Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton

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#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in Dartmoor National Park
Explore the “last castle to be built in England.” Castle Drogo offers exhibits of precious treasures as well as views of the Dartmoor and the National Trust’s highest garden. Visit the rhododendron valley and rose gardens, and don’t miss the Bunty House complete with miniature garden. Follow winding paths down to the Teign River, partake in mountain biking and croquet, and then enjoy some traditional Devon cream tea. Peruse the gift shop and plant center and pose as an Edwardian in the Postcard Theatre. Arrive by foot, bike, train, car or bus. Purchase a ticket for the whole property or the garden only. Before you head to Drewsteignton, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Drewsteignton road trip app , to make sure you see all that Drewsteignton has to offer, including Castle Drogo.
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  • As the last ever castle constructed this place is full of interest. It's leaked since it was built so currently there is a huge ongoing restoration project which in itself is really interesting. The g...  more »
  • I was surprised that the National Trust were still charging full price to customers who were met with a 'Building Site'. There was not a lot of interest to look at once inside the castle, unless you a...  more »
  • Fantastic views and the memory of a unique design by Lutyens. The very extensive repairs necessitated an envelope of scaffolding and the virtual closure of many of the rooms. However what is on show i...  more »
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  • Lovely scenic walks, the castle itself is also wonderful with lots of interesting information within each room. The staff here are very pleasant. We also enjoyed some tasty food whilst here at a fairly reasonable price. The only problem I felt was it was too restricted especially in the Castle itself due to on going restoration. Would be interesting to see it again once it has had its remedial works completed.
  • Definitely worth the visit. The castle itself is more of a reproduction or folly. But the architecture and build quality is outstanding. The grounds are stunning. The site is national trust, so a no brainer for members. The grounds overlook an expansive gorge. Where you're able to walk the perimeter, assuming you have a head for heights. Thoroughly recommended.
  • Castle Drogo is quite an intriguing place. It was built as a family home in the style of an old castle in the 1920's by Julius Drew the founder of Home and Colonial an early and highly successful department store that grew from his tea shops. It was designed by Lutyens using modern (for the era) materials. One problem, that of a leaky asphalt roof, that was never overcome is finally being put right by the National Trust the present owners. It had electricity from the start and thus was supplied by hydroelectric mills from the nearby river. I, personally, would have gone for a more modern building but it is interesting nevertheless. The rooms are large and those that are complete, the others are being renovated or are subject to the roof works, contain family orientated material.
  • Although the castle is still undergoing lots of outside restoration work we had a really enjoyable day out. The extra opportunity to put on a hard hat and climb to the roof was really appealing and the site staff were really knowledgeable. Inside alot of the rooms are full of interesting facts and displays about the family. Outside the gardens are beautifully laid out and a real treat to sit and enjoy the fabulous view.
  • When visited castle was under construction and most of it covered by scaffolding. Castle Drogo is located in beautiful countryside worth to visit and take one of the public pathways. Highly recommending you can follow hunters path and fishermen path with great view or walk along river.
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