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Cultural Attractions, Historic Houses, Museums, Abbeys, Castles and Gardens

Whether you are a history buff or a horticulturist, you will find that South Devon offers you a fine selection of Historic Houses, Museums, Abbeys, Castles and Gardens.

Please go exploring and discover our cultural heritage and spectacular landscapes (order in distance from Thurlestone).

Cookworthy Museum, Kingsbridge (4 miles)
Located in the old Grammar School, depicting rural life http://www.kingsbridgemuseum.org.uk

Overbecks, Salcombe (7 miles)
A fascinating and exotic coastal garden, with panoramic views over the Estuary and coast,
along with Edwardian House of inventor Otto Overbeck
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Salcombe Maritime Museum (7 miles)
A museum preserving the towns heritage

Fast Rabbit Farm, Dartmouth (15 miles)
12 acres of woodland gardens
www.fastrabbitfarm.co.uk

Totnes Castle (16 miles)
A classic Norman motte and bailey castle, the focal point of the town
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Dartmouth Museum (17 miles)
A fascinating museum on the old merchants house with an extensive collection of artefacts
depicting Dartmouth’s maritime heritage
www.dartmouthmuseum.org

Dartmouth Castle (17 miles)
600 year old picturesque fortress on the waterfront guarding the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Saltram House & Gardens, Plympton (18 miles)
An 18th century mansion depicting country estate life through the centuries, with a landscaped park
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes (18 miles)
Visit Devons most haunted castle!
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Plymouth City Museum & Gallery (20 miles)
Home a wide variety of collections,including fine art and natural history
www.plymouthmuseum.gov.uk

Greenway House & Garden (22 miles via Dartmouth)
The once holiday home of Agatha Christie which showcases family collections, with a
romantic woodland garden, vinery and peach house
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh (22 miles)
Experience the tranquillity of a living monastry - Abbey, gardens, shops and restaurant
www.buckfast.org.uk

Torre Abbey, Torquay (24 miles)
Historic house with impressive art collection and picturesque gardens with exotic plants
www.torre-abbey.org.uk

Torquay Museum (25 miles)
A museum dedicated to protecting and promoting Torquay’s heritage
www.torquaymuseum.org

Bygones Victorian Street, Torquay (26 miles)
Explore another era, bringing the past to life
http://www.bygones.co.uk

Coleton Fishacre House & Garden (28 miles)
Art Deco House and Gardens with an array of Mediterranean plants
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton (28 miles)
Once the home of seafaring adventures Drake and Grenville
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Garden House, Yelverton (30 miles)
An 8 acre garden with naturalistic planting and a delightful walled garden
www.thegardenhouse.org.uk

Cotehele, Cornwall (35 miles)
A Tudor house and valley garden
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Powderham Castle, Exeter (40 miles)
Tours of the Family Home of the Earl of Devon. Play Fort, Deer Park Safari plus lots more
www.powderham.co.uk

Castle Drogo, Exeter (42 miles)
The last castle ever built in England, with stunning landscaped gardens, moorland and woodland grounds
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Exeter Cathedral (43 miles)
www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

Mount Edgcumbe, Nr Plymouth (44 miles)
The former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe offers a toy and creatures of the night exhibitions and award winning gardens
www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk

Killerton, Exeter (49 miles)
Historical home of comfortable living, with many rare trees in the grounds
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Bicton Park & Botanical Gardens, Nr Exeter (53 miles)
Historical gardens, museum, play area, railway, garden centre, shop
www.bictongardens.co.uk

Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall (57 miles)
Offering you the chance to explore over a million plants from around the world underneath the famous bio-domes
www.edenproject.com