In all corners of Devon, not only will you find quaint villages and exquisite cream teas, you’ll also find tremendous examples of history… with classic castles, ancient abbeys and historic houses to explore, you can enjoy a great day out discovering local heritage and humble beginnings in Devon…
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Dartmouth Castle, South Devon
Discover the depths of Dartmouth Castle. Built over six hundred years ago, this picturesque building has guarded the entrance to the Dart estuary and the port of Dartmouth for centuries.
Experience the fantastic views by climbing to the top of the gun tower or find your way through the mazes in the Victorian ‘old battery’. Take a walk along the scenic coastal and woodland paths that surround the castle, and after that, why not visit the riverside tea room for a Devonshire cream tea.
Fursdon House, Exeter
Be warmly welcomed into Fursdon House. This historic home still plays residence to the Fursdon family, who have lived here for more than seven hundred and fifty years.
Take the guided tour around the house, where you can discover the exciting history of the Fursdon family and hear spooky ghost stories too.
Outdoors, you can explore the beautiful gardens and grand estate. Follow the path that leads to Cadbury castle, a historic hill fort and well known landmark. After all that exploring, relax and enjoy a cream tea from the Coach hall tea room.
Torre Abbey Historic House & Gardens, Torquay
Torre Abbey, renowned as the finest example of a medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall, has played a great role in history…
Take a ‘torre’ around the historic property, where you can explore the Spanish barns that held prisoners in the Spanish armada, enjoy the exotic plants within the grand gardens and a magnitude of medieval history, spanning through 122 fascinating rooms. Finish your tour in the Abbey’s cosy café, where you can enjoy a delightful cream tea.
- Don’t miss the International Agatha Christie Festival at Torre Abbey –
11th – 20th September 2015. Celebrating 125 years of Agatha Christie, this Festival is quickly becoming one of the UK’s leading literary festivals. Find out more here
Explore England’s youngest castle. Although it may not be as historic as some properties in Devon, Castle Drogo still holds an interesting past…
Take a look inside and discover Drogo’s fascinating family heritage and intriguing works of art. The castle is currently undergoing impressive conservation work… why not climb to the top of the viewing tower to see the amazing work taking place, where you can experience magnificent views of Dartmoor too. Take a trek outside of the castle in the beautiful gardens (where you can also access walks through the Teign valley), all before enjoying a scrumptious cream tea at the castle café.
Black Friars Distillery, Plymouth
If you’re looking for a historic building with a quirky quality, why not visit the Plymouth Gin distillery.
Located along the cobbled streets of the Barbican, you can take a tour around this unique building, learning all about the properties fascinating past and exploring the art of gin making; you can even enjoy a tasting or two! If a cream tea is on the agenda, pop next door to Chocaccino for your fix of scones, or for lunch, enjoy locally sourced dishes from The Barbican Kitchen, situated inside the historic distillery.
Hartland Abbey & Gardens,
Enjoy a day exploring Hartland Abbey… discover the beautiful works of art situated in the abbey, along with its impressive interior which spans through medieval, Georgian and Victorian eras.
Stroll around the gorgeous gardens and grounds, which home a number of interesting animals and wildlife. With its scenic views, the abbey is great for walks and has proved itself as a hotspot for filming. Grab some lunch at the Old Kitchens Tea Room, which offers tasty home grown produce from the grounds and delicious cream teas, of course.