Dunster medieval village is probably one of the best conserved in the country.

Dunster medieval village is probably one of the best conserved in the country. Overlooked by its fairy-tale castle, now owned by the National Trust, its wide main street is home to the Yarn Market. On the hill at the other end of the village is the folly of Conygar Tower, which also offers good views over the village. The large priory church is in the centre of the village and has a carillon of bells which ring every four hours. By the church is the restored tithe barn as well as a dovecot. Nearby is the Dunster Working Watermill and close to that is the ancient Gallox Bridge, a pack-horse bridge over the River Avill.

West Street is a most unspoilt and picturesque street with small houses, shops and hotels. About a mile away is Dunster Station on the West Somerset Railway, offering a chance to go back in time to when everything was at a more sensible pace.

For those who like walking, there are some excellent walks over Grabbist Hill, or up to Bats Castle, or through the castle deer park. You can easily spend a day or more here without using your car.

Top Highlights

  • Dunster Castle
  • Dunster Working Watermill
  • The Yarn Market
  • St Georges Priory church
  • The Dovecot
  • Gallox Bridge

Local Events

  • Visit Dunster Castle - anytime
  • Dunster Archery Week - June
  • Dunster Country Fair - July
  • Dunster Show - August
  • Dunster by Candlelight - first Friday and Saturday in December

Tourist Information

Dunster Visitor Centre, Minehead TA24 6SE
Phone:01643 821835
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in season

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