History and Heritage


Dunster Castle

Castle Hill, TA24 6SL


Dunster Castle Gardens Open from the 22nd June. Timed bookings only.

Fortified home of the Luttrells for 600 years, remodelled 100 years ago. Fine 17thC staircase and plaster ceilings. Terrace garden of rare shrubs.

Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle Gardens Open from the 22nd June. Timed bookings only.  Timed entry to Dunster Castle and Watermill (29 June - 5 July)  Book HERE 

Dramatically sited on a wooded hill and the fortified home of the Luttrells for 600 years. Remodelled in the 1870s to create a splendid Victorian country house. A fine 17th- century carved staircase and ornate plaster ceilings. Terraced gardens with rare shrubs. From a feudal stronghold to a family home, this magnificent castle has breathtaking views over Exmoor , Somerset, and the Bristol Channel.

For more information on our Gardens, please see here.


Discover how the Castle was used in its heyday and how the family hosted grand occasions from society balls to polo matches, with impressive interiors and lavish Victorian decoration. Then enjoy a leisurely stroll through beautiful terraced gardens, with a collection of palms, sub-tropical plants, and the Dunster Lemon tree.

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Opening Hours

January to October



Whole site: 16 Febuary - 3 November 2019
  Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.60 £12.20
Child £6.80 £6.10
Family £34.00 £30.50
Family (1 Adult) £21.50 £19.50

Car park charge of £5 per vehicle per day, £10 for Motor Homes, free for National Trust members.

Free parking in designated spaces for Blue Badge holders.

Under 5s can enter the property for free. 





        • Baby Changing Facilities

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        • Disabled toilets

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        Road Directions

        Nearest major road is A39.

        Public Transport Directions

        Bus/Route No: 398

        Route Description: 398 Taunton - Minehead (Approx. every 2 hours, Mon-Sat, not bank holidays)
        Proximity to Bus Stop: 100 yards
        Disability Access: No
        Nearest Mainline station is Taunton.


        Dunster Castle
        Castle Hill
        Dunster, Nr Minehead
        TA24 6SL
        United Kingdom

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