Tucked in the South Devon countryside, just a few minutes’ drive from Marldon, Berry Pomeroy castle remains one of the county’s most enchanting sites. Owned by the English Heritage, the castle ruin stands quietly in a wooded valley, and there’s something spine-tingly romantic about the castle and its stories.
The perfect starting point for a leisurely walk in the South Devon countryside, the castle’s fifteenth century defences huddle around the Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Started in 1560 (or thereabouts), and abandoned to the valley by 1700, the castle’s become the scene for some of the county’s best-loved ghost stories. The audio guide brings the castle and its history to life, so you’ll be able to take your time and explore the ruins while you imagine the people and the lives the castle’s touched.
There’s a café onsite too, so you’ll be able to tuck into a slice of cake and a cup of tea while you debate which of the ghostly tales you believe. The woodland views from the castle make it popular with photographers and visitors, so make sure you take your camera…be warned though, visitors often report strange figures in their photos!