Trail of Tales

Take a trip around Dunster and hear stories from the past 1000 years.

  • Booking not needed
  • Admission applies

The Trail of Tales will take you around the gardens and up to the castle. Along the way you will hear tales of different characters who have visited, worked or lived in the castle over the last 1000 years and complete activities and answer questions.

The trail is available every day outside of school holidays during opening times.

Please note that the grounds will close at 5pm.

Prices

Event ticket prices
  • All £1.00
View admission charges
Dunster Castle and Watermill

Prices

Castle, garden and Watermill
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £14.30 £13.00
Child £7.20 £6.50
Family £35.80 £32.50
1 adult, up to 3 children £21.50 £19.50

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...

Entry and parking is free for National Trust members with a valid membership card. Please scan your membership card at our pay and display machines for a free parking ticket. 

We operate pay & display in our car park where car park charges will apply for non-members at £5.50 per vehicle per day, £11 for motor homes. Coins only. National Trust members park for free. If you don't have coins to pay for parking, you can use the Paybyphone app. Location code 806775.

Free parking in designated spaces for Blue Badge holders (subject to availability). 

The basics

Suitability
This trail is aimed at children.
Meeting point
You can purchase your trail on arrival at our Visitor Reception (by the car park) or Ticket Office (by the shop). £1 per trail booklet.
What to bring and wear
The terrain is steep and uneven in places. Please wear suitable footwear as the paths can get muddy.
Accessibility
The terrain is steep and uneven in places.

Upcoming events

Trail of Tales

Sat 21 May 2022
10:00-17:00
Take a trip around Dunster and hear stories from the past 1000 years.

May Half Term Trail

Sat 28 May 2022
10:00-17:00
To celebrate the Jubilee, travel back in time with this trail and explore the last seventy years.

Outdoor Theatre: Twelfth Night

Sun 29 May 2022
19:00-22:00
The Three Inch Fools are dusting down their musical instruments and hitting the road with Shakespeare’s riotous comedy, Twelfth Night.

Outdoor Theatre: As you like it - The Lord Chamberlain's Men

Wed 27 Jul 2022
19:00-22:00
Dunster Castle is pleased to host The Lord Chamberlain's Men who invite you to join them this summer for the sparkling comedy, As You Like It.

Outdoor Theatre: The Gunpowder Plot

Wed 17 Aug 2022
19:00-22:00
Cue an explosive evening of short fuses and tall tales, as five actors try to pull off the most infamous conspiracy in history.