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1. Castle Drogo

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Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo was the 'last castle to be built in England', and is perched high above the Teign Gorge with dramatic views over Dartmoor. It was actually the 20th century home of self made millionaire Julius Drewe, and contains family keepsakes, dolls houses and books and modern technology such as gramophones and radios, set alongside 17th century tapestries and inlaid tables.
The beautiful formal garden makes a striking contrast to Dartmoors ancient woodlands, which creep right up to the borders of the grounds.
Play a family game of croquet on the huge circular lawn, while younger children enjoy the play area nearby, then explore the estate and hike down through the wooded Teign Gorge to the rushing river far below. 
Castle Drogo is one of the most remarkable works of architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
There are family activities every day of school holiday, and facilities include a shop, plant sales, cafe and toilets.

Castle Drogo  Address:
Castle Drogo
Nr Exeter
England, UK

Castle Drogo  Opening Times:
Open daily throughout the year, 11.00 am to 5.00 pm (4.30 pm during December). Closed on weekdays late February to early March and late November to early December. Also closed on Tuesdays in March and September/October. Please see the Castle Drogo Website for full details.

Garden, Shop, Visitor Centre, Tea-room 
Open daily throughout the year, 8.30 am to 5.00 pm (5.30 pm  March to October). Closed on Fridays during December - see the Castle Drogo website for details.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Castle Drogo  Admission:
Gift Aid
Adult £8.60
Child £4.30
Family £21.60
Family (1 adult) £12.90

Adult £7.80
Child £3.90
Family £19.60
Family (1 adult) £11.70

Garden & grounds only (Gift Aid)
Adult £5.50
Child £3.15
Garden & grounds only (Standard)
Adult £5.00
Child £2.85

Reduced rate when arriving by cycle or public transport. Croquet lawn normally opens June–September; equipment hire from visitor reception.

T  +44 (0)1647 433306

   +44 (0)1647 434118 (Shop)

F  +44 (0)1647 433186

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