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Dunster Castle Express

Location: Bishops Lydeard

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

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The Dunster Castle Express runs every Saturday and Wednesday from Saturday 5th April until Saturday 1st November 2014.   The service departs Bishops Lydeard at *10.25 arriving at Dunster Station at 11.36. You will be transferred by courtesy bus to Dunster Castle.  In the afternoon you will be returned by courtesy bus at 4pm to Dunster Station ready for your return steam train ride home.

If you would like to take an earlier train home, please feel free to make your own way from the castle down to Dunster or Minehead station and catch any one of our trains. Please make sure the Castle staff are aware that you will not be returning on the courtesy bus.

* Please note that on Saturday 30th August the Dunster Castle Express departs on service at 10.45. Returning on the 16.53 from Dunster.

* Please note that on Saturday 4th October the Dunster Castle Express departs at 10.45.

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Dunster Castle Express Tickets and Picnics and how to book

Standard NT member
Adult £26.00 £18.50
Child £16.00 £12.50
Family (2 Adults & up to 4 Children £75.00 £60.00

Dunster Castle Express Picnics

MENU 1 Standard serves 2: £16.00 (serves 3: £24.00)
MENU 2 - Vegetarian serves 2.  £16. (serves 3: £24.00)
MENU 3 Gluten free. Serves 2.  £20.00
MENU 4 Serves 2: 1 x standard and 1 x gluten free £20.00
MENU 5 Serves 2: 1  x vegetarian and 1 x gluten free £20.00


You can buy tickets in advance online or by calling 01643 704996. Alternatively you can buy tickets on the day of travel from Bishops Lydeard Booking Office.

Picnics are also available these can be collected on the day and have to be ordered at least 7days in advance from your selected date of travel. They can be purchased when you buy your tickets over the phone or online.

Please note that Dunster Castle Express tickets are a special ticket and discount vouchers, passes etc cannot be used to buy these tickets. There are no discounts on the above prices from intermediate stations.

Please click here for the West Somerset Railway Tickets Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy.

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