Saturday 9 June 2012

Dunster Castle


Dunster Castle is set 85m above sea level atop a wooded hill and surrounded by landscaped gardens and spectacular views of the countryside.

A castle has been situated here since Norman times although the current building was the work of Antony Salvin from 1868-1872. The Luttrell family lived at Dunster castle for 600 years until 1976 when the property was given to the National Trust.

Before entering the main castle building visitors are requested to visit the Tenants Hall Exhibition which provides details of the castles history. There is an excellent example of an underground reservoir which is capable of holding 40,000 gallons of water and which was used as a gravity fed supply for the castle.

Dunster Castle claims to have Britain's oldest lemon tree in its grounds. Facilities at the site include free parking and a National Trust Shop. Photography inside the building is not allowed.

Also worth a visit is the Working Water Mill at Dunster

Message from Dunster Castle:

I thought I would let you know that unfortunately we no longer have the Lemon Tree at Dunster Castle. However, we do still have a variety of citrus plants and a national collection of Arbutus (Strawberry trees).

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Nr Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SL. Tel: 01643 821314

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