Dunster Castle and Gardens - National Trust

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.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Whole Property
Adult: £10.30
Child: £5.10
Family (1 adult): £16
Family: £25
Group adult: £8.50

Garden only
Adult: £6.20
Child: £3.10
Family (1 adult): £9.90
Family: £15.50


  • National Trust
Getting there

3 miles south-east of Minehead, off A39

Collection details


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Bat Walks

  • 6 August 2015 8-9:30pm
  • 13 August 2015 8-9:30pm
  • 20 August 2015 8-9:30pm
  • 27 August 2015 8-9:30pm

Discover our different species of bat on this guided evening walk through the Castle grounds.

Please bring sensible, stout footware and suitable outdoor clothing for the prevailing weather conditions with waterproof coats just in case of showers.

There are some steep steps and slopes as well as uneven surfaces in the gardens.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Adult £9.00, child £4.00.


Civil War Weekend

  • 15 — 16 August 2015 11am-4pm

Join the Taunton Garrison at their Living History Camp and experience what life was like during the Civil War. Battle re-enactments and weapons demonstrations throughout the day!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply.


Getting there

3 miles south-east of Minehead, off A39

Dunster Castle and Gardens - National Trust
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