A castle redisplayed
After 8 years of building work to make the castle watertight, the interior of the castle has been redisplayed after years in storage. The Castle will open on the 17 May. Inside, you can explore the castles refreshed layout, discover its precious treasures, fascinating stories and unique history.
The start of a new chapter in the life of Castle Drogo.
2021 is an exciitng year for Castle Drogo, as we move away from the building and reinstatemnt works that have been such a large part of the Castle's history, and once again start to share the collection and it's stories.
Staying safe at Castle Drogo
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the castle.
There is a one way system around the castle to help us adhere to social distancing. We also ask visitors to wear a face covering when inside the castle, so please bring one along.
You may be required to queue outside during busy time as we are limitng numbers of visitors in the castle.
About the Castle
To help you get the most from your visit we've uploaded a copy of the guide book here. We can't hand out information at present so please feel free to download a copy to bring with you when you visit.
The castle is in fact only 100 years old, built as an ancestral family home for Julius Drewe, the fonder of 'The Home and Colonial Stores' who retired a millionaire, aged just 33.
The castle was designed by one of the greatest architects of the day, Edwin Lutyens, the genius behind the Viceroy’s Palace in New Delhi and the Cenotaph, Drogo is utterly unique.
Unfortunately Castle Drogo’s flat roof failed early on in its construction and has leaked ever since, by 2012 its steel infrastructure was under severe threat. The project to make the castle watertight reached the end in spring 2021.
A vision realised
Mr Drewe was an ambitious man, he wanted to create an imposing ancestral home situated on a granite outcrop overlooking Dartmoor. Castle Drogo certainly achieved this, and is a striking building, made of granite, complete with portcullis and arrow slits. It overlooks the deep Teign Gorge and the view stretches to Haytor.
Heritage Ability, a charity which seeks to make heritage sites accessible for everyone have written this guide if you'd like to know what to expect from a visit here;