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An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens

Dramatically 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.

Download our Welcome leaflet (pdf) and start exploring the castle and gardens before your visit.

Catch a lift

Make use of our free shuttle bus service © Dave Wood

Make use of our free shuttle bus service

Beautifully situated high on its natural tor and overlooking the village of Dunster, Dunster Castle offers amazing views of the Somerset countryside. Why not take advantage of our free courtesy vehicle from the ticket office or car park, to the castle entrance?

Less mobile?

Get mobile with our Tramper © Dave Wood

Get mobile with our Tramper

We're keen that as many visitors as possible can access our grounds. If you're less mobile you can hire our all-terrain powered mobility vehicle for free during the open season. Please call 01643 821314 in advance to reserve the vehicle.

Hallowe'en events

Explore the gardens with our spooky pumpkin trail

This Hallowe'en sees a series of spooky events at the castle. Dare you join a tour of the most haunted parts of the house, enter our gardens after dark, or go on a spooky pumpkin trail? 

Find out more about our Hallowe'en events


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