Dunster Castle, Somerset
Dunster Castle is easy to get to and a great day out for all the family. As a National Trust property, it is immaculate, with stunning gardens and beautiful views.
Why did we go there?
Dunster Castle is on route to Lynton and Lynmouth if you are going west or Bristol if you are going east on the A39 the main artery along the top of Somerset and Devon. We were on the way to Lynton and Lynmouth from Bristol, and this was an ideal place to stop, and I was really pleased I did.
What is there to do?
The National Trust manages this huge Jacobean House and castle based at the top of a small, wooded hill. There is over 1000 years of history to enjoy. The gardens are spectacular and as you walk up from the car park there are wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.
Dunster Castle has 4 microclimate areas which result in a wonderful range of plant life and a river walk and a watermill. I could easily have spent more time here at Dunster. I especially enjoyed the river walk and the area around the stone bridge. For those with more time or who are staying in the area, there are also several more extensive walks around Dunster to keep you and perhaps your dog fit.
What was the weather like?
The weather was exceptional. The views were outstanding and enhanced by the beautiful sunshine.
Where did we eat?
We had had a large breakfast in Bristol in the morning before driving down to Dunster Castle. As a result, we just ate lovely ice creams which was enough to keep us going. The Watermill Tea rooms, however, are open every day and although I have not tried them, I am told they are very good.
What did it cost?
The normal entrance ticket is £13 for the entrance and the car park is £2.50, so for 2 of us it would have cost £28.50 to enter but as we had already paid for our Joint National Trust ticket, a cost of £127 we were already getting a good percentage of our money back.
What did we take with us?
Just enough money for ice cream, good walking shoes, a light jacket just in case it rained, and a camera.