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Dunster Castle

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Address: Dunster, Exmoor National Park, England
Phone Number: 01643/821314
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Lovely castle!

I am a national trust member from the Midlands, I went to butlins minehead and saw this was nearby! Beautiful gardens!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Abbey J
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a national trust member from the Midlands, I went to butlins minehead and saw this was nearby! Beautiful gardens!

Thank Abbey J
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dunster is a gorgeous village and as a whole is a stunning place to visit, but I was underwhelmed by the castle. I love castles and visit them often. I think I was at first somewhat piqued by a less than intuitive or helpful service in the shop when I was trying to find the way in and some info!... More 

Thank nununoggin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Great day out. Beautiful castle set in lovely grounds that you can explore. Views of the sea. The village was lovely too, with plenty of places to eat and drink. Car park close by. Really enjoyable day trip.

Thank Georgiem91
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed seeing the Christmas trees in the house and chatting with the knowledgable and friendly stewards. This is an excellent NT house and this was our second visit. Very different in the winter to how it was in the summer...quite atmospheric. Good shop...could have spent a fortune!

Thank Ian S
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Our first visit, despite being fairly local, for the garden lights trail. I am asking was it worth the money, the children were not impressed by the lights. The castle is fine but the path around lit sparsely with rope lights does not meet the billing. The walk around the village was better.

Thank Neal M
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It's a bit of a hike to get up to the castle, but well worth it. At candlelight, the castle is lit with various colour lights, and looks most impressive. The inside is decorated as it would have been in the 50's, surprisingly sparse, but tastefully done. In the evening only the lower rooms are open. Local crafts are on... More 

Thank Chaz-b98
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It was quite a climb up to the castle and then quite a few steps....not easy for anyone who is frail. The walk was worth it. The ground floor of the castle was decorated for Christmas. There were several Christmas trees and when we arrived a choir was singing on the main staircase accompanied by a pianist at the grand... More 

Thank Janet O
Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Looked around the lower floors of the castle and also the new tour of the lower kitchens which was brilliant and very informative of how life was for the servants in those days excellent

Thank Kevin D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015 via mobile

Visited the castle on the Candle light weekend. It was magical. The castle was lit outside with coloured lights and each room had a Christmas tree and was set in a different era.

Thank Louannhood
Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

This is our second visit to Dunster Castle. Such history, such a setting! And the views to the sea were spectacular. Thoroughly enjoyed the tours through the rooms, and the walks around the castle.

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