Castles & Gardens in South Devon

Exploring the castles and gardens surrounding Torquay offers a captivating journey through history and natural beauty. Begin your adventure at the majestic Torre Abbey, where you can wander through lush gardens adorned with vibrant blooms and ancient ruins that whisper tales of centuries past.

Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey is the oldest building in Torquay. It has a story spanning 800 years and was once the most important Abbey of its kind in England, the brothers who lived here then were known as the White Canons. Following a massive three-year restoration project visitors can now explore the most ancient and hallowed parts of the building where some stunning finds have been unearthed.

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Powderham Castle

The Earl of Devon's Magnificent home features a deer park, secret garden, archery, birds of prey and local food shop. A guided tour takes you through the house and Victorian gardens.

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Berry Pomeroy Castle

In a steep wooded valley, a family castle with 15th century defences, planned to be one of the most spectacular houses in the country. Never finished, it's the subject of several ghost stories. There are woodland walks from the carpark, with views of the ruins, plus the Castle Café.

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Compton Castle

A bewitching mixture of romance and history. Once home to Sir Walter Raleigh's half brother Sir Humprey Gilbert, this rare fortified manor house in a dip in the Devon hills and has towers, buttresses, a portcullis and battlements.

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A glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950's and contains many of the families collects. Outside you can explore the large and romantic woodland garden which drifts down the hillside towards the Dart estuary.

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Coleton Fishacre

Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the holiday home of the D'Oyly Carte family. The lovely sheltered gardens of this Art and Crafts House reach down to a little cove. There's also an award winning tearoom serving tasty pastries.

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