Take in new views

Family standing under the Gatehouse at Dunster Castle

Garden, Watermill, Shop, pop-up refreshments in Tenants' Hall and visiting the castle during conservation - there's still plenty to do at Dunster Castle this winter.

More to explore

Take in new views and visit the rare double overshot watermill in the River Garden via our woodland play area. Tenant's Hall is open for light refreshments throughout the day and if you're curious, head to the crypt and watch the bats on our special bat-cam.

There are two trails for children, one inside the castle, and one around the gardens. Please ask at Visitor Reception or Ticket Office for more information

Watermill Tea-room 

From winter of 2019 we’ll be starting work to improve the tearoom by Dunster Castle’s Working Watermill. This means the tearoom will be closed during the work, but you’ll be able to get light refreshments from Tenants' Hall at the castle. 

Tenants' Hall pop-up refreshments

Hot and cold drinks along with light refreshments and locally made ice cream are available from the Tenants' Hall pop-up café. With two roaring wood burners and festive Christmas decorations, this makes for a lovely pit-stop.

Stables Shop

Brimming with delightful surprises there's always something new to discover in our shop.

Castle

From Monday 6 January until 14 February 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. For availability and tickets, see the 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.

Watermill

There has been a mill at Dunster since the medieval period. This rare double overshot mill is open daily where you can see the wheels turning and on some days milling flour.

Visit on a milling day and see our team of volunteer millers as they harness the power of the River Avill to turn waterwheels, gears and millstones to produce traditional wholemeal and spelt flour. 

Milling days for spring and summer 2020 are: 5, 15, 19, 22 February, 11 April, 30 May 2020, 25 July and 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August.  Our milling demonstrations are ongoing throughout the day between 11-3pm (subject to volunteer availability). Expert millers will answer any questions you have about this working watermill.