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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1 January - 5 March; daily; 11am - 4pm
6 March - 30 October; daily; 10am - 5.30pm
31 October - 31 December; daily; 11am - 4pm
Closing time dusk if earlier.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

6 March - 30 October  daily; 11am - 5pm
31 October - 18 December weekends only 11am - 4.30pm

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Please see the website for the current prices

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Dogs allowed in car park, estate walks and parts of the Garden. Please ask for details at Visitor Reception.  Limited access for the disabled. An electric Tramper vehicle can access parts of the Garden. Booking essential on 01647 433306
Croquet Lawn normally open June - Sept. Equipment hire from reception.

Garden Features & Events

The 'last castle to be built in England', set above the Teign Gorge with dramatic views over Dartmoor; One of the most remarkable works of Sir Edwin Lutyens and the last castle to be built in England; Perched above the Teign Gorge with dramatic views over Dartmoor. Highest National Trust garden, at 900 feet; Family activites every day of school holiday (April-Oct)

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Blackaller Hotel
Mill End Hotel, Chagford


Gate House, Moretonhampstead
Blackaller Hotel & Restaurant
Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton

Inns & Pubs:

Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton

Sandy park Inn, Sandy Park

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

Castle Drogo is spectacularly sited on a rocky outcrop with fine views of Dartmoor. The twentieth century formal garden, which is the highest garden owned by the National Trust, lies to the north-east of the castle and is linked to the castle with yew hedges. The centrepiece is the sunken Rose Garden, where Hybrid Teas and Floribundas grow. On either side are the stunning herbaceous borders, at their best in late June and July, with yew arbours roofed with Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica 'Pendula') at each end. Steps lead to a formal fragrant garden and between shrub borders to a vast circular croquet lawn. Nearer to the castle is the rhododendron garden which gives spring interest from a variety of specimens, cherries and magnolias.

History Of Garden

The castle,  was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Julius Drewe, founder of the Home & Colonial Stores. Although Lutyens' influence can be seen in features of the garden, such as the yew hedges and serpentine paths, the garden is likely to have been planned by George Dillistone, a garden designer from Kent.

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