Daws Castle

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0JP

Before You Go

The clifftop fortress of Daws Castle was founded by King Alfred to defend the people of Watchet against Viking attacks.

Before You Go

Access: The England Coast Path at Cleeve Hill in Watchet is closed for safety reasons following an inspection of the cliffs on the route. An alternative route is signposted from Mill Street in Watchet, re-joining the trail on the B3191 at Daws Castle. 

All users are reminded not to tresspass in the closed off area, and to follow the diverted route. While closure in please follow the diversion signs on the ground. Visit https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ for more information and access to an online map. 

Parking: Paid parking is available Visit in Watchet.

Facilities: There are shops, food outlets and toilets nearby in Watchet.

Dogs: Please keep dogs on leads.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. 

Plan a Great Day Out

A short drive away is the pretty village of Dunster, where you can find the prominent Yarn Market on the main street and the charming Gallox Bridge spanning the River Avill. Or you could visit nearby Cleeve Abbey, which boasts the most complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England.