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Dunster Castle Express

Wednesdays and Saturdays from 23rd March to 29th October 2016

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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, 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.

Delicious picnics are also available to enhance your visit, we work together with Paradise Catering based in Minehead, they create your picnics and deliver them to the castle for your collection on the day. All picnics are to be collected from the Camelia House which is near the castle's front door. The picnics are designed 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, one menu choice covers the both of you. Picnics must be purchased no later than 7 days in advance. If you require a picnic for 3 please contact the railway and book over the phone, this si not an option that you can purchase online. Unfortunately we are unable to provide picnics for 1 person. We are unfortunately unable to provide picnics on 27th July 2016. 

During your journey why not take part in our new Augmented Reality Heritage Hunter? Download our 'brand new' 'free to download' app mixes history and heritage with new technology offering you the chance to learn about the history of the line, its stations, locomotives and local area.  Click here for full details.

Dates for 2016: Every Wednesday and Saturday from Wednesday 23rd March until Saturday 29th October 2016 .The service departs Bishops Lydeard at 10.25 arriving at Dunster Station at 11.38. You will be transferred by courtesy bus to Dunster Castle.  In the afternoon you will be returned by courtesy bus at 3.45pm 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 the 'Dunster Castle Express' will not run on the following dates:

Saturday 11th June,
Saturday 2nd July,
Wednesday 10th August,
Saturday 3rd September,
Saturday 8th October.

Please ensure you check the website for any changes to the service.

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Dunster Castle Express Tickets 


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Family (2 Adults & up to 2 Children)



 Picnic menu choices. 

Menu 1 - Serves 2 people - Hand Raised Pork Pie, 2 rounds of sandwiches, 1 brown, 1 white, Ham and Tomato, Cheese and Red Onion relish, 2 packets of potato crisps 

(Gluten Free), Apple and Banana, 2 pieces of homemade cake and 2 bottles of still water.  £18.00



Menu 2 Vegetarian - Serves 2 people - Homemade Vegetable Quiche, 2 rounds of sandwiches, 1 brown, 1 white, Cheese and Red Onion Relish, 1 x Egg and Watercress, 

2 packets of potato crisps (Gluten Free), Apple and Banana, 2 pieces of homemade cake and 2 bottles of still water. £18.00


Menu 3- Gluten Free - Serves 2 people - Half Roast Chicken, 2 rounds of sandwiches, Gluten Free Bread Ham and Tomato, Cheese and Red Onion relish, 

2 packets of potato crisps (Gluten Free), Apple and Banana, 2 pieces of gluten free cake and 2 bottles of still water £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.

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.

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