Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Dunster

Cleeve Abbey

Most visitors buzz straight past tiny, tumbledown Cleeve Abbey, but it’s one of the best examples of traditional Cistercian architecture in southwest England, and offers a fine glimpse into the life of the monks who…
Top Choice Castle in Dunster

Dunster Castle

Rosy-hued Dunster Castle crowns a densely wooded hill. Built by the Luttrell family, who once owned much of northern Exmoor, the oldest sections are 13th century, although the turrets and exterior walls are 19th-cen…
British in Dunster


The eponymous chef at seriously stylish Reeve's is an award winner. No wonder: the complex creations here truly showcase Exmoor produce. Perhaps opt for slow-roast pig's cheek with veal and cider jus, or meltingly t…
Museum in Dunster

Bakelite Museum

The endearingly weird Bakelite Museum, 7 miles east of Dunster, houses the nation’s largest collection of Bakelite (otherwise known as polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride), one of the earliest plastics. The highlig…
Church in Dunster

St George's Church

Dunster’s beautiful church dates mostly from the 15th century and boasts an intricately carved fan-vaulted rood screen. Just behind the church is a 16th-century dovecote, used for breeding edible squabs (young pigeo…
Historic Building in Dunster


Most of the original cogs, wheels and grinding stones still rotate away in this working 18th-century mill; there's a picturesque riverside tearoom alongside.Admission to the mill is included in tickets to Dunster Ca…
Cafe in Dunster


The treats at cosy, friendly Cobblestones range from beef stew to veg curry, via a belt-busting Somerset cream tea. The cafe is also open some evenings in the summer – it's best to book.