This view of one of the entrances and coat of arms reminds me that I must try to put my family coat of arms in a blog sometime.
The Castle area also contains a tenants hall, garden keep, gazebo, crypt, lemon hse, orangery plus lovely well kept stables and visitors shops.
The pay and display car park is next to the castle but also covers acres and acres of beautiful parkland for you to exercise your dogs or do what lots of families were doing, going for a days picnic at, I must say a very reasonable price.
If ever you are in this area Dunster town itself is really olde world and mostly unspoilt and worth a stroll through the narrow streets. One of the castles approach roads leads right into the village (200mtrs).
These are views of the car parks, gardens, parklands and coast from the highest point available to us on the day.
As you can see there were running repairs being done on the castle battlements when we were there, so parts of it we were not able to visit.
A few weeks ago we visited Dunster castle in coastal Somerset.The day we picked was ideal, warm bright and sunny. (see more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstercastle)
The Castle itself was probably built in the 13th century and a gateway from around that time still survives.It went through a major remodelling in about the 1860s to 70s, it was owned by the Luttrell family who lived there for over 600 years, then given to the national trust in 1976.The castle stands on a wooded hill 85 metres above sea level commanding lovely views of the Bristol channel and the Quantock hills.The Castle stands in beautiful parkland with gardens and terraces which are well kept and worth a visit.The houses interior has loads of interesting rooms, artefacts etc but interior photography is not allowed so those I cant show you.