Why you should visit Dunster in Somerset, UK

The medieval village of Dunster in Somerset is one of my favourite villages to visit. I highly recommend a visit to the village of Dunter.

Where is Dunster Village

Dunster in Somerset, UK is a village that is set between the foothills of Exmoor national park and the Somerset coast and it is rich with history.

If you live in Somerset it is a great place to visit that you will want to return to time and time again. If you are just on holiday in Somerset then Dunster should be on your list of places to visit.

Dunster Castle

On the approach to Dunster in Somerset, you will see Dunster castle nestled high up in the hills in all its glory from the road. When you arrive into Dunster village it is filled with character and history there are over 200 listed buildings within the village ensuring the charm is preserved.

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Dunster castle itself is well worth the entrance fee (or free to National Trust Members), just within the castle there is so much to see and do. 

Inside the castle, it is full of history and beauty with the National Trust doing an amazing job to portray the castle as it would have been. From the castle, you will be taken aback by the far-reaching views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel.

You can enjoy a walk around the well-kept gardens and alongside the river that flows through the castle grounds and also visit the water mill that the National Trust has preserved and is still working.

When I visited there was a very knowledgeable employee that happily explained to us all how the mill works and just from using the power of the river.

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A Very Proud Village

What I love about Dunster is the sense of pride for the village. Every cottage is in good condition, freshly painted and with most having beautiful floral arrangements outside and this is all kept up by the residences of this pretty little village.

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The Old Yarn Market

Located in the village itself is the iconic old yarn market still wonderfully preserved and a lovely prominent feature to the village. You are able to go inside and read all about its history and why it is a prominent figure of the town.

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The High Street and Parking

There are lots of lovely cafes, gift shops and art shops spread out along the main street. There is also plenty of parking in either the car parks located a short walk from the high street or there are a few spaces on the high street itself.

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The Packhorse Bridge and Children’s Park

There is also a packhorse bridge that you can walk across and in the summer months, the river below is filled with children paddling in. It is also located right next to a well-equipped children’s park.

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The Flowered Thatched Cottage

There is also the most beautiful thatched cottage covered in flowers and surrounded by a well-kept front garden. We were lucky enough on one of the days we visited that they were allowing people to look round there back garden which is truly amazing and they were a lovely friendly couple that welcomed us in.

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Walks from Dunster

If you like to walk then Dunster has some lovely walks details of one of them can be found here https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/756/

If you are on holiday in the area why not make the visit to Dunster then head down to the beautiful coast of Porlock Weir about 20 mins drive away.

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