DUNSTER IN SOMERSET IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PLACES ON EXMOOR.

23 May 2020


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Here a medieval village exudes history and heritage, and there are a number of places to explore, all within walking distance of the High Street, which is complete with an original yarn market. 
 

Dunster Castle, The Priory, a dovecote, inns, a packhorse bridge and a mill all add to the ambience of this delightful spot. Since the decline of the woollen industry in the 18th century the village has been locked in a time warp and there is a plethora of tea shops, gift shops and several excellent restaurants and places to stay._IB86226-(1).jpg

The National Park Centre provides information on the whole area and there is a large car park on the edge of the village. With over 200 listed buildings, Dunster is preserved so generations to come can enjoy the historic qualities of this unique village.


 


Dramatically situated on a wooded hill at the end of the High Street, Dunster Castle is a former motte-and-bailey castle, and now a country house, occupied by the Luttrell family for over 600 years. Now operated by the National Trust, there are still some original parts of the medieval castle, but the majority of the building is a much-altered 17th-century manor house.

There is much to see inside the property, as well as exploring the 15 acres of gardens, which provide many different walks and views across to the Bristol Channel.


Watermill-(1).jpgWithin the grounds of Dunster Castle, on the banks of the River Avill, is the Dunster Working Watermill. There has been a mill on the river here for over a thousand years and the present mill, built in 1780, has been lovingly restored to working condition. Wheat flour is still ground and a visit to the attached café (in the old wagon house and stables) allows the visitor to taste the flour, as an ingredient in much of the tasty food available for purchase.

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DUNSTER CHURCH
St George’s Church dates back to 1097 when William de Mohun endowed the foundation of a Benedictine Priory, as a smaller part of Bath Abbey. Although founded as a Priory Church, as the town grew in size and prosperity the local population demanded their own church and in 1499 a tribunal in Glastonbury decreed an area east of the transepts should become the Priory Church, with the remaining area to be the Parish Church. Restored and enlarged in 1875, the church still features a small priory garden and medieval storehouse.


For more on Somerset's incredible history and heritage go to our interactive E Book.

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