Armada Alert with the Taunton Garrison

Join the Taunton Garrison for a weekend of rolling skirmishes, weaponry displays and musket displays.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

With live demonstrations throughout the day you can see what life was like defending the castle with the threat of the Spanish Armada.


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 £10.00 £9.00
Child £5.00 £4.50
Family £24.80 £22.50
Family 1 adult £15.62 £14.20
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £8.50

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
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

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:

  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 Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

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

Booking details
Call 01643 821314
Dogs on leads are welcome.
There are some steep steps and slopes in the gardens and leading up to the castle


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
4 May 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available
5 May 2019 10:30 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Visitor services
Call 01643 821 314

Upcoming events

Christmas Lunch at the Watermill Tearoom

Mon 10 Dec 2018
Christmas pudding or spiced poached pears? Decisions, decisions...

A trail of tales - family trail

Mon 10 Dec 2018
Step back in time to meet the inhabitants of Dunster Castle and discover their stories on this family trail.

Winter Trail

Sat 15 Dec 2018
Travel to the lands of the Swan Queen and River King on this magical winter trail.

A Christmas Castle and Illuminated Winter Walk

Sat 15 Dec 2018
Soak in the festive atmosphere and experience Christmas as the Luttrell family might have.

Dunster Castle: Under the Sheets

Sat 16 Feb 2019
The dust cloths will be out, the scaffolding up and the collection seen as never before.

Dunster Castle Uncovered

Sat 02 Mar 2019
Go behind the ropes on this special tour.