School visits at Dunster Castle

Childhood wonder at Knights school

With over 1000 years of history at Dunster Castle and Watermill, there is much to see on a visit with your class.

New for 2022

The learning programme here at Dunster Castle is currently self-led only.

We have two self-led trails available for you to use during your visit.

Why castles were built – this outdoor trail follows a marked route around the castle and upper gardens, highlighting castle defences and features dating from the 1200s.

Life inside a castle – this indoor trail takes you through the castle rooms with information to help your pupils discover what life might have been like for those that lived and worked in the castle in medieval times. (whilst discovering medieval life including feasting, entertainment and bathing.)

Each trail comes with a comprehensive set of notes to help you guide your group around the site. We ask that you complete each trail in groups of 15 pupils maximum at one time.

We would recommend allowing half a day for each trail (assuming a whole day visit is between 10.30am and 2pm).

Volunteer Assistance

For an additional charge, your group can request to book a Volunteer Assistant for your visit. The Volunteer Assistant will help guide you around the site and be on hand to help with questions and information. They may also use a variety of resources to help enhance your visit.

The Volunteer Assistant is subject to availability, and we would ask you book one per group of 15 pupils. (e.g. if you have 45 pupils you will need to split into three smaller groups to complete the trails so you will need three volunteers).

Further Information 

Please read this guide before making a booking so you know what to expect and to avoid any problems on the day. 

Self led learning visits at Dunster Castle (PDF / 0.5MB) download


All groups must have Education Group Membership or pay normal admission prices.

English Language Schools

We are currently not taking bookings for English Language Schools. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Make a Booking

You must book your learning visit in advance. Bookings are currently only available on Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time.

There is a limit of a maximum of 45 pupils per visit.

For further information or to make a booking please contact Tish Russell on 01643 823006 or