The garden at Castle Drogo

The sunken rose garden at Castle Drogo

Created over 100 years ago by Sir Edwin Lutyens and George Dillistone this terrace garden was carved out of granite. There's something of interest to see in all seasons.

Enter the castle's garden and feel as if you've been transported to a fascinating and beautiful new world. 

Before your visit you can download the garden guide here:

Garden guide (PDF / 2MB) download

Spring in the Castle Drogo garden 

Spring is an exciting time to visit the garden with new life emerging all around, there’s always plenty to see. Our favourite spring locations are the spring boarders that run along the edges of the rose garden. The rhododendron garden, situated below the main garden. The rhododendron garden is at its best in late spring with rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias all in bloom. Throughout the spring the grounds around the formal garden are dotted with wildflowers throughout the season.

The Fragrant Terrace in the garden is full of spring flowers.
The Fragrant Terrace in the Castle Drogo garden.
The Fragrant Terrace in the garden is full of spring flowers.


 The Formal Garden. Sitting at an impressive 250 metres (820 feet) the Formal Garden holds the claim of being the highest garden cared for by the National Trust.

The Rose Garden forms the centre piece to the formal gardens with 24 square and rectangular beds planted with a variety of roses. The altitude, and exposed location coupled with acidic soil make this a very challenging location for roses to grow. Looking back down the path from the rose garden you can catch a glimpse of the moors in the distance.

The Herbaceous Borders are vibrant for most of the year, with sculpted paths snaking to the left and right of the rose garden.

The Shrubbery changes colour throughout the year but is at its best in spring and autumn. Filled with Azaleas, Japanese maples, cherries, magnolias and eucryphias, it provides a link between the Formal Garden and Circular Lawn.   

The Circular lawn formally the Drewe family’s tennis court and croquet lawn sits at the top of the garden. The lawn is circled by a hedge and beech trees making it a sheltered spot. Now it provides an excellent location for families to picnic and play just as the Drewe family did.