Things to see & do

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What's on

Santa waves from window

From specialist guided tours of life below stairs to festive Christmas events, family activities and living history, there is much to discover in our events programme.

Find out more about our upcoming events


Don't miss

  • Breathtaking views across Exmoor and the Bristol Channel
  • The log play area in the River Gardens
  • The 17th-century stables and clatter of hooves
  • The stables shop, for high quality gifts and local products
  • The garden exhibition in the Keep Garden gazebo for a fascinating insight into the history of the gardens

A Christmas castle

Get ready for Christmas and see the house festively decorated

Celebrate Christmas through the ages at Dunster Castle. Take in the smell of a 12ft Christmas tree, listen to festive carols sung by local choirs, and explore the house decorated as never before.

Find out more about Christmas through the ages


Explore the restored 18th-century watermill © Dave Wood

Explore the restored 18th-century watermill


Open Nov and Dec weekends, 11am - 4pm

Visit the fully restored 18th-century working watermill located in our River Gardens. Set in peaceful surroundings by the river Avill it's a lovely spot to watch out for wildlife.

Alternatively pop along to the watermill tea-room for a cream tea or a slice of cake.

A starring role

See Dunster Castle star on BBC Celebrity antiques road trip

See Dunster Castle's historic interiors in the recent series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, starring Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis.

Watch the castle's starring role on YouTube


One mile walk

Take a one mile walk around Dunster Castle's beautiful terraced gardens. Starting at the 17th-century stables it will take you up to the highest point of the castle before meandering back.


Get active on our log play area

You'll find plenty of inspiration for getting active with us at Dunster Castle. Join in with our lawn games on Green Court, get competitive on our log play area, or play a tune on the wooden xylophone.