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Family-friendly things to do at Castle Drogo

Three children running and playing on the grass
Summer of play | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Have a family adventure at Castle Drogo whatever the season. Discover a host of family-friendly activities to take part in, from outdoor challenges to garden trails and more.

Pushchairs and baby carriers

It's not possible to take pushchairs or large baby carriers (worn on the back) around the castle. There are a lot of stairs that make it unsuitable for pushchairs, and large back carriers pose a risk to the collection. There is a covered pushchair parking area close to the castle, we can also offer hip carriers, ask one of our team of volunteers in the Entrance hall.

Family fun in 2024

May half term

Have you ever used nature to help you navigate? This half term we will be navigating our way around the grounds learning about natural navigation. The May half term trail will be running from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June. Natural navigation

Summer of Play

Throughout the summer holidays the castle and gardens will be taking part in the Summer of Play. Around the grounds there will be different activities from the 1924 games in Paris. Have a go at hobby horse polo, cross country running, tennis on the lawn or see how accurate your rugby skills are. The hut will be open every Wednesday through out school holidays for craft activities. There's lots going on to keep famalies enetertained.

In the Castle

As you explore the castle look out for the knitted pets of Castle Drogo. From the Drewe families beloved dog Trusty to the castle’s current resident feline Dilly, pets have always been part of the castle’s history. Ask one of the team on entry into the castle for further information.

Planning your family visit

Here is the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out to Castle Drogo:

  • Baby-changing facilities are available in visitor reception
  • Buggy friendly routes are available around the garden
  • Hip-carrying infant seats available for loan in the house
  • Children’s menu available from Café
  • Pocket money gifts and children’s books available in the shop.
  • Bikes, scooters and ball games are not allowed in the grounds.
  • Dogs are welcome in some areas of the property. Follow the link to find out more about visiting with your dog.

Family-friendly things to do in the garden

The garden has lots of paths to explore, follow Mr Drewe's path for impressive views across the Teign Gorge. Or, follow the path through the Rhododendron Garden and feel like you’re in a secret garden. For those with a bit of energy to burn, head to the circular lawn, the perfect place to have a run around. Why not see how long it takes to run all the way around the edge?

Get closer to nature

Each season we have a different spotter sheet for the garden. You can pick one up from the visitor reception and see what signs of nature you can spot.

'50 things to do before you're 11¾'

Can you tick these off your '50 things' list at Castle Drogo?

  • No. 4 Build a den: Test your wilderness skills and have a go at building a den. There is lots of excellent woodland around the Teign Gorge perfect for building a den. Always remeber to not disturb and wildlife and leave no trace.
  • No. 31 Make friends with a bug: Find some dead wood or a nice big stick turn it over and see what creepy crawlies are livig there.
  • No. 44 Watch a bird: The Teign Gorge is home to many bird varieties. Listen out for the songbirds and the unmistakeable tap of the woodpecker. Out on the gorge there are often buzzrds and ravens soaring over head.
Small child adding sticks to a den. The child is wearing waterproof clothing.
Small child adding sticks to a den | © Clive Whitbourn
A small herd of fallow deer standing in a woodland full of bluebells

Exploring the Teign Gorge at Castle Drogo 

Follow the winding paths below the castle into the sheltered Teign Gorge. Explore this ancient gorge teeming with wildlife on trails along the river or soak up views over Dartmoor.

The doll's house made in 1906, in the Service Corridor at Castle Drogo, Devon

Things to see and do inside Castle Drogo 

Explore the castle’s interior and discover its precious treasures and family stories. As the last castle to be built in England modern features were included for the ambitious owner.

A blue bird bath and bird feeders

Eating and shopping at Castle Drogo 

The café at Castle Drogo serves hot and cold drinks, lunches, snacks and sweet treats. Afterwards, stop off at the shop for a choice of gifts and souvenirs to take home with you.