Events & Experiences

Dunster Castle Express

How better to visit magnificent Dunster Castle than by a leisurely ride through the beautiful West Somerset countryside, hauled by a vintage steam engine?

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Dunster Castle Express

 

How better to visit magnificent Dunster Castle than by a leisurely ride through the beautiful West Somerset countryside from Bishops Lydeard, hauled by a vintage steam engine? The Dunster Castle Express will be running most Wednesdays and Saturdays until November. Arrive in style, at a pace that reflects the Castle in its early 20th Century heyday, with a special coach connection from Dunster station to the Castle entrance. Enjoy a fulfilling visit to the Castle, with its fine interiors, stunning views of Exmoor and over the Bristol Channel.

Your journey will begin at Bishops Lydeard, where you will catch the 10.15 service to Dunster station. The bus connection will meet you there and take you up to Dunster Castle where you can enjoy the rest of your day. The Bus driver will then advise you the collection time and place. The return bus journey brings you back to Dunster Station where you can enjoy your leisurely train ride back to Bishops Lydeard at 16.23. Dogs are permitted on the train and in Dunster Castle Grounds (not in the Castle itself or the gardens). However, they are not permitted to travel on the bus. Dunster Castle is a 30-minute walk from the station.

Delicious picnics are also available to enhance your visit. Every picnic is made and put together by the cooks from the nearby watermill tearoom, fresh on the day of your visit to Dunster Castle – and for your collection on the day. Picnics should be collected from The Camelia House, which is near the castle's front door. The picnics are suitable for two people and can be added to your basket as an added extra, along with your Dunster Castle Express ticket. If there are two of you, please purchase one of the picnic options at the checkout, as one menu choice covers the both of you. Picnics must be purchased no later than 24 hours in advance. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide picnics for a single person or three people.

Picnic lunches for the Dunster Castle Express.
Option 1 - serves 2 people:
  • 2 rounds of sandwiches: Ham salad on brown & Cheese, red onion and balsamic vinegar chutney on white
  • 1 large pork pie
  • 2 packets of salted crisps
  • 2 pieces of fruit
  • 2 pieces of homemade cake
  • 2 bottles of Harrogate still water

(Items may be subject to appropriate substitution)

£14.00

 

Option 2 - serves 2 people:
  • 2 rounds of sandwiches: Chunky egg mayo and watercress on brown & Cheese, red onion and balsamic vinegar chutney on white
  • 2 individual pieces of homemade quiche
  • 2 packets of salted crisps
  • 2 pieces of fruit
  • 2 pieces of homemade cake
  • 2 bottles of Harrogate still water

(Items may be subject to appropriate substitution)

£14.00

 

Option 3 - Gluten Free - serves 2 people
  • 2 rounds of sandwiches on Gluten-free bread: Ham salad, cheese and red onion balsamic vinegar chutney
  • 2 homemade Frittata
  • 2 packets of salted crisps
  • 2 pieces of fruit
  • 2 pieces of Gluten-free homemade cake
  • 2 bottles of Harrogate still water.

(Items may be subject to appropriate substitution)

£18.00

£18.00

These picnics are designed for two people and would need to be purchased along with the Dunster Castle Express ticket. One of these three choices will cover two people. You will be able to book these picnics up until the night before your visit. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer picnics for a single person or parties of three people.

Dates
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
Prices
Ticket Price
Adult £29.00
Adult (National Trust Member) £22.00
Child £18.00
Child (National Trust Member) £14.50
Family £80.00
Family (National Trust Members) £65.00
Picnic Menu 1 (Serves 2 People) £14.00
Picnic Menu 2 - Vegetarian (Serves 2 People) £14.00
Picnic Menu 3 - Gluten Free (Serves 2 People) £18.00
Infant £0.00