Hidden treasures in Devon

You can escape the hustle and bustle at Devon's lesser-known places to go. Bradley Manor and Compton Castle are just down the road from each other, as are Lydford Gorge and Finch Foundry. Please do check their respective opening times before setting out.

The exterior of Bradley, a medieval manor house in Newton Abbot, Devon

Bradley Manor

Bradley, an unspoilt and fascinating medieval manor house, is still a relaxed family home. You can wander through rooms untouched by time, warm yourself by the open fire, and unwind in the tranquil garden, all the while never knowing you were a stone's throw from the heart of Newton Abbot.

The north front of Compton Castle, Devon. This front is mainly sixteenth-century but parts of the building date back to the fourteenth century.

Compton Castle

This dramatic fortified manor house and small formal garden near Paignton has been home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert - half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh.

The Whitelady Waterfall flowing into a pool below

Lydford Gorge

Not far from Tavistock, Lydford Gorge is the deepest river gorge in the South West, with a spectacular 30m waterfall. There are a range of walks available to suit different abilities and time scales, all of which take in special the geology, flora and fauna of this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Blacksmith at work in the forge at Finch Foundry, Devon

Finch Foundry 

Home to the last set of working Victorian water-powered forge tools in England, Finch Foundry is the doorway to Dartmoor's industrial past with a lovely garden. Get an insight into the life of workers in the 19th century and learn about the enterprising Finch family.