Dunster Castle - National Trust

Dunster Castle - National Trust
nr Minehead
TA24 6SL

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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
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.


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Collection details


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.

Sheepdog and Falconry

  • 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


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


photograph of ladybird

Wild Wednesdays

  • 20 August 2014 11am-3:30pm *on now
  • 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


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



Have-a-go Archery and Pistol Shooting

  • 23 — 25 August 2014
  • 29 — 31 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.

Please note there are steep slopes and steps up to the Castle. An alternative free courtesy vehicle is also available from reception to transport visitors up to the Castle.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3.00 per person.


Big eared townsend bat

Bat Walks

  • 28 August 2014 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


Adult £9.00, child £4.00.


Heritage Open Days 2014: Dunster Castle and Gardens

  • 13 September 2014

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. Sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.