Visiting Castle Drogo: What you need to know

Close up view of stone over entrance of castle. Lion carved into granite with Latin motto

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

What is open?

The castle, garden and visitor centre (including shop, cafe and toilets) are open. The Teign Gorge and car park are open dawn till dusk. 

The castle will be open 10.30am until 4.30pm daily, last entry to the castle is at 4pm.

Why not download a copy of our house and garden guide before your visit?

House guide (PDF / 0.8MB) download

Garden guide (PDF / 2MB) download

Please visit our opening times on our home page for the most up to date information. We may, on occasion, close the property due to extreme weather. If a closure is required we will communicate this on our website.

Arriving at Castle Drogo by car

Parking for members is free, for non-members charges apply. It is possible to pay via phone from our car park machines, alternatively head to our visitor centre to purchase a ticket using card payment.

We have limited space in our car park, if the car park is full, please do not park along the driveway as this blocks access for farm vehicles. There is designated accessible parking available, as well as spaces for motorhomes.

Staying safe at Castle Drogo

The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. In England, wearing a face covering is a personal choice, although they are recommended in crowded and enclosed places.

Bringing your dog?

Dogs are welcome at Castle Drogo on the Teign Gorge and around the grounds. Dogs are not permitted in the formal garden, castle, or café. Take a look at our visiting Castle Drogo with your dog article (link at the bottom of this page), for full details.

Accessibility

Most of the routes around the grounds follow hard-standing paths, but there are steep slopes and narrow paths in places. There are benches throughout the garden to offer you places to rest along the way. See the access statement for more information on accessibility at Castle Drogo.

Access statement Castle Drogo (PDF / 0.1MB) download  

We also have a visual story to help you prepare for a visit to Castle Drogo. The visual Story can be downloaded here: Visual Story Castle Drogo (PDF / 1.9MB) download

Hire of our Tramper (all terrain mobility scooter) is available daily, further information can be found on our access statement. Please email castledrogo@nationaltrust.org.uk for bookings and enquiries. 

If you have an accessibility question or need advice that isn’t answered in our access statement, please email the above email address or talk to a member of staff on your arrival.

Eating

Our café serves a range of hot and cold food and drinks. At present we are unable to provide an online menu. Further information about our café can be found in our café article (link at the bottom of this page).