Visiting Dunster Castle during the winter months

Robin at Dunster Castle

Whether you want to step inside the castle and learn about conservation this winter, or explore the gardens to your heart's content, this guide to our opening times and dates is just the thing to help your visit run smoothly.

Guided Tours 

Before the house fully opens again to visitors in time for February half term, come and enjoy a glimpse of life behind the scenes and see the team as they carry out their winter conservation clean on one of our guided tours. 

From Monday 4 November until Friday 19* December access to the castle's furnished rooms will be through guided tour only. These free, daily tours are volunteer led and are not pre-bookable. Tickets are available from our on-site ticket office on the morning of each day. The tours are scheduled to run at 11am, 12.15pm, 1pm and 2.15pm. Please collect your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

*Excluding 8, 14-15 December (see below)

The Library at Christmas, Dunster Castle
The Library at Christmas, Dunster Castle
The Library at Christmas, Dunster Castle

Christmas at Dunster Castle

Soak up the festive atmosphere and experience Christmas as the Luttrell family might have on the 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December, 11am-4pm. See the ground floor rooms dressed to reflect some of their stories and enjoy live festive music on selected dates.

Betwixtmas

Dunster Castle will be fully closed on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 December. Re-opening on Thursday 26 December, entry will be from 11-4pm for the rest of 2019.

Dunster Castle's device for environmental monitoring
Dunster Castle's device for environmental monitoring
Dunster Castle's device for environmental monitoring

Throughout the year, a huge variety of conservation projects take place here at Dunster, whether it be in the castle, garden, watermill, or wider estate. With the continuing support of our volunteers, members and visitors, we are able to help conserve Dunster for future generations.