The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional Grade II Listed pub serving quality English fayre and real ales. Ever heard of "Wassailing"? This age old annual tradition takes place here.
Dunster Beach enjoys beautiful views of Blue Anchor Bay and out towards the Bristol Channel. A mixture of sand and pebbles, the beach is overlooked by the West Somerset Railway Line and is easily accessible via the South West Coast Path. There are also lots of parking options, with car parks and separate parking close by. With dogs only restricted from certain parts of the beach, Dunster's flat sands, gentle gradient and lovely scenery make it a lovely spot to breathe in the fresh air and go for a walk.
Advice and information to help you get the most out of your visit to Exmoor Natonal Park. The centre also exhibits displays on local history, nature and culture and runs programmes of events including guided walks.
In a spectacular position on Exmoor, surrounded by unspoilt, raw beauty, Dunster is a medieval village largely untouched by the relentless march of modern life. The streets are lined with unusual boutique shops, traditional pubs and pretty tea rooms. There is so much to do here – the outdoorsy will want to pull on their boots and take a ramble across Exmoor, girls of every age will love the Doll’s Museum and the romance of Dunster Castle will enchant everyone.
Encapsulating a thousand years of history in its walls, Dunster Castle has many a story to tell. Wander around and learn all about its past. Perched high on a richly wooded hillside, the castle boasts magnificent views over Somerset countryside and beautiful walks in the surrounding parklands and gardens. Intrigue extends underground too, with and old Victorian reservoir open to the public.
A great day at the castle
Being a National Trust member, it's a great day out. Activities for the children, and garden walk great as well as the castle. There's an activity pack for them in the castle. Nice picnic area too. Beautiful castle.
Take a trip back to an era of steam and soak up the atmosphere of bygone days. Twenty miles of track wends its way through the Somerset scenery from Bishops Lydeard, northwards below the Quantock Hills to the coast at Watchet and Blue Anchor, arriving at the end of the line at the seaside holiday town of Minehead. Stop off along the way to explore one of the restored stations, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Minehead to Watchet and back - great experience and well worth the price, especially as we were able to take the dogs with us (at a small additional cost)
From minehead to blue anchor
A great experience, the children loved the railway. To get the best value for money, we just did minehead to blue anchor (20 mins each way). It was enough for the children, and we played on the beach at blue anchor and had ice cream before getting the train back.
Only two and half miles from Bumble Bee Barn. A very good day out for adults and children.
What a treat!
Perfect for a family outing, an amazing trip back in time.
From Minehead to Dunster and back.
Walking along the coast from Minehead towards Dunster and looking inland you might be lucky enough to spot a telltale trail of steam in the distance billowing across the countryside, you can even smell it if the wind is blowing in the right direction. A short walk brings you to the picturesque West Somerset Railway station at Dunster where you feel you have stepped back in time; with vintage signage and signals, luggage trolleys and even your boarding ticket looks as it might have done. Take the opportunity to sit in the rose garden and enjoy a savoury cream tea at the Victorian tea rooms in Dunster village before boarding the fantastic steam train back to Minehead.
In the centre of medieval Dunster you’ll find this friendly, characterful inn serving delicious local food. Its history dates it back to the 16th Century, so it really evokes the traditional charm of the area. There are options for a wide range of dietary requirements, but make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Friendly service, generous portions
Having had several experiences of poor service and downright hostility in some Exmoor pubs, we were very relieved to find a warm welcome at The Stag's Head. Friendly service, great Ploughman's and Exmoor Ale - perfect combination.
If you like the idea of singing to apple trees then this is the event for you! This age old custom has been around for centuries and refers to the practice of blessing the crops and singing to good health. Taking place during mid January (usually the twelfth night), further details are available from the Butchers Arms.
This has to be one of the most beautiful settings for a show with Dunster Castle perched above the showground. See the best of Somerset farming and livestock plus entertainment, bands, crafts and trade stands.
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