The castle

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The last castle in England - one man's dream

There’s more than meets the eye at Castle Drogo. This castle, encased in scaffolding is in fact only 100 years old, built as an ancestral family home for Julius Drewe, the founder of ‘Home and Colonial Stores’ who retired a millionaire, aged just 33.

Designed by one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, Edwin Luytens, the genius behind the Viceroy’s Palace in New Delhi and the Cenotaph, Drogo is utterly unique.

Drogo inside out

With our building project to save Castle Drogo now well underway, this is an opportunity to see the castle as you've never seen it before. Explore our rooms transformed by exhibitions, created by our designers, the geniuses behind the recent film ‘The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists’. You can see the building work progress before your eyes by climbing up the viewing tower (restrictions apply).

A tale of letters

Follow our trail of reproduced letters and memos, blown up to an epic scale. Spread throughout the castle, they tell the story of the creation of Drogo in the words of the people who made this dream a reality. From the Drewe family, to correspondents with the architect Edwin Lutyens.

Why is there so much scaffolding?

We have embarked on a 5 year project to make the castle watertight. Ever since its construction Drogo has suffered from serious water penetration.

Plenty for the children to do

  • Dress up in Edwardian costumes
  • Play in the Postcard Theatre
  • Follow our letter trail around the castle
  • Build your own Castle Drogo archway
  • Count the leaks in the Room of Running Water
  • Look through the binoculars out over the Teign Valley, what will you see?

The Drogo letter challenge

We run a wide range of events suitable for families © National Trust

Every day from April to October, you can have a go at the Drogo letter challenge hidden around the castle. Will you be able to make it all the way around the castle and complete all the challenges?

Preserving the past

We run a wide range of events suitable for families © Sylvaine Poitau/National Trust Magazine

Tuesdays, 11:30am (April - October)

Our conservation team will be out and about around the castle giving you the chance to see first hand how we are looking after the castle and its wonderful contents (not bookable in advance).