Although currently undergoing a conservation project, Castle Drogo is still open and a great place to visit. Overlooking the Teign Gorge, the castle has been redesigned and brings to life the fascinating story of the Castle. A walk around the Lutyens-designed gardens is a must with breathtaking views over Dartmoor. Visitors can also discover winding paths below the castle which take you to the Teign Valley and the ancient gorge there.
Finch Foundry is the last working water-powered forge in England and is the entrance to Dartmoor's industrial past. Visitors will experience the sights, sounds and smells of three water wheels which power huge hammers and shears. Visitors will also get an insight into the workers lives in the 19th century and learn all about the Finch family themselves.
The Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country, and has been located at its present site in the centre of the city for over 1000 years. The grandeur of the cathedral and the beauty of the interior architecture will take your breath away, and has the longest unbroken Gothic vaulted ceiling in the world. There is also a souvenir shop on site, which offer postcards, prints, guidebooks and CDs of the cathedral choir, as well as a café with a menu serving breakfasts and handmade cakes, light lunches and a wonderful afternoon tea. On Thursday evenings the café also offers a tapas menu with Spanish inspired dishes from £2.50 per dish.
Powderham Castle sits within extensive, stunning grounds, which can be explored by guided tour or simply by taking a relaxed stroll around the estate yourself. There is a deer safari park, an American Woodland Garden, Rose Garden and Chapel and much more, including refreshments and a gift shop. The house is 600 years old, so is steeped in history, and proves to be a fascinating tour hearing about the intriguing stories related to each of the grand rooms told by the knowledgeable guides.
Located in the shadow of Dartmoor, Buckfast Abbey is a tranquil refuge for visitors. This is a working monastery where a group of Benedictine monks live and they welcome visitors from all around the world. At the centre of the site is the Abbey Church. The extensive grounds are enjoyable to walk around and the Grange Restaurant is on hand for tea and homemade cakes.
Berry Pomeroy Castle
The perfect ruin with a colourful history, Berry Pomeroy Castle is tucked away in a deep wooded valley. Within the 15th-century defences, looms the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Enlarged from around 1600, the mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon but was never completed. There is much to see such as defending the castle, the Elizabethan House, the Great Hall plus fabulous woodland walks.
Located just a 3 minute drive from Topsham town centre, Darts Farm provides a fantastic array of amenities, such as shopping outlets, restaurants and cafes, outdoor activities, bike hire facilities, outdoor activities and a spa. The farm also organises specific events and weekends tailored to suit different interests, such as a Cheese, Chutney and Cider weekend, a Beef Butchery masterclass, and an Autumn Photography Course. All produce sold at Darts Farm is provided by local farmers, and the fruit and vegetables on offer are all grown on site at the farm – they even run a pick-your-own scheme! It is also possible to choose from a selection of bikes for hire, such as electric bikes, which you can take out onto the trail that runs along the local estuary. There is also plenty for children to discover and explore, such as the animal corner where youngsters can meet the pigs, cows and calves, and even the resident alpacas in the summer time.
Surprisingly similar to a wine cellar one may find in Italy or France, Topsham wine cellar can offer a selection of vintage Devonshire wines as well as some international wines to a group of up to 45 people, under a vaulted warehouse next to the river near Topsham Quay. The resident chef, Raphael Barras, can also prepare a range of light meals including sharing boards of local tapas, for example cheeses, meats, smoked trout and patés. A tour of the vineyard can also be arranged prior to the wine tasting.
Home to the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs, Pennywell Farm is great for a family day out. There are different animal activities, shows and displays every half hour plus many seasonal events. Visitors can enjoy the Run Rabbit Go Carts or take tours of the enclosures where hedgehogs and race ferrets can be met plus bottlefeeding lambs and goats.
Home to England's highest waterfall, descending a staggering 220ft, Canonteign Falls is a breathtaking day out in Devon for all the family to enjoy. The falls are a magnificent example of Victorian folly set in a stunning location.
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