Greenway Torquay
National Trust
Galmpton
Devon TQ5 0ES
 
 
 
Dame Agatha Christie 
For thirty eight years the famous crime author Agatha Christie spent summer holidays in her home at Greenway in Galmpton, South Devon.  This 18th century house and lovely woodland gardens are now in the care of the National Trust and are open to visitors.
 
Dame Agatha was born in nearby Torquay and loved Devon all her life, setting many of her mysteries in the county, using locations well known to her.
 
Greenway has a stunning location, on the banks of the River Dart and is surrounded by 30 acres of woodland gardens.  Visitors to the house see the home much as it was when lived in by Dame Agatha and her family.  It is a typical 1930-40s home filled with quirky and fascinating collections from five generations of family life.
 
Greenway is an intimate, family home and it is easy to imagine the family sitting in the living room listening to Agatha reading a chapter from her latest book to them.  The bath house and saloon at the water’s edge have been restored, as have the winery and peach house in the garden.
 
Allow at least 3 hours for a Visit to Greenway.
 
A visit to Greenway could take some 3 hours. Due to the popularity of this small house, timed tickets have been introduced.  Only 20 people every ten minutes will be admitted.  Upon arrival visitors should get their timed ticket to the house.  On busy days there may be a two hour wait to enter so there is plenty of time to enjoy the gardens, the barn gallery, café and shop.
 
Plan Your Visit 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Tripadvisor here:    External Link
 
Visitor Information
Comprehensive information is available on the National Trust website Web:  Greenway/ Visitor Information.   External Link
Essential pre-visit information can be found under the ‘Facilities & Access’ section.
 
Opening Times & Admission Costs
Open all year.
Summer:  7 days a week 10:30 – 17:00 hours
Winter:
Greenway is only open on weekends.
Check National Trust website (below) for opening arrangements and admission costs.
 
Disabled Access
House and Gardens – partial access.
Parking for disabled visitors must be pre-booked through the National Trust.   Web:  Greenway/ Access.    External Link
Essential pre-visit information can be found under the ‘Facilities & Access’ section
 
Facilities
Barn Café serving light meals; Tack Room kiosk serving takeaway drinks, sandwiches and ice creams; Greenway Kitchen serving lunches and set teas (bookings recommended). There are of course Toilets, Shop, Art Gallery.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)1803 842 382
Website  National Trust/ Greenway    External Link
 
Getting There
NOTE: There is no parking at the property and a traffic management plan operates to reduce the impact on the nearby village.  Please use ‘green ways’ to visit such as the ferry, bus, cycle or walk. Again please refer to above National Trust web link for full details.
 
- By Ferry
Riverlink operate ferries from Dartmouth, Brixham, Torquay and Totnes.
 
Please contact Greenway Ferry service on Tel: +44 (0) 845 489 0418 or Web: Greenway Ferry   External Link
Please allow at least FOUR hours parking time from whichever destination you travel to Greenway from. Ferry travel is recommended.  The ferry has its own wharf at Greenway. Again we recommend that you visit the National Trust web link above and select ‘How to Get Here’ – detailed information which will assist. Call the Greenway Ferry Company on 01803 882811 for latest information
 
- By Bus
Call Riverlink on  Tel: +44 (0)1803 834 488
 
- By Cycle & Walking
Via the Dart Valley Trail or the John Musgrave Trail (parking at Noss, Kingswear or Dartmouth and Brixham 'Park and Ride').
 
Cholsey Parish Church, Oxfordshire
Agatha Christie is buried in the St Mary's Parish Church at Cholsey. She lived in Cholsey Parish for the last thirty-five years of her life. The Church website has interesting information on the Church itself and of course on its famous parishioner. There is also an Agatha Christie 'Walk' on the Church website.
 
Contact & Further Information - Cholsey Parish Church
Website   St Mary's Church Cholsey    External Link
 
Also refer to the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway article in this website.
 
Google Maps - Greenway