Somerset

Dunster, Exmoor

Once the hub of the woollen industry, this lovely market town has retained its rich history and is extremely pretty, attracting many visitors throughout the year. Liberally sprinkled with tea shops and gift shops as well as a National Park Centre, it’s all done very tastefully and is a perfect stop off whilst exploring Exmoor. 

Dunster Castle, owned by the National Trust, is a Norman castle perched on a wooded hillside overlooking the town. It’s well worth a visit with its fabulous views over Exmoor and the Quantock Hills and its lovely subtropical gardens.

The town itself is great to wander around where you can soak up all the history - with over 200 listed buildings including St George’s Church dating to 1097 and the ancient Yarn Market, Dunster is almost a living museum!

You’ll not be short of tea shops or restaurants if you’re after a bite to eat and drink. For dinner, try Reeves Restaurant or Hathaways or The Stags Head. For a spot of afternoon tea, The Tea Room at Chapel House and Locks Victorian Tea Rooms are excellent.

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