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Castle Drogo

off A382 | Dartmoor National Park, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor National Park EX6 6PB, England
+44 1647 433306
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles
Description: Castle Drogo a twentieth century masterpiece set on Dartmoor is undergoing a major conservation project.
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Oh Dear. We knew that it was under going renovations, but....... If you want to see Ceylon Tea chests this is the place to go. The whole place was packed away, the walls are covered in wood cladding. All I can say is thank goodness we did not pay the entrance price to go in, we are National Trust members.... More

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85 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We have driven past the sign to Castle Drogo many times and said we must visit and today we did! Even with the scaffolding, plastic covering, the place looks impressive. You can still see some of the rooms, which are lovely and enjoy the amazng building. All the NT guides are brilliant and are more than willing to answer and... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This year the National Trust have constructed the scaffolding to enable a view down onto the roof of Castle Drogo. It is utterly amazing, especially as you can see all the roof blocks laid out below like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We have been looking forward to visiting Castle Drogo for some time. We knew from our research and TV programmes about the extensive renovation so it came as no surprise. Whilst we have some sympathy with families with small children, those we saw appeared engrossed in the unfolding story. We found all the guides incredibly knowledgable, both about the history... More

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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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244 reviews 244 reviews
120 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Castle Drogo is undergoing massive repair works. The roofing is being completely replaced over two years and room contents have been packed away for safe keeping: BUT there are imaginative displays throughout the house that tell the story of its inception and subsequent construction. You can see the work in progress by taking an easy climb up a temporary staircase... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I was so disappointed. If you are interested in building sites it maybe worth an hours visit. With young children I felt completely ripped off. Even the path through the azaleas and rhododendrons garden was shut for renovation. The castle should not have a charge until they have finished renovation.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The single thing which made the visit today worthwhile, was a conversation with volunteer Mike. He was able to share information which would otherwise have gone unknown and his general demeanour cheered my visit, which was otherwise pretty grim. After viewing the website, I decided that visiting whilst renovations were ongoing would be exciting. It was the following extract which... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Visited last Sunday because the website gave the impression that a visit during renovations would be worthwhile. What a dreadful disappointment with most rooms full of junk and the new rooms available did not make up for the sad state of those that were open. Any normal business that effectively lied about what they have to offer like this could... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Visited today, and while we were made aware when buying tickets that the outside is covered in scaffolding due to the restoration works, no mention was made to the fact the inside is pretty much a building site too. All the rooms are stripped of furniture, paintings, tapestries, objects etc. you do get to see some of the storage rooms... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

You don't just get an insight into the Drew's who commissioned and lived in the building; you get to go deep inside a Castle during its renovation, to see 'close up and personal' how the trust spent the first million pounds just preparing the building for its renovation whilst all around you the actual work is being carried out. You... More

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