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

Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

3 miles south-east of Minehead, off A39

Collection details

Architecture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Insects

Victorian Explorers with Exmoor Zoo

  • 16 — 17 August 2017 *on now
  • 23 — 24 August 2017
  • 30 — 31 August 2017

Get up close to a variety of animals, big bugs and creepy crawlies and learn all about the Victorian age of exploration.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/0b7d6e0b-1d54-415e-9673-6b79462c9313/pages/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.
Bird flying in front of the Castle

Victorian Falconry

  • 22 — 24 August 2017

Visit the Victorian Hawk House where a variety of hawks, owls and falcons can be seen at roost, chat to the period-costumed falconers and meet Bella the working dog. Every display is different and some require help from lucky hand-picked volunteers.

Please note that flying displays are weather dependent, if rain prevents flying an interactive talk will be held instead.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/0f416e25-f327-4b51-a4cb-cf0ba92509b6/pages/details

Getting there

3 miles south-east of Minehead, off A39

Dunster Castle and Gardens - National Trust
Dunster
Somerset
TA24 6SL
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

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.
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