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Dunster Castle

Address: Dunster, Exmoor National Park, England
Phone Number: 01643/821314
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Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Dunster
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Castles, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Exeter, Devonshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited the Castle grounds in January. The Castle wasn't open but the walk through the grounds and the views from the top were lovely. There was a also a walk down to the old mill, a very picturesque riverside stroll.

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

children loved exploring staff very helpful nice coffee not really much more to say Nice walk round to the top, lovely views

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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

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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96 reviews 96 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
34 helpful votes 34 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
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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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