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View the rare leather hanging of Antony and Cleopatra at Dunster Castle © National Trust Images/John Hammond

View the rare leather hanging of Antony and Cleopatra at Dunster Castle

The story of Anthony and Cleopatra in leather

One of the glories of the castle, the leather hangings tell the love story of Anthony and Cleopatra.

Dating from the early 18th century, they have always hung in this room.
 

Anyone for snooker?

Once a privileged male preserve, today you can enjoy a game of snooker in the Billiard Room. Imagine what life may have been like here during the hey-day of the castle.

The King Charles connection

King Charles II slept here at Dunster Castle while he was Prince of Wales © Dave Wood

King Charles II slept here at Dunster Castle while he was Prince of Wales

Said to be the most haunted room in the castle, this room takes its name from the future King Charles 2nd who slept here in 1645. The secret escape passage behind the bed is proof of the dangerous times during the Civil War.

Another way out?

Seek out the hidden doorway in the King Charles bedroom, Dunster Castle © Dave Wood

Seek out the hidden doorway in the King Charles bedroom, Dunster Castle

Look behind the bed to find a doorway into a hidden passage. It is said a secret ladder gave a quick escape.

A golden apple to Venus

You can find this plasterwork in the King Charles bedroom © Dave Wood

You can find this plasterwork in the King Charles bedroom

The Trojan prince Paris gave a golden apple to Venus in exchange for the love of his life. His choice of Helen of Troy sparked off the Trojan Wars.

The King's shillings

The detailed carving of the King Charles II shillings

The detailed carving of the King Charles II shillings

The magnificent late 17th-century oak staircase is well worth closer inspection.

Look out for the coins carved in the third panel of the balustrade which are identifiable as Charles II silver shillings bearing the King's head and interlaced Cs. The skilled carver represented the 1683/84 issue of these shillings, so dating his work.

Centre of a great estate

See how Dunster Castle was once the centre of a great estate which included forestry, tenant farms and prime agricultural land as well as a deer park. Today, much of the estate is owned by the Crown Estate.

Look out for the medicine cabinet and its jars © Nadia Mckenzie

Look out for the medicine cabinet and its jars

The castle collection

Take a look at the highlights of Dunster Castle's collection of paintings, silver, furniture and other pieces on the National Trust Collections website.

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