Civil War Weekend

Step back in time with Taunton Garrison.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join the Taunton Garrison at their Living History Camp and experience what life was like during the Civil War. Battle re-enactments and weapons demonstrations throughout the day!


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


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.20 £11.00
Child £6.10 £5.50
Family £30.40 £27.50
Family one adult £19.50 £17.65
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.70
Garden only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.80 £8.00
Child £4.40 £4.00
Family £22.00 £20.00
Family one adult £13.90 £12.60
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £9.70

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.

Car park charge of £2.50 per vehicle per day, free for National Trust members with a valid car sticker and membership card.

Free parking in designated spaces for Blue Badge holders.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
29 April 2017 10:00 - 16:30 Available
30 April 2017 10:00 - 16:30 Available
24 June 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
25 June 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
12 August 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available
13 August 2017 10:30 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Visitor Services Manager
Call 01643 821314

Upcoming events

A trail of tales - family trail

Fri 28 Apr 2017
Step back in time to meet the inhabitants of Dunster Castle and discover their stories on this family trail.

Civil War Weekend

Sat 29 Apr 2017
Step back in time with Taunton Garrison.

'Have a go' Archery

Sun 28 May 2017
How good are you with bow and arrow? Try your hand at archery on the Green Court.

Family jousting

Wed 31 May 2017
Test your knightly skills as a family.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Outdoor theatre

Sat 17 Jun 2017
Shakespeare's best loved romantic comedy. Bring a blanket or low backed chairs and settle in for the evening.

Victorian Explorers with Exmoor Zoo

Wed 26 Jul 2017
Get up close to a variety of animals, big bugs and creepy crawlies and learn all about the Victorian age of exploration.