Amongst the mysteries of the moor are a gorge, a forge and a spectacular modern fortress

Places to visit

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Where to go this Christmas?

Visitors at the front entrance which has been decorated for Christmas at Saltram, Devon

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Child at Dunster Castle, Somerset

Top Christmas days out in the South West 

Take a look at the top places to visit and festive experiences, from enchanted houses, to fairytale stories and handmade garlands.

Upcoming events

Buckland Abbey

Tasting day in the shop - National Trust all-butter biscuits

Sat 16 Nov 2019
Head to the shop to sample Orange & Almond, Chocolate & Hazelnut, Apple Crumble and Raspberry & White Chocolate all-butter biscuits. These duo packs make the perfect Christmas gift.
Castle Drogo

Drogo 10 Run

Sun 17 Nov 2019
One of the most spectacular cross country races in England. This is a challenging 10 miles up and down the beautiful Teign Gorge. Organised in co-operation with the South West Road Runners. For information and to register contact SWRR on...
Castle Drogo

#ThanksToYou: Free entry for National Lottery players

Sat 23 Nov 2019
By purchasing a lottery ticket or scratch card, National Lottery players have contributed more than £14million towards National Trust conservation projects over the last 3 years. To say thank you, we're offering free entry to Castle Drogo from...
Buckland Abbey

Tasting day in the shop - Caramel nut mix treat

Sat 23 Nov 2019
Head to our shop to try free samples of our National Trust Caramel Nut Mix. It's sweet and salty, containing an assortment of hand roasted nuts, bursts of salted caramel fudge, crunchy honeycomb and tasty chocolate raisins. Yummy!
Finch Foundry

St Clement's Day

Sat 23 Nov 2019
Celebrate the patron saint of blacksmiths with us, with blacksmiths from all over converging to compete and have some fun. There will be demonstrations, competitions, big bangs, items for sale and mulled apple juice to keep out the cold.
Lydford Gorge

Pick up a Dartmoor Christmas tree

Sat 30 Nov 2019
As well as choosing the perfect tree there'll be local craft and food producers in the shop and activities to entertain the kids.
Godo Christmas wreath

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including markets, sleigh rides and carol singing.

Christmas crafts, archaeology and wildlife

Walkers cross a leat on Dartmoor

Winter walks around Dartmoor 

Exploring the area around Dartmoor on foot is arguably the best way to discover the moorland and landscape of the area and take in the winter colour.

Explore the estate on a weekly parkrun

Dartmoor parkruns 

Looking for a run perfect for all abilities in a beautiful setting? Why not join a Dartmoor parkrun? They take place every Saturday at 9am at Parke, the Plym Valley and Killerton.


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.


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