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

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Whole Property
Adult: £9.30
Child: £4.60
Family (1 adult): £14.50
Family: £22.70
Group adult: £8.50
Group child: n/a

Garden only
Adult: £5.60
Child: £2.80
Family (1 adult): £9.00
Family: £14.00
Group child: n/a


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Collection details


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Have-a-go Archery and Pistol Shooting

  • 30 — 31 August 2014 11am-3:30pm *on now

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.


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.