooting with the Bowmen of Danesfield.

Please wear sensible, flat shoes and clothing suitable for prevailing weather conditions.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply plus £3.00 per person for the activity.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Hawk

Sheepdog and Falconry

  • 4 August 2014 5-6:30pm
  • 11 August 2014 5-6:30pm
  • 18 August 2014 5-6:30pm
  • 25 August 2014 5-6:30pm

Join us for a fascinating, interactive and fun show in the castle parkland, with David Kennard's sheepdogs, featuring the stars of Channel 5's 'Mist Sheepdog tales' and fantastic falconry displays with Exmoor Falconer George Pile. Barbeque available until show end.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £5.00 (Including members), Child £2.50 (Including members), Family £12.00 (Including members).

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Eagle Owl

Edwardian Falconry

  • 2 — 3 August 2014 11:30am-3pm

Join us for period Victorian dog and hawk demonstrations on the Green Court and visit the Edwardian hawk house where a variety of hawks, owls and falcons can be seen at roost.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply: Adult: £9.30, Child: £4.60.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle/prices/

photograph of ladybird

Wild Wednesdays

  • 6 August 2014 11am-3:30pm
  • 13 August 2014 11am-3:30pm
  • 20 August 2014 11am-3:30pm
  • 27 August 2014 11am-3:30pm

Let loose your 'wild' side with our series of family activities to get you closer to nature. Includes creepy crawlies and big bugs with Bugfest every Wednesday during August.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply: Adult: £9.30, Child: £4.60.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

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