Information for Families

Exploring the autumnal garden colours at Dunster Castle

It can be hard work travelling with little ones, so here is some information that might make your visit easier, in no particular order.

Parking: The National Trust car park is located 300 yards from the ticket office. There are some steep slopes up to the Castle, perfect for ticking off one of your '50 things'.


Buggies: Although there are no restrictions on bringing a pushchair into the garden and grounds,  it can be difficult to traverse as often there are slopes and uneven stones or cobbles in parts.  We ask that pushchairs and baby carrier backpacks are left at the house entrance, and the Hippychick hipseat carriers used as an alternative. 


Toilets: Toilets, including baby-changing facilities are available both by the ticket office and also up on Green Court. 


Food and drink: Children's lunches are available in the Watermill Tearoom.


Picnics: If you are bringing your own lunch, there are tables and benches available in the picnic area by the carpark. Picnics can also be had on the South Terrace, Green Court, and the Keep Garden. Please can we ask that you take your rubbish home with you after your picnic. Thank you.


Games: In the summer months, there are lawn games available on Green Court for children (and grown-ups) to play, ensuring hula-hoop challenges a-plenty. Inside the castle you will find games and puzzles in the Morning Room for you to have a go at.


Ice creams: For treats, we sell Marshfield Ice Cream in handy tubs, either at the National Trust shop, the Watermill Tearoom or at Camellia House. We also sell Scoops Ice Cream, just for the four-legged members of the family.


Shop: The National Trust shop sells a wide range of souvenirs and toys for children of all ages.


Dogs: If you are bringing your dogs, they are allowed everywhere except from inside the Castle and Watermill Tearoom, but must be on a lead and under control.  Water for dogs can be found outside the National Trust shop and castle.  There is plenty of shelter and seating for people who are accompanied by their canine family member around the property.


Castle: Dunster Castle is particularly great for children as they are allowed to immerse themselves in the house; they can try on costumes, have a go on the full sized billiard table and much more.  However we do ask that children are supervised by you at all times.