Dunster Castle

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Dunster, Minehead,
Somerset, TA24 6SL

01643-821314

dunstercastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Shop, Garden & Park 2016

5th March - 30th October - 10am - 5pm

31st October - 31st December - 11am - 4pm

Garden and park closed 25-27 Dec. 

Last admission 30mins before closing

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

Castle & Watermill 2016

5th March - 30th October - 11am - 5pm

4th December - 18th December - 2pm-7pm

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

June and July

To see:

Hydrangeas

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission: adult £11.40, child £5.70, family £28.40, family (1 adult) £18.20.
Garden only: adult £8.00, child £4.00, family £20.00, family (1 adult) £12.50.
Discounts available with a valid West Somerset Railway ticket

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Plants for sale in summer only.

Garden Features & Events

Ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens; Romantic castle with turrets and towers; Remodelled in the 19th century, but an important fortress for over 1,000 years; Dramatic hilltop location with sweeping views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel; Terraced gardens with subtropical plants.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
I
National Collection:

Arbutus

Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities


Hotels & Accommodation:

Luttrell Arms Yarn Market Hotel

Restaurants:
Inns & Pubs:

The Foresters Arms Stags head

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Dunster Minehead 2 miles Taunton 15 miles

Description of Garden

The gardens are 17 acres in size and are testament to the planting of generations of the Luttrell family.

The Keep Garden is oval in shape with borders of cistus, hebes, day lilies and sedums. The terrace's south eastern aspect and the shelter afforded it by the house creates a micro-climate. A line of towering trachycarpus fortunei border the South Terrace path. Along Mill Walk can be seen blue hydrangeas, a small collection of foxglove trees, towering wellingtonia, as well as Japanese cedar and metasequoia. There is also a notable collection of citrus plants, though sadly the old lemon tree has succumbed.

Direct website link: u003Chttp://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstercastleu003Ewww.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstercastle - with new garden section.

History Of Garden

Keep garden was a bowling green from 1870-1900. The castle and grounds were owned by the Luttrell family for generations.

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