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Review of Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Dunster
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Our first stop was the kids play area. Kids aged 9 and 6 found it great fun, simple but with challenging leaps between tree stumps. Also had a basic see saw which they could jump on and hurl each other in to the air.
Had a fantastic game of Pooh Sticks on a bridge nearby.
Fortified ourselves on some cake in the tea shop past the water mill. Very busy, as it was raining, but service was okay.
The castle was wonderful, the guides so friendly. There were a number of hands on exhibits, which the kids loved.
The highlight for me was the crypt. It wasn't as subterranean as I would have liked, but the ghostly surprise made me chuckle, and the kids suitably spooked.

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Castle Tapestries”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Dunster Castle is worth a visit though if you aren't reasonably fit you may need a lift from the car park as being a castle it's quite a climb to reach. Once there though it's very well preserved and interesting. Make a point of seeing the room with the leather tapestries there's only one more set like it and I believe those are in Denmark. The colours are amazing and only recently have they been easy to see as new lighting has been installed which doesn't damage them.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Simply not to be missed”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Staying quite locally in Taunton, family of four adults and 2 children decided to chance it not being too crowded on the Whitsun bank holiday Monday. Despite both the castle and village being very busy, as expected, there is just so much to see that it really doesn't matter just how busy it is. The village is quite sweet- lots of lovely small shops, particularly 'The Chocolate House' which is a must on a visit. Many very pretty cottages with truly lovely gardens.We were all so impressed by the beautiful grounds and gardens of the Castle and several hours here was insufficient to get round to seeing it all, but this is the beauty of being National Trust members...........we shall return! Top class attraction, a stone's -throw from Minehead.

Visited May 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Fab way to spend a few hours”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

What a fantastic place for a family day out. We took our two kids and two dogs and, the castle aside, everywhere was accessible. The Castle is set in the most beautiful grounds and although we spent several hours walking round, we didn't go everywhere. The Castle Grounds border the old Village of Dunster which is also worth a look around. Have visited lots of National Trust properties but this is one of the best.

Visited May 2014
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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“A taste of history”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stopped off at Dunster castle on our way to Minehead and spent a couple of hours walking through the building and grounds. The National trust have done an excellent job of telling the story and showing how people lived through the years. You can have a go at napkin folding, cutlery placements and even pot a few balls on the snooker table. A truly interactive tour.The grounds are well kept and although it was raining we still wandered around and enjoyed the fauna and stream

Visited May 2014
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