Castle Drogo (National Trust)

Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo was built for self-made millionaire Julius Drewe by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Unfortunately the castle, with its flat roof, has suffered from serious water penetration from the start, and is now undergoing a 5 year conservation project that will last until 2017 to make it watertight. Inside the castle has been completely transformed with exhibitions which tell the stories of Castle Drogo and open storage areas. You’ll also be able to see the building work in progress by climbing up the viewing tower (restrictions apply).

Stretch your legs in the gardens, perfect for a summer picnic. There’s plenty to see from the colourful rhododendron valley and rose gardens to the quaint Bunty House (Wendy House) complete with its own miniature garden.

Below the castle you can follow the winding paths into the sheltered Teign Valley. Explore this ancient gorge, teeming with wildlife as you follow the trails along the roaring river.

Or recharge at the café with a traditional Devon cream tea or tuck into a slice of cake. At our gift shop and plant centre you can pick up a wide range of plants, books, cards and locally produced food.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

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Discounts

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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Castle Drogo

  • 12 September 2015

High above the Teign Gorge on the edge of Dartmoor stands Castle Drogo. Reminiscent of a medieval fortress the castle was designed and built between 1910 and 1930 by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for self-made millionaire Julius Drewe. Inspired by the rugged Dartmoor tors that surround it, Castle Drogo was laboriously shaped and chiselled by hand out of local granite and is a lasting memorial to the men who built it.

We are currently half way through a 5 year building project to save the castle and make it watertight. We're staying open during the conservation work, giving you the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what it takes to conserve our historic buildings. Inside the castle has been redisplayed by artists, you will see elements of the collection brought together in creative ways, and darkened spaces brought to life revealing new aspects of Drogo's remarkable story.You'll also be able to see the building work in progress by climbing the scaffolding viewing tower (restrictions apply).

Stretch your legs in the gardens and follow the winding paths into the Teign Valley. Recharge at the cafe with a traditional Devon cream tea or tuck into a slice of cake. At our gift shop and plant centre you can pick up a wide range of plants, books and gifts for every occasion.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/castle-drogo

Castle Drogo (National Trust)
Drewsteignton
near Exeter
Devon
EX6 6PB
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo/

E-mail

castledrogo@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01647 433306

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