The romantic ruin of Berry Pomeroy is the stuff of novels, and this wood-shrouded shell was once an imposing castle. Dramatic 15th century defences guard the remains of Pomeroy family castle, and the remains you can see today are its successor – the unfinished Seymour castle that was abandoned before completion in the Elizabethan period. Berry Pomeroy was finally left to fall into ruin by the year 1700, and it’s since become the site of hundreds of ghostly sightings and strange happenings.
An audio tour guides visitors around the spectacular ruin, pointing out details that tell how the people who once called Berry Pomeroy home lived. The tour also fills visitors in on some of the site’s most famous ghost stories, such as the way it’s common for those who take photos during their visit to report temporary camera problems and strange lights on their photographs. Don’t let the creepy encounters put you off though, Berry Pomeroy is one of Devon’s most beautiful sights and it has a fascinating history.
Most of the ruin is open and visitors are free to wander in their own time, just bear in mind that it’s all open air so it may be best to visit on a dry day. Only guide dogs are permitted in the castle.
Berry Pomery, Totnes, Devon - TQ9 6L