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Dunster Castle

Dunster, Exmoor National Park, England
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Dunster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Devon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

As National Trust members we're used to visiting many old buildings. Dunster Castle is well worth a visit. It's a well thought out venue with even some subtle sound effects (in the old stables and dungeons for example) which worked well. The gardens are quite extensive and there's a lovely walk down through them to the riverside. Special mention for... More 

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited the morning after Dunster by Candlelight, when the ground floor was still open. Apparently the 2 evenings had been really busy, but it was pleasantly quiet when we were there, allowing us space and time to appreciate the way it had been decorated for Christmas and enjoy the pianist playing Christmas carols. There was even a bowl in... More 

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bristol
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We too visited the Castle during Dunster by candlelight weekend, but there were so many people there that when the choir were singing in the castle it was impossible to get in through the crowds. Only the ground floor was open to the public on this occasion and this was reflected in the price of £4 per adult but although... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

A great Castle with views over Dunster. We visited during Dunster by candlelight. The castle is not normally open during the winter (check national trust website for opening hours). However for Dunster by candlelight the castle opens the ground floor and you can see it decorated with Christmas trees. The castle takes on a completely different look in the dark... More 

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Moncton, Canada
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47 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Wonderful, friendly staff and volunteers welcome you to this "home" and answer any questions you may have. We were thrilled to be able to participate in the kitchen tour guided by a lady passionate about history. Her explanations were clear, engaging and lively! Even the snooker room was operational!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We are so pleased we allowed the time to visit this amazing insight into the history of the area and the families that have lived at Dunster Castle. Allow plenty of time to explore the castle and the grounds. Also check out the walled Dahlia Garden that is being re-created in the old section of the village.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Fab to walk round if you dont mind walking, the scenery around the castle is stunning. Shame when we visited the main house was closed, but the bits we viewed were very interesting and quite eerie. You need to make sure you wear walking boots as obviously the ground is very uneven and cobblestones everywhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

we just visited in November,the grounds are loving cared for with some beautiful plants. At £11.20 to admit two adults to the grounds some may say expensive but if you think of all the time it takes to up keep this old castle that has so very much to offer then I think it is worth the money. Outstanding views,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
37 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

If you are visiting Somerset you can't miss visiting this lovely place, this casle is build on top of the hill, you get to see breathtaking veiws of Somerset, the gardens is heavenly, the stream, the mill, and the coffee shop, I enjoyed my tea with scone jam and cream. I would not hesitate visiting this glamerous castle again, will... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Visiting in November when the Castle is closed, the station closed, and the gardens are long passed their best - the entry price seems a little bit expensive ( £11.20 for two). As one of us is disabled it made walking upwards difficult and the signage was not helpful to the disabled. In fact the whole place is not disability... More 

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