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Notice: The Watermill is currently closed whilst undergoing urgent conservation works. The ground floor rooms should re open from Easter. We apologise for any disappointment. For further updates please contact Dunster Castle on 01643 821314 or keep checking our property website.

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.

Why not always have the visitor information for Dunster Castle at your fingertips, by downloading our Welcome leaflet (pdf).

Upcoming events

Interactive falconry displays at Dunster Castle and Gardens © Dave Wood

Interactive falconry displays at Dunster Castle and Gardens

Have you ever fancied coming face-to-face with a bird of prey, wanted to test your skills with a bow and arrow, or felt the weight of a 400-year-old cannonball? Our upcoming events programme has plenty to excite, inspire, and entertain.

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.

A bird's-eye view

Here's a stunning aerial introduction to Dunster Castle and Gardens. Kindly filmed by Ian Preater of Rotorvista it shows the castle as you've never seen it before.

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