Dunster Travel Guide

The charming village of Dunster can be found in the county of Somerset in the west of England. Due to its location on a hill and close to a river, Dunster once played an important role in the history of this part of England and a number of impressive historic buildings remain here to this day, while visitors will also find plenty of modern amenities. Dunster is situated on the edge of the large and lovely Exmoor National Park and this makes a great place for visitors to use as a base while exploring the wild beauty of the area.

Things to see and do in Dunster

Set on the top of a pretty wooded hill, Dunster Castle commands stunning views of the Bristol Channel and Exmoor from its battlements. Visitors can also wander through the charming terraced gardens that are set with rare shrubs and take a tour of the castle to learn more about the history of the area.

River Avill – Dunster, England

Lovers Bridge over River Avill, the Mill Walk, Dunster Castle in Somerset, England.

Taking a stroll along the gently flowing River Avill is the perfect way to relax on a sunny day. One of the key attractions of note here is Gallox Bridge, which was built in the 15th century and can be found just to the south of Dunster.

Dating back to the 18th century, Dunster Windmill has been fully restored to its former glory and is open to the public. The mill is set beside the River Anvill and visitors will have the chance to watch the traditional milling process and purchase freshly produced flour.

A series of pretty lakeside paths run through the charming Hestercombe Gardens and are just waiting to be enjoyed. Visitors can also take in picturesque views from the well designed Victorian Terrace and wander through the Edwardian Formal Garden, while there is also a traditional English tearoom to unwind in.

Established by the Musgrove family more than one hundred years ago, Musgrove Willows is a great place to visit to learn about the traditional rural practice of making products from willow. Special courses are held here throughout the year, while visitors will also have the chance to purchase special handmade willow products such as baskets and lampshades.

Climate conditions

People who want to experience the intense natural beauty of Dunster and the surrounding area to the full should prepare for damp weather as rainfall is common in this part of England. Summer is generally the hottest and driest time of the year and the months of June, July and August are a great time to explore.