Fun for the whole family at Dunster Castle

Visitor playing in the natural play area

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

The gardens, watermill, shop and tearoom are open daily 10am-5pm with last entry to the gardens and watermill is at 4pm and last entry to the castle at 3.45pm from the Visitor Reception and 3.30pm from the Watermill (castle open 10am-4pm). The car park and parkland are open 10am-6pm with the gates being locked at 6pm. Please see our opening times for more details and for the latest updates. 


The natural play area

Set in the wilds of the river gardens is our natural play area. Created from a giant Redwood felled in the grounds, children can run wild, leap on stepping stones, balance on the see saw, navigate the balance beams and play poohsticks over the river Avill.


'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Dunster Castle is the perfect place to complete some of the '50 things.' From cloud watching to rolling down a really big hill, there's plenty of fun to be had.

There are some steep slopes up to the Castle, perfect for ticking off one of your '50 things'.

Two children running through a patch of daffodils

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.