Dunster medieval village is probably one of the best conserved in the country.
Overlooked by Dunster Castle
, owned by the National Trust, and whose origins go back 1,000 years. Dunster village has a wealth of history to discover, including the iconic Yarn Market, the remains of a Benedictine priory, a Working Watermill, Packhorse Bridge and Iron Age settlements.
Things to Do
Dunster is a delight to explore. Its wide main street is home to the Yarn Market with West Street a most unspoilt, picturesque street with small houses, shops, and restaurants. Approximately 1 mile away is Dunster Station on the West Somerset Railway
, a 20-mile heritage railway which runs from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard.
From the village you can take a number of stunning walks into the Exmoor hills and explore Conygar Tower and the Iron Age Heritage at Bat's Castle. If you are lucky you may catch sight of a Red Deer or Exmoor Pony! England's Tallest Tree is in walking distance, as is the start of the South West Coast Path at Minehead and the new Steam Coast Bike Trail.
The large priory church is in the centre of the village and has a carillon of bells which ring every four hours. Nearby is the Dunster Working Watermill
and close to that is the ancient Gallox Bridge, a pack-horse bridge over the River Avill. Why not take a stroll around the Memorial and Village Gardens, or let the kids paddle in the river or let off steam in our award-winning Packhorse Playground?
Dunster Museum houses a brand-new exhibition space documenting Dunster's 10,000-year history. There are many interesting items to discover, including Roman pottery and brooches found at Dunster Beach. It also houses the largest collection of dolls outside the V&A!
Local Food & Drink
Dunster has many lovely eateries to choose from. In the village you will find cosy fireside pubs and atmospheric fine-dining restaurants offering lunches and dinners. There are a number of pretty cafes and tea rooms serving traditional cream teas, many have outside garden spaces. Sample local ales and ciders, locally sourced lamb, venison, and locally milled flour.
Dunster has a wide range of wonderful independent shops to explore. Find gifts for the home and garden, fantastic local art and handmade craft, handmade chocolates, clothing, and accessories.
Whether you are looking for a long weekend at a boutique B&B or hotel, or fancy staying for longer in your own cottage with log burner and magnificent views, there is a wide range of accommodation to choose from in the village and outskirts.
Dunster Tourist Information
Exmoor National Park Visitor Centre, The Steep, Dunster TA24 6SE
Until 6th April: 10am - 2pm Saturday & Sunday
From 6th April: 10am - 5pm Daily
Discover Dunster Village Guide and Map