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Christmas at Castle Drogo

Three visitors are stood admiring a Christmas tree in the Dining Room at Castle Drogo. The room is dark with soft Christmas lights illuminating the visitors faces
Visitors admiring a Christmas tree in the Dining Room at Castle Drogo, Devon | © Trevor Ray Hart

This event has now ended, we will be updating our website with Christmas 2024 information later this year Christmas at Castle Drogo is focussing on the simple things this Christmas; music, food and family. Play traditional games in the castle with your family, head to the kitchen to discover what's on the menu for Christmas dinner, or simply relax in the Drawing room and listen to some festive music. With beautifully decorated rooms the castle is sure to brighten up the darkest Dartmoor day

In the house

Christmas in the Castle

The Castle will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 1 until 15, then daily from 15 to 23 December.

See the rooms decorated to celebrate its collection and those who lived here.

Throughout the Christmas period we will be inviting local musicians to play in the castle. Come and join us for a carol or sit and enjoy the beautiful Drawing Room while it’s bought to life with music. Muicans will be at Castle Drogo on 3, 8,9,10,15,16, 17,19,20 and 22. We will try to update the webiste if there are changes to this.

Spend quality time with family and friends and enjoy some traditonal games in the castle. In the Dining room and Kitchen find out what the Drewe family had for Christmas dinner and maybe take home some food inspiration for your own Christmas feast.

Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates on what’s going on each day.

At Christmas the visitor route starts at the lower back door and goes to the Entrance hall, Library, Drawing room, Dinning room, Service corridor and Kitchen. The Entrance hall and Library are accesible without having to go up or down stairs. Please ask in the visitor centre if you need step free access to these rooms. During Father Christmas sessions the Library will be shut for roughly 40 minutes.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas is making room in his busy schedule to come and visit Castle Drogo. Why not plan a festive visit to see him, settle down for a story by the fireside and have a magical day out. For further information, dates, times and to book please follow the link to our booking page.

Father Christmas sitting in a chair reading a book, the room is dark with candles lighting the room. There is a big Christmas tree behind Father Christmas
Father Christmas in the Library at Castle Drogo, Devon | © Trevor Ray Hart

Around the grounds

Christmas Trail

From Friday 1 December, go on a wintery walk with your little ones and take part in our winter snowman trail. Explore the gardens in winter and remeber to keep an eye out for snowmen, there's 10 to find.

Winter walking

With miles of pathways throughout the Teign Gorge, winter is a great time to get out and connect with nature. Whatever the weather, the dramatic Dartmoor landscape provides the perfect backdrop for a wintry stomp.

Gravel path through trees. The trees are bare with autumn leaves falling across the path
The gardens in December at Castle Drogo, Devon | © Trevor Ray Hart

Eating and shopping

Christmas food and drink

Stop in and refuel after a bracing winter walk, or recharge after a visit to the castle. Festive favourites for those with a sweet tooth include crumble topped mince pies, mincemeat brownies, gingerbread and festive spiced muffins. The cafe will also be offering their popular mulled wine and mince pie offer, with a non-alcoholic spiced apple juice alternative.

Just popping in for a cuppa? There's lots of festive hot drinks on the menu including speciality seasonal coffee’s and hot chocolates.

For lunches and light bites the cafe wil be offering a range of hot and cold sandwiches such as Turkey & cranberry and Brie & cranberry, or for those wanting a bit more our sesonal lunch menu will be availble daily.

Christmas shopping

The Castle Drogo shop is the perfect place to find all of your Christmas presents. We've got gifts for everyone. Stop by and ask the team about some of our locally sourced products. If you purchase gifts and wrapping paper our team will wrap up your gifts free of charge so you can relax and enjoy the festive perioud.

Mince pies with star-shaped lids
A plate of mince pies | © National Trust Images/William Shaw
The North Tower and bathroom wing from the outside at Castle Drogo, Devon

Discover more at Castle Drogo

Find out when Castle Drogo is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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