Castle DrogoExeter
National Trust
Devon  EX6 6PB
Perched on the edge of Dartmoor overlooking the Teign Gorge is what looks like a grey granite medieval castle. This is no ancient fortress but a 20th century castle designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for millionaire grocery retailer Julius Drewe.
Drewe believed he had a family connection to the area of Drewsteignton through Drogo de Teigne, and started buying up land to create a family estate and ancestral home. This extraordinary place was the last castle to be built in England and contains every new gadget and modern convenience known to post Edwardian society.
Inside the austere exterior are grand reception rooms furnished with objets d’art (some fake), family keepsakes and modern inventions like the table football game in the library and the primitive ‘Teasmade’ in the owner’s bedroom. Remembering Castle Drogo was built in the early 1900s, it is fascinating to see a prototype of a power shower, flush toilets and an electrically powered portcullis.
A tour of the ‘Downstairs’ servants quarters reminds us of the stark class differences that existed.
The property is situated at a height of nearly 984 feet (300 metres) and can experience extreme weather conditions so appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended. It is possible to hike down through the estate and the wooded Teign Gorge to the rushing river far below.
The gardens at Castle Drogo are renowned for the contrast between their formality and the surrounding ancient Dartmoor woodland. The formal garden is Grade II listed because it is the only surviving example of an unaltered design from the 1920s. It is noted for its rhododendrons, magnolias, herbaceous borders and rose gardens.
The roses and herbaceous plants are at their best in June, July and August with autumn colours from September onwards. Spring is the best time to see the Rhododendron Garden and the Shrubbery.
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Opening Times & Admission Prices
During summer the property is open 7 days a week. For costs please go to the National Trust website on this page for up to date information. Castle Drogo hosts many events like Medieval Weekends particularly during the school holidays
Disabled Access
Transfers are available from car park. There is a drop off point and Ramped entrances to castle, shop and tea rooms.
Castle ground floor is accessible however there are many stairs to upper floor.
Disabled Toilets are at reception. Reception has Braille & audio guides. The grounds are partially accessible, with level access to rose and scented gardens. There are some steep areas and steps.
Toilets & baby change. There is a shop. Tea rooms in castle and Visitor Centre. Children’s play area & quiz trails. Picnic tables. Croquet lawn for hire.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0) 1647 433 306
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Getting There
- By Car
The castle is five miles (8 km) south of the A30 Exeter - Okehampton road via Crockernwell or A382 Moretonhampstead - Whiddon Down.
Follow the brown National Trust signs - Take care - the approach lane is narrow with tight corners. There is free parking some 400 yards (365 metres) from castle.
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