National Trust || Dunster Castle with kids


Dunster Castle is a Norman castle in the parish of Dunster owned and run by the National Trust in West Somerset.  The castle is in an elevated position bringing about breathtaking views across to the Bristol Channel, Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills which is an area of outstanding beauty in Somerset.

dunster castle from the yarn market

view from duster castle

We went as a family to Dunster Castle and found it to be packed with history, with plenty of outside free-range space for the children and views to delight and enthrall children and adults alike.  We loved the palm trees and sub-tropical feel to the gardens.

The outside space is sizeable and on different levels, with each level offering something different to see and far reaching views to the sea.  The levelled lawns are a fantastic place to set up, play games, run about and have a picnic.


top garden

top garden building

swan fountain

swan close up


running to the top garden

our beautiful girl

my guys chilling out

We also learnt about the reservoir that served Dunster village, set in the castle grounds.  Dunster Castle is steeped in history and is beautiful to boot!

Entrance to the reservoir

lizzie reservoir

me and master h

lavender path


kids chocolate lollies


Harry steps

harry running

Harry running back

harry running around the periphery

harry flag



There is a cafe for drinks and ices and gift shop with local gifts, and an easy distance walk into the village itself for other coffee shops, restaurants and pubs.  Dunster Castle a great destination for families wanting a whole day out.

LS advises : take a picnic.


Please see the National Trust website for full accessibility information and parking details.

Things to note:

The castle is set on a hill and the walk up to the castle quite steep.  Within the castle grounds, some of the walks are quite steep for those with buggies and wheelchairs, accessibility of the estate may be slightly limited.  Although there is plenty to see on the first level of entering the castle grounds with excellent far reaching views if the upper level cannot be accessed.

We love to picnic where possible, however the snacks and drinks were reasonably priced from the National Trust Cafe and Dunster village a short stroll down the hill.

We didn’t make it into the castle itself so can’t comment on this, we happily whiled away a few hours in the outside spaces alone.

Overall we enjoyed our time at Dunster Castle and would recommend it for a day out with kids in Somerset.

Anything to add? Have you been to Dunster Castle? What did you like/dislike about your trip there? Any tips big or small we would love to hear them in the comments below.



4 thoughts on “National Trust || Dunster Castle with kids”

  1. Pingback: Share the Joy - Lizzie Somerset

  2. This makes me long for long summer days! It can’t be far away now, though I’m currently looking out at hail! The grounds look perfect for some free play, relaxing and family time #SharetheJoy

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