Historic Medieval Village


Dunster is a very special and unique place, located between the Exmoor National Park and the beautiful West Somerset coast. It is probably the largest and most complete medieval village in England – a true national treasure.

The focal point of Dunster is the impressive Dunster Castle, which overlooks the picturesque village. It is said that the castles origins go back a thousand years.

Dunster is steeped in history from the iconic Yarn Market, the ruins of a Benedictine priory, a fully working watermill, packhorse bridge and Iron Age settlements.

However, it’s not all history and ruins, there are plenty of great places to shop for, eat and drink on either side of the village’s charming market square.

Yarn Market

One of the most iconic buildings in Dunster. This timber-framed octagonal market hall is a living monument to Dunster’s historic yarn and cloth trade.

Lovers Bridge

This delightful and intriguing bridge spans the River Avill in the village near Dunster Castle. It was designed and built as an enhancement of the castle grounds in a deliberate rustic style. It’s a must-see when visiting Dunster.

Conygar Tower

The Conygar Tower in Dunster was built in 1775. It’s a circular three-storey folly tower built of red sandstone and looks out over Dunster village. It stands about eighteen metres (almost 60 feet) tall, and can be seen from Dunster Castle on the opposite hill.

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Dunster Exmoor National Park Centre

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