An Easter weekend day trip to Dunster Castle in Somerset is our latest adventure, using our National Trust membership we chugged through the Somerset countryside with the clouds dispersing and the sun taking centre stage in the sky we enjoyed the stunning Somerset countryside.
Dunster is one of the most popular places on Exmoor for visitors. It is a medieval village with an ancient castle, priory, dovecote, yarn market, inns, packhorse bridge and a mill. Since the decline of the woollen industry in the eighteenth century the village has been locked in a time warp.
Dunster Castle, once the home of the Luttrell family, is now owned by the National Trust. There is a plethora of tea shops and gifts shops and several excellent restaurants and places to stay. The National Park Centre here provides information on the whole area and there is a large car park on the edge of the village.
With over 200 listed buildings Dunster is preserved so that generations to come can enjoy the historic qualities of this unique village. Situated in the sweeping hills of Exmoor National park Dunster provides the ideal base for your holiday in the South West of England.
Being National Trust Members parking was free and also entrance to the Castle, Cadburys have teamed up with the National Trust this year and over the Easter weekend at many of their locations Easter Egg hunts have been set up throughout the grounds and gardens this cost us £2.00
The interior of the castle is a place of amazing beauty and historical artifacts, in the rooms are National Trust employees that are a wealth of information and very friendly. In the banquet hall the walls are draped with leather tapestries that are unique to an English castle they are made of leather so that the odour of the food consumed in the room does not make the tapestries smell which would happen if they were fabric.
They were made in the Low countries of Europe in the 17th century, if a fire ever broke out at the castle the fire brigade have strict orders to save the wall tapestries first as they are priceless and can not be replaced.
With the castle exploration complete we headed back into the grounds to find the the egg hunt clues that Easter bunny had been busy placing , the gardens surrounding the castle are elegant not fully in flower yet but still beautiful.
We had found and answered all the clues that the Easter bunny had left and we had a happy girl with a chocolate prize.
A great day at Dunster Castle this is a place we will be returning to in the summer months, it is a worth while place to explore.
After our Dunster experience we travelled to Lynmouth and explored the Valley of the Rocks, stopping off to cook our bacon for a deserved bacon and egg sandwich.