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

Places to visit

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Den building in the orchard at Lydford Gorge

Summer holiday days out on Dartmoor 

Picnics, games, trails in houses, woodlands, gardens and parkland and rainy day fun. There's something to keep everyone entertained on Dartmoor during the summer holidays.

What's on around Dartmoor

Art exhibitions and installations

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Find a place to visit 

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

High Brown Fritillary in the sun on a plant

A good news story: High Brown Fritillary is making a bumper early appearance 

The UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High Brown Fritillary, is making a bumper early appearance at a remote British habitat in North Devon, despite serious worries about their population.

A ranger guides a father and daughter rockpooling at Wembury, South Devon

Find an event 

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

Ideas for mindfulness and well being

Upcoming events

Buckland Abbey

Art of Reflection - The Cosmic Egg

Tue 17 Jul 2018
A final flourish of the Art of Reflection exhibition
Finch Foundry

Women in the industrial workplace

Tue 17 Jul 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.
The Church House

Moorland portraits

Wed 18 Jul 2018
A series of pastel drawings and pictures of ponies in their natural habitat by Giles Barton.
Castle Drogo

Changing times trail

Wed 18 Jul 2018
Hunt for the clues around the garden and grounds to help you answer the questions and claim your prize. (£1 per trail, normal admission applies).
Castle Drogo

Evening garden tour

Wed 18 Jul 2018
Discover more about the garden on a tour with one of the gardeners when its at its most magical. Each evening has a different focus in June it's the roses, in July the herbaceous borders and in September how it transitions from summer to autumn.
Buckland Abbey

Drake's Drum - the World Encompassed

Mon 23 Jul 2018
A celebration of Drake's famous drum currently on display at the Abbey


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


There are country house estates and glorious Devon gardens, quirky homes and stories to uncover near Exeter


Moorland, woods, cycle trails, historic houses, gardens and coast are all close to this maritime city.