The West Country Sights



Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo Review

Northeast of Chagford, this castle looks like a stout medieval fortress, complete with battlements, but construction actually took place between 1910 and 1930. Designed by noted architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for Julius Drewe, a wealthy grocer, the castle is only half finished (funds ran out). Inside, this magisterial pile combines medieval grandeur and early-20th-century comforts, and there are awesome views over Dartmoor's Teign Valley. Renovation work will be ongoing until 2018, which means that walls may be hidden behind scaffolding and some rooms will be closed to visitors. Turn off the A30 Exeter–Okehampton road at Whiddon Down to reach the castle.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off A30 and A382, Drewsteignton, EX6 6PB | Map It
  • Phone: 01647/433306
  • Cost: £8.70; grounds only, £5.50
  • Hours: Castle early Mar.–early Nov., daily 11–5; early Nov.–late Dec., weekends 11–4. Grounds early Mar.–early Nov., daily 10–5:30 or dusk; early Nov.–early Mar., daily 11–4.
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  • Location: Chagford
Updated: 06-10-2013

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