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Dunster has a well-deserved reputation as one of the prettiest villages in Somerset. The famous National Trust Castle, the ancient Yarn Market, cobbled streets and medieval buildings retain the old-world atmosphere of this gateway to Exmoor. The Parish Church is also well-known for its carillon of bells which play a different tune every day of the week.
The village itself boasts dining facilities to cater for every taste, from tea-rooms to inns and high-class restaurants. Traditional craft and gift shops are complemented by art galleries and local amenities. A walk around the streets leads to the pretty village gardens, the ancient Dovecote with its unusual revolving staircase, a packhorse bridge and working water mill. The castle broods on the hill above as it has for centuries, and the grounds around it always have something of interest to look at.
The area is particularly attractive to those looking for unspoilt countryside, especially walkers. Exmoor is home to a variety of wildlife including red deer and Exmoor ponies. Dunster’s immediate surroundings offer peaceful country walks with spectacular views over Exmoor and the coast. Dunster Beach is less than a mile from the village, as is the West Somerset Steam Railway. Nearby Minehead provides a variety of attractions including cinema, indoor swimming pool and shopping.
See Photos page for pictures of Dunster and surroundings.
Dunster High Street and the Yarn Market