Historic Town of Dunster Somerset

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View of Dunster Village from the Castle on a late Summers Day

Dunster, near to the Somerset coastline at Minehead is a popular town with visitors. The ancient castle on the hill overlooking the town is its most prominent feature of course and the above photograph was taken from the ramparts. The attractive main street, at the top of which is the old yarn market, is lined with attractive shops and cafes. Even if you have never visited Dunster it will still seem familiar to you as a well used film location – check out Agatha Christie’s Poirot for instance. The architecture is authentic and transports you to times past. The castle is now Nation Trust owned and even if castles are not your thing the gardens are spectacular, especially in late summer when the micro climate here extends the season for many Mediterranean and tropical specimens.

Dunster, Somerset, Ancient Yarn Market

The Yarn market is perhaps the towns most easily recognized landmark. It heads the High street and commands a fine view all the way to the castle on the hill at the far end. Built in 1609 it has played a long role in the history of Dunster. Often used in film and TV productions it has become famous the world over. If you get there make sure to photograph from the inside as well for some very atmospheric shots. You will find endless photo opportunities here.

Sumptuous Interior at Dunster Castle Somerset

Duster castle as you can see has an interior that is rather more attractive than the castle name suggests. Built following its bequest of thanks to a loyal retainer of William the Conqueror it went on to play an exciting and fascinating role in the English Civil War before becoming a comfortable residence into modern times.

Banana plant in Dunster Castle Gardens Somerset

It is in the gardens that you will find the most remarkable part of the castle visit. The climate here facilitates the growth of an astonishing range of plants from areas of the world you thought impossible to introduce plants from. Magnolias flowing in late summer and thriving olive trees. What will take your breath away are the magnificent trees, giant sequoias and redwoods towering into the sky from the river valley. Our visit was in mid September but it would be difficult to imagine that they could look any finer at any other time. For any garden lover this is a must see of the English countryside.

Olive Tree thriving at Dunster Castle Gardens Somerset

The photo below captures a favourite view in the garden This old bridge is one of a collection of ancient bridges close to the old water mill on the river below the castle.

Ancient Bridge in Dunster Castle Gardens Somerset

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My passion is writing about travel and particularly French travel. I have traveled extensively in France and wine and food has always featured on my travels and now in my books. My friends always await our return from France with the latest new finds from the vineyards and I was more than happy to keep sampling. I am from Lancashire in the north of England but have now relocated to Somerset (nearer to France) and able to enjoy devoting my time to writing and new discoveries. France came late to me as a destination, in fact so conservative was my travel upbringing that it was a long time before I even ventured to Cornwall. I have more than made up for the slow start and have enjoyed helping many others with their travel plans to France and especially to Paris and Provence. I have written a series of four books on France - Three are now on Amazon:THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PARIS about our first steps in French Travel, THYME FOR PROVENCE our discovery of that glorious region and the people and places we met and discovered, A DREAM OF PARIS a personal memoir of our times in Paris with friends. France has been fun, we have been burgled on our very first arrival, we discovered the best cafe that changed our travel lives on the very next day, we learnt about French wine, we escaped from the most horrendous gite, we found the best of gites, B & B's and people, we laughed and cried with dear friends in Paris, I was hosed down by a crazy owner to cool me down in Provence, our breakfast in a remote village was served by the French army, we stepped totally out of our comfort zone and discovered the best of French culture. The experiences are varied and many and please come with me as I retell the stories and my footsteps are there to follow. I am also writing about ancestry and genealogy and my first book about our incredible family story themed around war and the military is now on Amazon - A BULLET FOR LIFE. I love the English game of cricket, golf, soccer, photography, walking and cooking. Oh, and travel of course.

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