PLEASE NOTE....There will be no Park and Ride this year. The roads will be open and there will be restrictions on entertainment etc., We need to keep the crowds down so that everyone can cope with whatever measures are in place. You will need to park wherever you can to come into Dunster. The Car Parks will be open as per a normal day.
INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR NEXT YEAR 2021 December 3rd and 4th.
You cannot book for the Park and Ride. You pay for your ticket when you get on the bus. Unfortunately last year there was some misunderstanding as a private Coach company advertised the fact that they were full, but they were nothing to do with Candlelight Park and Ride.
For many years young children were free on the buses. Unfortunately we have now had to address this and children and young people from 5 years to 18 years will be charged £2. Children under 5 are free. The adult fare stays the same at £4 return or single and wherever you catch the bus.
The Warren Road Car Park will be free parking from 5pm instead of 6pm on the Friday the 6th and it will be Free all day on Saturday 7th.
A bus for the disabled runs from the far end of the Minehead Railway Station Car Park. The cost is the same on this bus.
Dogs are allowed on the buses.
Pick up Points - Please refer to the 'drop down' section at the top for information on each Bus Stop.
Butlins Main Gate, Minehead.
West Somerset Railway Minehead.
Watchet - Bus stop by Railway
Williton - Bus Stop near Spa Grocer, this bus picks up in Washford and Carhampton but be warned it may be full.
Wheddon Cross - this bus picks up Timberscombe but be warned it may be full.
Dunster Village - No Parking
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE INFORMATION BELOW then check the Buses and Parking drop down section above to see information about each area for picking up the buses.
THE ROAD IS CLOSED THROUGH DUNSTER FROM 5PM TO 10PM ON FRIDAY AND FROM 4PM TO 10PM ON SATURDAY.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS NO PARKING IN DUNSTER VILLAGE OR THE NATIONAL TRUST CAR PARK DURING THE HOURS OF CANDLELIGHT. THE LOWER STEEP CAR PARK IS OPEN DURING THE DAY UNTIL 2.30PM AND THE NATONAL TRUST CAR PARK IS OPEN UNTIL 2.30PM, AFTER THAT, PLEASE FOLLOW THE SIGNS TO MINEHEAD FOR THE CANDLELIGHT BUSES. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN UP THE STEEP INTO DUNSTER AS YOU WILL BE TURNED BACK AND IT WILL CAUSE A TRAFFIC JAM AND THE CANDLELIGHT BUSES WON'T BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH.
There is NO parking of any kind in Dunster Village or the Castle Grounds from 2.30pm on the nights of Dunster by Candlelight. Candlelight buses are in operation from Minehead, Watchet, Wheddon Cross and Porlock. Times below.
Very few residents in Dunster have their own parking. It is important that they are looked after during Candlelight so it is their cars that fill the Car Parks. They are given special Car Passes to enable them to do this. Please understand that even if you are a National Trust Member there is no parking in Dunster Castle Grounds after 2.30 on both Friday and Saturday.
Please note: Parking is not allowed on the Timberscome Road between the Foresters Arms and Flatford Bridge. Anyone parking there will be ticketed and towed away by the Police.