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

Places to visit

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Colourful autumn walks

A view of Dartmoor fromm Castle Drogo

Heritage Open Day at Castle Drogo

On Saturday 8 September come and visit the castle and garden for free as Castle Drogo takes part in the Heritage Open Day Scheme.

Walks around Devon and Exmoor

Mother and daughter picking an apple from the tree

Help bring in the harvest of apples

The Lydford Gorge orchard has not seen much rain this year however the apples are still growing and ripening ready for picking. Hopefully you can get some before the birds - although we think they deserve their share of the harvest too. Come along to our Apple Day to help press them into tasty juice to try for yourselves.

Wellies splash through puddles

Wet and wild play around Devon and Exmoor 

We've got plenty of places to play, whatever the weather

Family in the house at Stourhead in Wilthsire

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Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

A water vole

Water voles make a welcome return to Exmoor 

This September, 150 water voles were reintroduced at six carefully chosen sites on the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor. The water vole is one of the fastest declining land mammal, disappearing from 94 per cent of its habitats. The plan for one of Britain’s most adorable, yet rare creatures is that it will be given a whole new start in a healthy environment, where they can breed and flourish.

Child apple picking in the orchard

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to walks and runs.

Caring for the coast

Upcoming events

Buckland Abbey

Art of Reflection - The Cosmic Egg

Thu 20 Sep 2018
A final flourish of the Art of Reflection exhibition
Finch Foundry

Women in the industrial workplace

Thu 20 Sep 2018
As part of the National Trust's Women in Power national programme, we will be exploring the lives of Emlin and Rebecca Finch - two women who ran the forge and whose reform and hard work created a sustainable and successful business.
Buckland Abbey

Drake's Drum - the World Encompassed

Thu 20 Sep 2018
A celebration of Drake's famous drum currently on display at the Abbey
Buckland Abbey

The World Encompassed exhibition

Thu 20 Sep 2018
An artistic celebration of Drake's famous circumnavigation of the world
Castle Drogo

Keeping music alive:Simon Arnold's 'Pachelbel's Progress Challenge'

Sat 22 Sep 2018
Simon Arnold's 'Pachelbel's Progress Challenge' will see him play the piano in the Drawing room at Castle Drogo between 11am-1pm. Simon will be playing at 15 places across the South West over the next 11 days to raise funds to conserve...
Castle Drogo

Photography workshop

Tue 25 Sep 2018
Join local photographer John Howells in the Castle Drogo garden or by the river Teign to find new aspects, landscapes and wildlife. He will help with understanding your camera whilst also teaching new composition ideas. Each workshop has a...


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