Visiting Dunster Castle during the winter months

Visitors on a tour at Dunster Castle

Whether you want to step inside the castle and learn about conservation this winter, or explore the unseen rooms below stairs, this information on our guided tours is just the thing to help your visit run smoothly.

Winter tours

Before the house 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. 

Our winter guided tours offer a glimpse of life during the conservation season
Our winter guided tours offer a glimpse of life during the conservation season
Our winter guided tours offer a glimpse of life during the conservation season

From Monday 6 January until 14 February access to the castle's furnished rooms will be through these guided Winter tours only. These daily tours are volunteer led and are not pre-bookable. For availability and tickets, see the on-site ticket office on the morning of each day.

Tickets can be collected from the ticket office. Please note that spaces on these tours are limited to 16, and tickets are given out on a first come, first serve basis.  Please collect your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Winter tour times: 11am, 12.15pm, 1pm and 2.15pm.

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.

The Victorian Kitchen at Dunster Castle.
The Victorian Kitchen at Dunster Castle.
The Victorian Kitchen at Dunster Castle.

Victorian Kitchen tours and Attic tours 

Starting again on 15 February, these tours continue to be popular with visitors, offering a glimpse of what life would have been like for servants at Dunster Castle.  

Tours should last approximately 45 minutes and cover many of the rooms that are not accessible on the normal visitor route. There are 16 tickets for each tour and these are not pre-bookable.

Victorian Kitchen tours: 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm.

Attic tours: 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm.

" The gardens are marvellous, and the castle superb. If you go be sure to take the Victorian Kitchen tour - informative, entertaining, and delivered by a guide who knows, and obviously enjoys what he is talking about. Highly recommended."