Compton Castle

Compton Castle and garden in summer

Fun for families at Compton Castle 

Little ones love castles, and at Compton there is plenty to keep them enchanted. Take a peek at the medieval rooms and discover the costumes ready to try on, explore the paths in the garden and complete the spotter trail.

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A distant view of the north front of Compton Castle, Devon

A brief history of Compton Castle 

Find out about the history of Compton, which stretches back to the 1400s, and includes famous connections in Sir Humphrey Gilbert and his half brother Sir Walter Raleigh. There's a video of Sir Humphrey's life and times you can watch as well.

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Compton Castle

Places to stay

The garden at Compton Castle, with holiday cottage the Watch Tower in the background

The Watch Tower 

The three-storey building of the Watch Tower is built into the curtain wall of Compton Castle. It has been carefully restored, features a narrow winding staircase and small peeping windows, and sleeps two people.

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Our work

Details of three portraits

Addressing our histories of colonialism and historic slavery 

Compton Castle, along with a number of other places and collections in our care, deals with contentious political histories. Learn more about what we are doing to be inclusive in our work and acknowledge the impact and legacies of colonialism.

View from the top of Compton Castle, Devon

Protecting the castle  

Compton Castle had a blanket of scaffolding last year, as we undertook some extensive restoration and installed a brand new lightning protection system.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Compton Castle on the National Trust Collections website