Getting around

A lady being pushed in a wheelchair

Perched high on top of a hill the paths around the castle can often be steep but we’ve got a few options to help you get around the site in comfort.

The courtesy vehicle

Available between 10am and 5pm the courtesy vehicle can pick you up and drop you off at three separate locations: the car park, outside the shop and stables and right outside the castle’s front door. Fitted with handrails and steps to make climbing in and out easier it’s also equipped with a wheelchair ramp suitable for most types of wheelchairs.

All-terrain mobility scooters

Free to hire, these trampers are specially designed to be able to cope with hilly terrain. We’ve marked out on our welcome map all the routes they’re suitable for so you can explore the gardens with confidence. If you would like to reserve a tramper please call the main office on 01643 821314 and the vehicle will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive.

Please note that there will be a short driving assessment before we can release the tramper and they are not able to be taken of the site.

Wheelchairs

We’ve marked our wheelchair friendly routes on our welcome map. They avoid the steepest paths and routes with steps whilst still taking in some of the best parts of the garden. There is an outdoor wheelchair available for hire free of charge that can be reserved by calling the main office on 01643 821314. Indoors we have house wheelchairs that can be used inside the castle.

Stair climber

Access into the castle is by steps only, however for those who are unable to climb steps but who are able to transfer into a standard wheelchair our stair climber is available to help you gain access to the castles ground floor rooms. Available most days please call 01643 821314 to confirm availability.

Pushchairs

We’ve marked pushchair friendly routes on our welcome map which avoid the steepest paths and stairs but still take in some of the best parts of the garden. If you decide to visit the castle you’ll be asked to leave your pushchair at the porch however we do provide baby carriers for use in the castle.

For in-depth information about accessibility please download our access statement: Dunster Castle and Gardens access statement (PDF / 1.8720703125MB) download  or call the main office on 01643 821314.