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Why you should visit Dunster in Somerset, UK

The medieval village of Dunster is one of my favourite villages in Somerset and I highly recommend visiting to anyone. Dunster is set between the foothills of Exmoor national park and the Somerset coast and is rich with history.

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If you live in Somerset it is a great place to visit and that you can 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.

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

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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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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.

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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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Located in the village itself is the old yarn market still wonderfully preserved and a lovely prominent feature to the village. There are lots of lovely cafes, gift shops and art shops spread out along the main street.

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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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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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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 Porlock Weir about 20 mins drive away.

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Why not take a look at my other posts –

Why you should visit Porlock Weir

Our road trip to France

The Un-spoilt natural wonder of Kilve

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Why you should visit Porlock Weir in Somerset, UK

Porlock Wier is an idyllic spot located on the South West coast path of Somerset. It is a peaceful picturesque place with a pebble beach, pretty harbour and a couple of restaurants, small shops and a lovely pub.

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If you live in Somerset and are looking for a nice day trip or if you are on holiday visiting the county then Porlock Weir should be on your list of places to visit.

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Porlock Wier is located 1.5 miles from the village of Porlock and is at the foot of the rolling lush green hills which adds to its charm. The port has existed for more than a 1000 years with some of the cottages dating back to the 17th century.

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This is a lovely place to take children to my girls all loved our day out there and would happily go back. The car park is located right next to the beach so it does not involve a lot of walking for little legs, there are also benches and picnic benches located at the edge of the beach so adults can sit and relax whilst still being able to see the children playing on the beach.

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When it comes to food you can either bring your own picnic and with the parking being so close you don’t have to carry it far or you can grab a bite to eat there. We went to the lovely little pub ‘The Ship Inn’ that has lots of outside seating and offered a great menu section. There is also a little café and a pizza restaurant.

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You can take a stroll around the harbour admiring the small and colourful yachts and fishing boats that are moored up and on the edge of the harbour is the 17 th Century cottages which are full of character.

The reason I loved Porlock Weir is being able to take in the fresh air surrounded by lovely views of the sea and the rolling hills behind as well as the history and the character while the children are able to roam free exploring and running around the beach.

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Even without children this is still a lovely place to visit and to relax and take in the surroundings. If you like walking there are a few walking routes you can find details of these on http://www.walkinginsomerset.co.uk/porlock.php

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If you are on holiday visiting the area then why not visit the village of Porlock just down the road as well or to really pack your day out visit the medieval village of Dunster and the awe inspiring Dunster castle.

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Why not take a look at my other posts –

Why you should visit Dunster in Somerset

Our road trip to France

The Un-spoilt natural wonder of Kilve

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The Wonders of Wookey Hole

We went to Wookey Hole for my daughter 6th birthday in September and all enjoyed a great day out. Wookey Hole has lots of things to do and see there and they are not just for children.

Wookey Hole is located in the Somerset countryside so don’t be alarmed when your Sat Nav starts taking you down country lanes to get there, you are on the right track.

The caves at Wookey Hole are the main attraction but there are also lots of other great activities, I had planned to do some of the other attractions first then when the kids are happy, go exploring the caves. What I didn’t know was to get into the attraction you have to go through the cave first. I actually think this works better as the children have no choice but to explore the caves if they want to get to the rest of the attractions.

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We have explored very small tunnels before in Exeter so my children were all fine with the big Wookey Hole caves. We were all amazed by how large and beautiful they were and the guides are so knowledgeable, they overloaded us with so much information and pointed out so many interesting things in the cave. The colourful lighting inside also helps set the mood and add wonder to the experience.

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During the tour you are taken past the cheese room where behind a metal gate is rows and rows of Wookey Hole cheese that are stored in the cave to help the maturing process. The children were very quick to point out the strong cheese smell as you passed past the gates. I have to say that the cheese is very nice you can buy it in the shop outside the caves.

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The last tunnel in the cave has not long been open so  you do have to wear a hard hat to walk through it but as the guide assured us it is just a precaution due to the tunnel being so new.

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The caves are pretty nippy inside so make sure you bring some layers and wear something warm whilst inside.

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After visiting the caves you are taken out another exit which leads out into the grounds of the park. There is a decked area surrounded by lush green gardens with streams and waterfalls to look at  with the rocky cliff backdrop that the caves are carved into. It is a beautiful spot to stand and enjoy your surroundings for a bit, that is if the kids will let you. The shop selling the cheese and wine is also located at the bottom of the decked path.

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Next stop we visited was the 4D cinema which was amazing. The effects and movements of the chairs make you feel as if you are immersed in the film. We were shown a clip from Monster Family which had spiders come at you and the air and streamers would tap your head and legs at the same to give the feeling of the spiders on you. It can be quite scary for children of a nervous disposition so be aware before taking them in, they do change the film clips so it may have just been the one we watched that was a bit scary. 2 out of 3 of my children enjoyed it and only one was scared so that’s not bad going.

After thoroughly scaring the kids we went on into the building where we were just in time to catch the next circus show so we took are seats and waited for it to begin. My girls really enjoyed the show the performers ranged from about 6 – 30 years old and were all amazing. For weeks after my children talked about the show and how they wanted to be an acrobat my youngest kept asking to be picked up so she could pretend to be doing the moves.

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There is an indoor play area where the children can run around and let off some steam while the adults can get a cuppa and sit and chill for a while.

When the children had finished with the play area we headed through the wall of mirrors which was great fun, trying to find our way through and not walk face first into a mirror is tricky but a good laugh. When we successfully negotiated our way round we went to the funny mirrors where the children spend a long time looking at how funny they looked  and laughing at themselves.

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Inside the building there is also the paper mill where you can have a go at pressing paper this is an additional cost. There is a vintage arcade with the old fortune telling machines and lots of other interesting forgotten archard games.

Outside there is a miniature golf, another great activity for the children and Adults to enjoy. We all had fun playing, there were a couple of holes in one but a lot more balls going a drift.

When you are all thoroughly tired out you can make your way to the lovely café selling the most delicious ice cream in loads of different flavours, what a great way to end a lovely day.

Wookey hole is a great family day out I would recommend visiting. There were 12 of us that went and all the children and adults enjoyed the day.

Why not take a look at my other posts –

Why you should visit Dunster in Somerset

Why you should visit Porlock Weir in Somerset

The Un-spoilt natural wonder of Kilve

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