Victorian Falconry

Period Victorian dog and hawk demonstrations.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Visit the Victorian Hawk House where a variety of hawks, owls and falcons can be seen at roost, chat to the period-costumed falconers and meet Bella the working dog. Every display is different and some require help from lucky hand-picked volunteers.

Please note that flying displays are weather dependent, if rain prevents flying an interactive talk will be held instead.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Dunster Castle


Whole site
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.80 £11.60
Child £6.40 £5.80
Family £31.90 £29.00
Family 1 adult £20.50 £18.60
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £10.70

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...

Discounts available with a valid West Somerset Railway ticket purchased on the same day as admission to the site.

Car park charge of £4.50 per vehicle per day, free for National Trust members.

Free parking in designated spaces for Blue Badge holders.

The basics

Children welcome
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Please note there are steep steps and slopes up to the Castle. A shuttle bus is also available to transport visitors from the reception points up to the Castle entrance.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
24 July 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
25 July 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
26 July 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
27 July 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available

Upcoming events

A trail of tales - family trail

Mon 25 Jun 2018
Step back in time to meet the inhabitants of Dunster Castle and discover their stories on this family trail.

Dunster Castle Uncovered

Sat 30 Jun 2018
Go behind the ropes on this special tour.

Victorian Falconry

Tue 24 Jul 2018
Period Victorian dog and hawk demonstrations.

Victorian Explorers with Exmoor Zoo

Wed 25 Jul 2018
Get up close to a variety of animals, big bugs and creepy crawlies and learn all about the Victorian age of exploration.

The Tempest - Outdoor Theatre

Wed 01 Aug 2018
This summer The Lord Chamberlain's Men, in their fourteenth successful year, are touring Shakespeare's spellbinding masterpiece The Tempest - a play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love.

World War I assault course

Thu 09 Aug 2018
Right you 'orrible lot! Your King and country needs you! Come and be put through your paces on our military assault course.