Dunster Castle and Watermill

Important notice -

The outdoor spaces, house, shop and tearoom are open daily. You no longer need to book your visit in advance. If you would like to visit when its quieter, we'd recommend you arrive after 2pm.

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

Dunster Castle and Watermill

What's on

Open air theatre at Dunster Castle

Join the Three Inch Fools and The Lord Chamberlain's Men as they dust off their costumes and instruments and step back into the great outdoors with three new productions at Dunster Castle this summer.

Upcoming events

Sorry, there are no upcoming events at this place.

Dunster Castle and Watermill

Things to see and do

Summer strolling through the River Garden at Dunster Castle

Fun for the whole family at Dunster Castle 

Whether it’s exploring the River Garden, completing our family summer trail or a spotter trail, or ticking off '50 things' activities from your list, there’s plenty to keep little (and not so little) ones entertained.

Dunster Castle and Watermill

Eating and shopping

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Feeling peckish? 

The Tenant's Hall pop-up cafe is open daily 10am-4pm for hot and cold drinks, cakes, ice creams and light refreshments.


Gatehouse Books

At the top of the hill from the stables, you'll find the second-hand bookshop, Gatehouse Books, stocking all sorts of well-read classics and non-fiction, children's stories and holiday reads. Open daily, 10am-4 pm. Please hand sanitise on entry, and only one household group or individual inside at a time. To pay, use the donation box or head to the stables shop to pay by card.

Dunster Castle and Watermill

Our work

George Clarke in the greenhouses at Tyntesfield

As seen on George Clarke's National Trust Unlocked 

We recently appeared on Channel 4's George Clarke's National Trust Unlocked TV series. Learn more about the show and head behind the scenes to discover what life was like here during lockdown.

Dunster Castle and Watermill


Dunster Castle and Watermill

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