Opening times for 4 December 2023
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Assistance dogs only
Assistance dogs only in the castle and gardens.
Free visitor parking available on grass verges in front of the castle gates. If you wish to visit by motorhome, please contact us before your arrival.
Blue Badge parking and drop-off point. Ground floor accessible. Uneven pathways and steps. Poor phone reception. Manual wheelchair available.
Accessible route and/or map
Grounds are partly accessible, steep slopes, steps and narrow paths.
Free accessible parking on grass entrance in front of castle gates.
1½ miles north of Marldon. Signposted off A380 to Marldon or turn south from A381 Totnes road at Ipplepen - 2 miles in country lanes (with passing places) to Compton
Parking: free parking on grass at front of Castle, 30 yards.
Sat Nav: please be aware that you may need to update your SatNav to find Compton Castle, as older versions do not recognise the new South Devon Link Road
Torquay approximately 4 miles. Newton Abbot 6 miles
125 community bus from Paignton bus station: alight at Marldon. From bus stop, 1½ mile walk through narrow country lanes, steep in places
Dramatic fortified manor house with towers and portcullis, home to the Gilbert family for nearly 600 years. Open April-October.
Formal medieval-style knot garden and rose garden with pergolas, kitchen herb garden and informal lawns with orchard. Open April-October.
Thanks for all your support
Compton Castle is now closed for the winter, and will reopen it's doors in April 2024. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Step inside this fortified medieval manor, complete with a Great Hall, Solar and sub solar, and learn about the lives of people that once called it home.
The garden at Compton Castle is small but perfectly formed, its character and appearance changing with the seasons. Discover the variety of plants, sights and smells to be found, including a rose garden and autumnal walks.
You'll find plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained at Compton Castle, with a nature trail, garden games and costumes to try on. What adventures will you have next?
A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, is set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards. Compton Castle is a bewitching mixture of romance and history. It has been home to the Gilbert family for nearly 600 years, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert - half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh.
You can wander round this charming small castle's gardens, great hall and sub solar, and peer into the Chapel and medieval kitchen.
Learn about volunteering at Compton Castle and other properties on the English Riviera in Devon, including the opportunities available and how to get involved.