Dunster Castle and Gardens

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.

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.

Don’t Miss

A 400-year-old set of Dutch leather hangings that cover all four walls of the castle’s gallery. They show the tragic love story of Anthony and Cleopatra.


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01643 821314




Admission charges apply.

Opening Times

Open all year.


Behind the scenes guided tours and re-enactments, costumed interpreters as well as information for teachers and pupils. Interpretation panels and garden exhibition on site. Please contact the Learning Officer on 01643 823006 or for more information.


The Castle can assist researchers with enquiries about the collection, local history and family history. Please contact the Learning Officer on 01643 823006 or for more information.

Commercial Hire & Services

Civil Weddings can be held at the Castle in either the Tenants hall, which seats 60 guests, or The Inner and Outer Hall, which seats 80. Civil Ceremonies can take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 1pm or 3pm between November and February, subject to availability. To enquire about using the space for your event please contact the Wedding and Functions Manager for more information on 01643 821314.