Civil War Weekend

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 during the Civil War.


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

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
5 May 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
6 May 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
9 June 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
10 June 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
11 August 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
12 August 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Visitor services
Call 01643 821 314

Upcoming events

A trail of tales - family trail

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

Civil War Weekend

Sat 05 May 2018
Join the Taunton Garrison for a weekend of rolling skirmishes, weaponry displays and musket displays.

Dunster Castle Uncovered

Sat 05 May 2018
Go behind the ropes on this special tour.

Victorian Falconry

Wed 30 May 2018
Period Victorian dog and hawk demonstrations.

Little Women - Outdoor Theatre

Fri 15 Jun 2018
Bring a picnic and enjoy this timeless story in the beautiful surroundings of Dunster Castle.

World War I assault course

Sat 16 Jun 2018
Right you 'orrible lot! Your King and country needs you! Come and be put through your paces on our military assault course.