Days Out: Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle, based in Dunster near Minehead,  is an ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens.

Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history.  You can trace more than 1,000 years of history at Dunster Castle. Find out how it evolved from a Saxon stronghold into a comfortable Victorian home.

Photo © Charlie Waite.

Photo © Charlie Waite.

The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years.

The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor.

With a beautiful castle to explore, many hands on activities, gardens, a crypt and more, this is certainly a fun and historical day out.

You can read more about Dunster Castle here:  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle/