Castle Drogo was the last castle ever to be built in England, and it stands just outside of Exeter. Now, the castle is currently undergoing a huge conservation project to save it from ruin, but it remains open throughout and visitors can climb a viewing tower and look down on the work as it happens. The crumbling castle is being carefully dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone, and in the meantime there are new rooms open to the public and the treasures from inside are displayed in new ways.
The castle couldn’t have been built in a more beautiful setting, and if you stand and look across Dartmoor in the distance no two views are ever the same. Exhibitions inside tell the story of the castle’s long history, and the terraced garden designed by Lutyens showcases the spectacular views. Look out for the rose garden and the adorable Bunty House (a Wendy house to you and me!) which even has its own miniature garden.
There’s a café onsite, and the traditional cream teas are always available to help you unwind and take in your surroundings. There are dozens of peaceful trails through the Teign Valley and along the river, so leave a whole day for your visit.