- Dunster famed for its castle, is a well preserved medieval village that has hardly
changed since the roundheads besieged and conquered the
- The village steeped In history is well worth spending some time
Today a hole made by a cannon ball can still be seen in a beam in
the famous old Yarn Market opposite the hotel.
- The octagonal market was erected in 1609. Traders would be found
under cover carrying out their business through the openings.
At the foot of the high street, directly ahead is the steep climb to
the castle, but a sharp turn right takes you into Church Street and
a quieter but equally charming part of the village.
On the right is the Priest House, a 16th century cottage built from
ship’s timbers which forms the entrance to Dunster Church, dedicated
to St. George in the shape of a cross, the main body of the church
is 15th century, but the Norman West Door and 13th century stone
altar in the north chapel come from on earlier building.
Through the North Door is The Priory Garden.
- The castle near the
village, standing in the beautiful wooded grounds, contains some
rare portraits, a banqueting hall, and a superb carved staircase.
The castle and gardens are open Tuesdays to Thursdays, July to
- A medieval circular
dovecote probably built in the 12th century as part of a priory, can
usually be visited daily (except Sundays) from May to
September. Dunster is an oasis of historic interest and a
visual delight and should not be missed.
- Local towns and villages to visit..
- Stoke Pero
- Tarr Steps
- Wootton Courtney
- Coarse and trout
fishing on the river Tone at Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe (
on the A361 about 9 miles west of Taunton). Other good waters
include the Taunton-Bridgewater Canal, the West Sedgemoor Drain and