Learning at Dunster Castle

Discover over 1000 years of history at Dunster Castle

We’ve got over 1000 years of history at Dunster Castle which means we’ve got lots to share with you on a school visit. We offer a variety of learning sessions both inside and outside, which bring the castle and its stories to life in ways that entertain and inspire you and your pupils.

A Sandford Award winning programme

'The dedicated team provide educational programmes with the focus firmly on fun. The spectacular site and colourful history – from Norman motte-and-bailey to Victorian country house – are interpreted using a wide range of heritage education techniques and experiential resources.'
Lead Judge, Robin Clutterbuck

Things to know

Please download the PDF "things to know before you make a booking" which contains essential information to help you plan your visit.

Admission prices

In addition to the session cost, admission charges apply to all visitors without Education Group Membership.
  • House and gardens: child £5, adult £10
  • Gardens only: child £3.40, adult £6.80
  • Admission is free to Education Group Members

Make a booking

We ask that groups book at least a fortnight in advance. To find out more please call 01643 823006 or email us.


We offer learning sessions for pupils from EYFS to Key Stage 2. From trying on chainmail to helping Cook in the kitchen, we have a variety of programmes to inspire and entertain your group.

KS3 and post-16

We have a range of sessions suitable for KS2, KS3 and post-16 groups. We will also work with you to develop tailor-made tours on a variety of subjects.

English language schools

If you would like to bring an English language school to Dunster Castle please contact the Learning Officer in advance.


Dunster Castle offers a wide range of family-friendly events and activities throughout the year where you can learn together. This includes Have-a-go Archery, Wild Wednesdays and Civil War weekends.

Contact us

To find out about our learning programmes or to discover how we can support your special project, contact us on 01643 823006 or email our Learning Officer.

Learning resources (PDF)