Dunster Dovecote

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Dunster Dovecote: 14th century Dovecote, used for breeding pigeons for food; eggs and meat. Revolving ladder and new slate roof added in 18th century.

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Exmoor, Somerset, Wessex, South West England, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
Dunster Tithe Barn, Dunster Village Gardens


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Dunster Tithe Barn

Situated directly across the road from the Dovecote
Restored 16th century barn, no public access.

Dunster Village Gardens

Between Tithe Barn and Church street
This third of an acre (1200 square meter) gardens started life in the early 12th century by the local Benedictine Priory. In 1536 it transferred to the Luttrell family and used as a kitchen garden for the local Castle. Now they are free and open to the public.


Inside Dovecote
Shot taken from small entrance of dovecote, showing the boxes the pigeons where kept in.


How to get here


Dunster village is within easy access of the A39, there are four main car parks situated around the village. The easiest and largest, is the National Trust car park located off the A39, signed posted separately as Dunster Castle, and free for those with National Trust membership. Two car parks are situated at the north and south of Dunster, both are small and get packed at busy times. There are around 15 on road parking spaces located in the High street, directly in front of the Memorial Hall, even at the depth of off-season these spaces are limited.


The dovecote can be accessed through the church or Dunster Village Gardens from Church street.


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Never closes




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