Fun for the whole family

There is plenty to see and do for the whole family.

Whether it’s making music in the River Garden, ghost hunting in the crypt or playing dress up in the castle there’s plenty to keep little (and not so little) ones entertained.

Castle Tours

Monday-Friday
Victorian Kitchen tours: 11.15am, 12.30am, 2.00pm, & 3.00pm

Acitic tours: 11.15am 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm 

Dunster Uncovered 
Weekends in March, June and September
11.15am 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm 

Step behind closed doors and discover parts of the castle you won't have seen before. Delve deep under Tenants' Hall to the old estate office and peek into the offices of the staff at Dunster Castle on this 45 minute tour.

Tours are running throughout the day and are subject to volunteer availability and are not pre-bookable.

The Estate Office
The Estate Office
The Estate Office

The natural play area

Created from a giant Redwood felled in the grounds children can run wild, leaping on stepping stones, balancing on the see saw and navigating the balance beams. Pick up a stick and create music on the giant wooden xylophone – can you name that tune?

A Trail of Tales

Venture through time and meet some of the people that have called Dunster Castle their home in the last 1000 years.

Pick up the trail of tales from one of the reception points and journey through time and the history of Dunster Castle. You’ll hear from Vikings bent on invasion, soldiers who guard the dungeon and servants who wish water was just a bit closer.

Full of activities to complete whilst exploring the gardens make sure to return to visitor reception (and the present) to claim your prize.

£2.50 per trail including prize. Normal admission charges apply.

Illustrations by Richard Coppin
front cover illustration
Illustrations by Richard Coppin

Lawn games

When the sun is out have fun on Green Court with a variety of traditional lawn games. Try roller ball or giant Jenga or perhaps see who can keep a hula hoop spinning the longest.

The castle

Get hands on in the castle. Follow the free family trail through the castle to learn more about its history. On the way around the castle you can bang the dinner gong, play games in the Morning Room or even get dressed up as in our Hat room.

The Crypt

For those brave enough to enter there’s plenty to learn about the ghosts of Dunster Castle. See photos that have captured ghostly appearances and hear first-hand accounts of ghostly goings on. Keep an eye out and you might just spot something too.

Who wanders the corridors at Dunster Castle?
Ghostly figure
Who wanders the corridors at Dunster Castle?