Find places to stay in and around Dunster on the border of Exmoor National Park. Dunster Estate, which surrounds the medieval village, is in a superb location where Exmoor meets the sea.
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Dunster, Somerset, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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Counties: Somerset, Devon
National Park: Exmoor. (Dartmoor's an hour and a half drive to the south)
Nearby AONBs: North Devon, Quantock Hills
Select Towns: Lynton, Minehead, Dulverton
Select Villages: Lynmouth, Porlock, Porlock Weir, Combe Martin, Wheddon Cross
Nearby Cities, Towns and Villages: Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Mortehoe, Exeter

One of South West England's most beautiful villages
A peach of a place. Dominated by Dunster Castle, the village has a wide central street and a seventeenth century Yarn Market. We'd recommend you explore Dunster on your way into Exmoor if you are heading to the Park from the east for a holiday or weekend break. Alternatively, book accommodation in Dunster and use it as a base from which to exlpore Exmoor, Somerset and Devon.

We think it's one of South West England's most beautiful villages.*

Dunster Estate
Dunster Estate surrounds the medieval village and is packed with things to do and see. Of particular mention is the tall trees trail, which has an all abilities trail amongst the tall trees including the tallest tree in England (60m/200ft) and the tallest magnolia in England (24m/79ft)!

Exmoor National Park and the coast
On the eastern border of Exmoor National Park, Dunster's also a short distance from the coastline. Minehead, a very popular British seaside resort, is to the north west and Watchet to the east.

The main destination in the area is, clearly, the National Park. We'd recommend walking to the summit of Dunkery Beacon and Hill for superb views down to Dartmoor National Park and across the Bristol Channel to the Brecon Beacons National Park. This is the highest point in the Park.

Visit also Porlock Weir and Doone Valley, Lynmouth and Exmoor Zoo. Walk the South West Coast Path (which begins, or ends, in Minehead) and look out for Exmoor Ponies.

Further afield
A little further afield, we'd suggest you spend a few days exploring the beaches of the North Devon AONB.

* For other beautiful villages in South West England, we'd recommend Castle Combe and Sennen, Clovelly and Lacock. Try also Bibury, Beer and West Lulworth.


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View from Bats Castle to Dunkery Beacon

Located in Dunster, Somerset, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

On the border of Exmoor National Park, Dunster Estate is where Exmoor meets the sea. Ten thousand acres of rolling heather moors, lush wooded valleys, diverse wildlife, coastal views and a timeless sense of peace. With a...

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Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster
Star Rating

Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 24; Rates: 65 - 140 Per Night

The hotel is set in the beautiful, Medieval Village of Dunster within Exmoor National Park Family run Hotel in Exmoor National Park, a wonderful place to rest, relax, walk, ride and recharge your 'batteries'...

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Mulberry Cottage
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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 312 - 717 Per Week

In a secluded coastal location on the edge of Exmoor and within 1 mile of medieval Dunster is this attractive former stone barn. Newly renovated to a very high standard and retaining original timbers it adjoins the owner...

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The Old Coach House, Ellicombe Cottages
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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 265 - 593 Per Week

At the foot of Grabbist Hill (N.T.) in the Exmoor National Park these four beautifully furnished and well equipped Grade II listed cottages are set in the grounds of 16th century Ellicombe Manor. Clustered around a cobbl...

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