Dunster is a mediaeval village situated in the sweeping hills of the Exmoor National Park. With over 200 listed buildings Dunster is preserved so that generations to come can enjoy the historic qualities of this unique village. Dunster has a wealth of historic buildings, from the National Trust’s 11th century Dunster Castle to the Old Yarn Market in the middle of the High Street, which was a focal point for the old Exmoor wool and cloth trade.
The village of Dunster was first settled on the present site around 700AD and was first referenced in the Doomsday Book. At this time the village was called Torre. The centuries have carved out a unique little village which is considered the jewel in the crown of Exmoor National Park.
The Yarn Market in the High Street shows the village’s wool trading heritage that held sway of the towns economy for hundreds of years. Naturally the story and history of Dunster is integrally linked with the history of the castle itself which is now owned and maintained by the National Trust.