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“Delightful day out”
Review of Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Dunster
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

Dunster is a place we revisit every few years. As well as the castle the village has a lovely market street with a nice mix of shops, quaint buildings and good places to eat. Nearby Minehead is also well worth a visit to round the day off as long as you stick to the beach.
Dunster Castle is a National Trust property so free to enter for members. When we went there were plenty of games outside for children to do - boules, skittles etc. There is lots to see inside the castle although it is very much a hands off visit. Outside the views and grounds are always lovely to walk around with new areas added or old areas changed since our last visit.

Thank MarcusHurley
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

We visited the castle in May this year and found the castle and grounds beautiful however this was over shadowed by some of the staff's poor attitude to children. We have 3 children, two boys nearly 6 and nearly 8 and a 12 month old baby girl who was carried round the castle (pushchairs not allowed in). In the reception we were greeted by a lovely lady who gave the boys there own childrens guide book and let them ring the dinner gong which was a great start. However in the second room (dining room) our oldest child leaned on a chair to look at a some prints on the table. We were all quickly approached by an elderly lady who told us not to touch the exhibits. Like most children sometimes a gentle reminder is need by the parents. However the member of staff grabbed Jack by his wrist and proceeded to reprimand him about the oils in his skin damaging furniture! We left the room (quickly) and went though the castle and only spoke to talk to 2 other members of staff. One was very approachable and showed the boys the muskets. The other was like talking to one of the exhibits. In summary it is a lovely place to walk round and explore the grounds but children are not made to feel welcome in the castle.

7  Thank HelenandJon
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

Dunster Castle commands a superb view over Exmoor and the coast. Some really interesting interior decor and wonderful gardens. Slightly steep entrance cost, but would recommend a visit.

Thank futureclassics77
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Reviewed 23 October 2007

Situated on a hill at one end of the small village of Dunster the Castle is a nice little visit. The castle is a National Trust property and divided into two or three sections each charged for separately.

First is the garden and park, which are open everyday and well worth a wander round. The National Trust shop is located in the old stables at the main entrance to the garden

At the edge of the garden/park area, near the rear entrance is a mill, which is a private property and you pay another fee to get into this working watermill, even if you are a National Trust member. It is not always open - Thursdays outside the summer season the mill is closed. There is a very nice little tearoom just up from this rear entrance (on the left as you walk away from the rear gate to the garden)

The castle includes a guided tour and is a good addition to a visit to thepark and garden, and is a good example of a stately/noble home with all the attendant history and artefacts. Note that the castle itself is closed one day a week (Thursday currently).

One thing worth noting is that the castle is on a hill, and while some approaches are easier the main access route is very steep. The property does provide some assistance for mobilty, details of which can be found in the National Trust entry for the castle.

3  Thank myrm
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