High above the ancient woodlands of the Teign Gorge stands Castle Drogo. Inspired by the rugged Dartmoor tors surrounding it, the castle was designed and built by renowned 20th-century architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for the self-made millionaire Julius Drewe. Times are changing at Drogo, as the project to restore the castle and grounds to a state worthy of the Drewe family nears completion after six years of major conservation work. Inside the castle a programme of conservation and redisplay reveals what it takes to care for the building and collection, telling the stories of Drogo and celebrating its architecture.
Note: access may be restricted or changed due to reinstatement works. Access guide available. Eat, shop, stay: popular licensed café in the visitor centre, with outside seating, serving light meals, homemade cakes and scones. Picnics welcome in orchard. Shop stocking gifts, local beers, jams and a good-sized plant centre. Holiday cottage nearby at Chagford.
Things to see and do:
Programme of specialised guided tours, family trails and events. nationaltrust.org.uk
Lutyens-designed terraced garden, games onlawn. Walks into the Teign Gorge, views across Dartmoor, riverside paths. Dogs: welcome on leads in grounds and wider estate. Assistance dogs only in formal garden.
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National Trust - Castle Drogo, Castle Drogo Drive, Drewsteignton, Exeter, UK