Dunster is a historic village close to Exmoor. It was listed in the Domesday book as Torre (Tor which is the old word for Hill) while the prefix of Dun may have come from a Saxon Dunn who owned land nearby around this time. The villages is overlooked by Dunster Castle which originally was built by the Romans, but most of today's building dates from the 16th Century. Dunster Castle was involved in some major action during the civil war and is now the setting for regular re- enactments.
The Yarn Market is possibly the most distinctive building in Dunster and it dates from 1609 and shows the importance of wool to the area. The Luttrell arms pictured below right was originally a Guest House for the Abbots of Cleeve Abbey and parts of it date back to the late 15th century.