Dunster is just a short 6 miles away. A treasure trove of historical interest, the medieval village is the location of the National Trust's 11th century Dunster Castle— with its gatehouse, tumbledown tower, subtropical gardens and surrounding deer park. One of the county’s most famous and beloved landmarks.

In the main High Street, you’ll find The Old Yarn Market. This 17th century Grade I listed scheduled monument was an important hub of trading in the middle ages, particularly after the expansion of The Castle and restoration of the Priory Church of St George.

Dunster is also home to a working 18th century Watermill, an Exmoor National Park information centre and a wide range of artisan shops and galleries, as well as several excellent eateries.

It’s a popular meeting place for walking groups, too, with numerous scenic trails starting and finishing in the village. A trek you shouldn’t pass up, is the one to find The Tallest Tree in England— measuring at 197ft— which towers over the Dunster Estate.

Dunster by Candlelight is held annually on the first Friday and Saturday of December. Take the steam train if you can— it’s the only way to travel! This is an unforgettable seasonal event; were the whole village is illuminated with the magical glow of candlelight. All the shops stay open and lots of street entertainers fill the streets- a worthwhile trip on a short winter break.

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