The West Country

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  • 1. Dunster Castle

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    A 13th-century fortress remodeled in 1868, Dunster Castle dominates the village from its site on a hill. Parkland and unusual gardens with...Read More

  • 2. Pendennis Castle

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    At the end of its own peninsula stands this formidable castle, built by Henry VIII in the 1540s and improved by his daughter Elizabeth I. You...Read More

  • 3. Tintagel Castle

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    Although all that remains of the ruined cliff-top Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, is the outline of its walls, moats,...Read More

  • 4. Berkeley Castle

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    In the sleepy village of Berkeley (pronounced bark -ley), this castle is perfectly preserved, down to its medieval turrets, and full of family...Read More

  • 5. Bishop's Palace

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    The Bishop's Eye gate leading from Market Place takes you to the magnificent, moat-ringed Bishop's Palace, which retains parts of the original...Read More

  • 6. Castle Drogo

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    Northeast of Chagford, this castle looks like a stout medieval fortress, complete with battlements, but construction actually took place between...Read More

  • 7. Launceston Castle

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    For a superb view of the surrounding countryside, climb to the hilltop ruins of this 13th-century castle. George Fox, founder of the Quakers...Read More

  • 8. Okehampton Castle

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    On the riverbank a mile southwest of the town center, the jagged ruins of this Norman castle occupy a verdant site with a picnic area and woodland...Read More

  • 9. Powderham Castle

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    Seat of the earls of Devon, this notable stately home 8 miles south of Exeter is famed for its staircase hall, a soaring fantasia of white stuccowork...Read More

  • 10. St. Mawes Castle

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    Outside the village, the well-preserved Tudor-era St. Mawes Castle has a cloverleaf shape that makes it seemingly impregnable, yet during the...Read More

  • 11. Totnes Castle

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    You can climb up the hill in town to the ruins of this castle—a fine Norman motte and bailey design—for a wonderful view of Totnes and the River...Read More

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