The original castle, built in 1106 by order of Henry I, was rebuilt in the late 13th-14th centuries. It resisted General Fairfax during the Civil War but fell to him when a lucky shot hit the drawbridge chain. Now a private house, the gardens are lovely and there's a fine Civil War armoury, some pieces of which can be tried on. Princess Katherine Plantagenet lived here – she was daughter of Edward IV and the White Queen, sister of the Princes in the Tower and of Henry VII`s Queen Elizabeth, and a favourite aunt of Henry VIII. She was also a niece of Richard III, the 'King in the Car Park'.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Garden and ground floor accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open, Easter Sun-end Oct, Sun, Thu and BH Mon only 2.30-5.30 (last admission 5)
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About the area
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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