Bring your dog to Dunster Castle

A dog in front of the castle

Dogs are welcome throughout the year and there are some great spots to stretch your legs, whether you have two or four.

The River Garden

A flat, wooded garden with the River Avil cutting through it, the river garden is home to giant redwoods, giant rhubarb and a handkerchief tree.  The working watermill is dog friendly and you can see the wheels turning and perhaps milling in progress.  A little further down is the watermill tea-room which welcomes dogs in its tea garden.

The parkland

Take a circular stroll through our parkland following the River Avil. Less formal than the gardens it’s a great place to spot wildlife including otters and kingfishers or even the salmon using the salmon trap to get upstream. You can also extend your walk into the gardens or join the permissive path with leads to the wider estate and deer park taking you past Iron Age forts and England’s tallest tree.

The South Terrace  

The South Terrace is a little bit of the Mediterranean dropped into Somerset with its palm trees and far reaching views across the Bristol Channel. Created in 1820 the formal Victorian planting in spring fills the air with the scent of hyacinths and in summer the tall banana plants and dahlias fill the boarder with colour. Pick up a take away coffee from the Camelia House to enjoy as you explore, you might even spot a herd of Exmoor ponies on the surrounding hills.

The Keep

The original location of the motte castle the Keep was levelled out in the 18th century to create a bowling green.  Winding your way up the hill there’s plenty of different paths to explore, some taking you to the Victorian reservoir, another to Sam’s Garden; a small lawned area where the Luttrell children used to play but all eventually leading up to the Keep.  A walk around its perimeter gives views out across the countryside and on a clear day Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor can be spotted.

What about inside?

The Crypt, Tenants Hall, watermill, shop and stables are all dog friendly too.

Dog bins are located across the site and noted on our welcome map.