English Heritage in Devon
With facilities for children and the less able, and a whole host of special events, English Heritage make a good job of marketing their properties. It's well worth checking out the website to see what special events are taking place before you visit.
For 600 years Dartmouth Caste has stood in a superb waterfront setting at
the narrow entrance to the Dart estuary. Its gun tower was probably the
first in England purpose built to mount heavy cannon. See these guns today
and imagine the strength of a counter attack as they fired across the water.
With plenty to see and appreciate from the Middle Ages, Tudor period and
Civil War through to World War 2, Dartmouth Castle is a delightful day out
for all the family. What's more, it's an ideal spot to watch the river and
picnic in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.
Discover tales from the castle's 600 year history, experience the sights and sounds of the great guns in a fully recreated
Victorian gun battery, and from the castle's battlements, enjoy splendid views of the Dart estuary,
where ships have set sail from the time of the Crusades to the D-Day
Before you leave, browse the excellent gift shop, full of great books,
gifts and toys, a fine selection of jams and chutneys and a luxury range of
period bath oils and lotions. You can complete your stay with a visit to the church and the Lighthouse Tearoom. Why not travel to the castle by Water? Take the Castle Ferry from
Dartmouth quayside along the banks of the River Dart to the landing stage
close to the castle.
Berry Pomeroy Castle near Totnes
Set in beautiful woodland, the castle is
truly romantic and reputedly the most haunted castle in Devon. These pretty
ruins were once a dramatic medieval castle and superb Elizabethan mansion,
former homes of the Pomeroy and Seymour families. You can stroll through
the peaceful ruins of what was once one of the finest houses in Devon and
discover the castle's intriguing history with an audio tour as you let the
children explore the ruins and thrill to the sinister legends surrounding
the castle. To make a perfect day, bring a picnic and enjoy the glorious
surroundings, before you finish your visit with a look in the gift shop or
afternoon tea in the tearoom.
Okehampton is one of the country's most
picturesque castle ruins standing in a stunning setting amid the foothills
of Dartmoor. Once the largest castle in Devon, it is mentioned in the
Domesday Book. Take an audio tour and transport yourself back to a bygone
age as you explore the former home of one of Devon's most powerful
families, or picnic by the river and enjoy the pretty woodland. If you come
in spring, the ground is awash with wild flowers and you can join us for
our annual bluebell walk.
The castle is the focal point for the
delightful town of Totnes and stands as a mighty legacy to the power of
the Normans. It is one of the best surviving examples of an early Norman
motte and bailey castle. The once great moat that surrounded the castle is
now filled with the cottages and gardens of the town. The castle has
amazing views of Totnes and the River Dart from the castle keep. You can
make a day of it and take a ferry trip along the beautiful River Dart to
Dartmouth or join the steam train for a trip to Paignton!