Conservation at Dunster Castle

Learn about conservation as we carry out a deep clean of the Library. See what the conservation assistants are up to in the Drawing Room, as they use it as a temporary studio.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

During the closed season we have the time to inspect and clean every room and every object in the collection. During the open season however, it is necessary to clean all the show rooms every day.

This February we will be doing a bit of both and focusing attention on one of the most popular rooms, the Library.

Prices

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

Prices

Whole site: 1 January - 14 February 2020
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.20 £10.00
Child £5.60 £5.00
Family £28.00 £25.00
Group Adult N/A £9.50
Whole site: 15 February - 1 November 2020
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.40 £12.90
Child £7.20 £6.00
Family £36.00 £32.20
Group Adult N/A £12.20
Whole site: 2 November - 31 December 2020
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.20 £10.00
Child £5.60 £5.00
Family £28.00 £25.00
Group Adult N/A £9.50

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 parking and entry to the property is free for National Trust members.

Under 5s can enter the property free of charge. 

For non-members, there is a car park charge of £5 per vehicle per day, £10 for motor homes.

Free parking in designated spaces for Blue Badge holders.

 

The basics

Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
The Library and Drawing Room
Accessibility
Located on a steep tor, with steps to the ground floor, and stairs up to other floors. Please call in advance to check availability of our stair-climber and indoor wheelchairs.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
15 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
16 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
17 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
18 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
19 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
20 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
21 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
22 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
23 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
24 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
25 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
26 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
27 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
28 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available
29 February 2020 11:00 - 16:15 Available

Contact Info

Name
House and Collections
Email
dunstercastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01643 821314

Upcoming events

Dunster Castle Winter tours - February

Fri 24 Jan 2020
11:00-11:45
Before the house fully opens again to visitors in time for February half term, come and enjoy a glimpse of life behind the scenes and see the team as they carry out their winter conservation clean on one of our guided tours.

Dunster Castle Winter tours - January

Sat 01 Feb 2020
11:00-11:45
Before the house fully opens again to visitors in time for February half term, come and enjoy a glimpse of life behind the scenes and see the team as they carry out their winter conservation clean on one of our guided tours.

Milling demonstrations

Wed 05 Feb 2020
10:00-16:00
Visit Dunster Watermill to watch the waterwheels spin, and see the miller and his team in action making Dunster Castle flour.

Conservation at Dunster Castle

Sat 15 Feb 2020
11:00-16:15
Learn about conservation as we carry out a deep clean of the Library. See what the conservation assistants are up to in the Drawing Room, as they use it as a temporary studio.

Dunster Uncovered guided tour

Sun 01 Mar 2020
11:15-12:00
From the imposing Estate Office and underground corridors to rooms both furnished and bare, these 45-50 minute tours give you an interesting tour of life behind the closed doors of Dunster Castle.

Outdoor photography workshop with Exmoor Photography

Mon 09 Mar 2020
10:30-16:30
So you've got the camera but aren't sure how to get the best out of it? Then this workshop is for you.