Compton Castle

LOCATION

COMPTON, DEVON

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Our View

A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history. Home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert - half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh, this is the last truly fortified dwelling to be built in Devon. The extremely high curtain walls, symmetrical towers and portcullis create an unforgettable approach. Inside there are machicolations, spiral staircases and squints, making Compton a place of discovery and adventure for imaginative children and adults alike.

Compton Castle
COMPTON, Marldon, TQ3 1TA

Features

Children
  • Suitable for children of all ages
Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
Accessibility
  • Facilities: Large print, Braille notes, portable ramp
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 29 Mar-27 Oct, Tue-Thu & BH Mons 10.30-4.30 (last admission 4)

About the area

Discover Devon

With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.

Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them. 

Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.

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