Dunster Castle, Gardens and Working Water Mill

An ancient castle and a comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. Home to the Luttrell family for over 600 years there's over 1000 years of history to discover.

With 1,000 years of history the castle has plenty of great stories to tell. The Luttrells who were last family to live here moved in in 1376 and out in 1976, and changed a medieval stronghold into a comfortable family home.

Move through time from the 13th century gateway complete with iron bound doors to the 1950s Blue Kitchen. Discover the rare leather hangings that tell the tale of Antony and Cleopatra and have a game of snooker in the Billiard room. Admire the 16th century carved staircase and plaster ceilings which were designed to impress and then relax in the Morning room with a newspaper. Families can follow the free family trail around the castle and then let the kids loose in the natural play area in the gardens or descend the steps into the Victorian reservoir.

Spend time amongst the fragrant hyacinths on the South Terrace in the spring or tropical planting in the summer before exploring the wooded pathways which lead to the gently flowing river Avill in the River Gardens. Discover a diverse range of wildlife amongst the open parkland and wooded areas and take in the views of rolling hills and the Bristol Channel.

You can wander down to the working watermill, on the site of a mill mentioned in the Domesday Survey of c1086. The present mill dates from 18thC and was restored to working order in c1979.  This is a working watermill, set in a beautifully picturesque location beside the River Avill, beneath Dunster Castle tor. Visitors can view the production of wholemeal stoneground flour and get a clear view of all the working parts of the mill. Also included is an agricultural museum and the mill shop.

Refreshments and lunches, mainly produced with the mill's own flour, can be obtained in the mill tearoom and riverside garden.

Events are happening throughout the year, so for more information please visit our website.

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