History & Heritage

Within the stunning rolling hills and behind beautiful rivers of the countryside, lie some of South Devon’s most interesting Abbeys, Castles, Fortes and Homes packed full of history.

From the life of monastic England to the history of the Second World War, there is so much to learn…

Dartmouth Museum

Dartmouth

Dartmouth Museum is a small, fascinating and interesting museum housed in an atmospheric old merchant’s house, built in approximately 1640. The Museum houses an extensive collection of artefacts, models, paintings and photographs which can help you explore and develop your interests, whether they be in maritime history, the social and economic history of the town of Dartmouth, or the physical changes to the town over the past centuries.

Dartmouth, TQ6 9PZ
  • Only Guide Dogs Allowed
  • Local Parking
  • Shop
  • Mayflower Exhibit with Large Scale Model

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Buckfast Abbey

Buckfastleigh

Since time immemorial, deer have been drawn to graze in the sheltered meadows which line the banks of the river Dart in this Devonshire valley and quench their thirst in the cooling waters which flow here from high up on the moors and down towards the sea.

Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE
  • Only Guide Dogs Allowed
  • Parking
  • Shop & Restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Baby-Changing Facilities

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The National Trust

Buckland Abbey

Yelverton

When you visit Buckland, you follow over 700 years of footsteps; from the Cistercians who built the Abbey and farmed the estate, to seafarers Grenville and Drake who changed the shape of the house and the fate of the country. The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures. There’s no mistaking the magnificence of the Great Barn, which has remained virtually unchanged since it was built all those centuries ago.

Yelverton, Devon, PL19 6EY
  • Dog Friendly In Gardens and Grounds
  • Parking
  • Gift Shop & Restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Baby-Changing Facilities

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English Heritage

Dartmouth Castle

Dartmouth

One of the most beautifully located fortresses in England. For over 600 years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the busy, vibrant port of Dartmouth. It offers stunning views of the estuary and out to sea and offers a great family day out, whatever the weather.

Castle Rd, Dartmouth, TQ6 0JN
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking
  • Café
  • Toilets
  • Baby-Changing Facilities

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Exercise Tiger Memorial Tank

Torcross

We are the official resource to enable American family members to obtain information about their loved ones and maintain contact with each other, along with the Exercise Tiger Veterans. The official Annual Memorial Service for Exercise Tiger is held on the nearest Sunday in April to the 28th at the Tank Memorial Site.

6 A379, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2TQ
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking
  • Nearby Restaurants
  • Nearby public toilets

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Totnes Castle

Totnes

A classic Norman motte and bailey castle, founded soon after the Conquest to overawe the Saxon town. A later stone shell-keep crowns its steep mound, giving sweeping views across the town rooftops to the River Dart. Climb to the top of the keep to enjoy stunning views over the town of Totnes and across to the River Dart

Castle St, Totnes, TQ9 5NU
  • Dog Friendly
  • Parking
  • Refreshments available
  • Shop
  • Toilets

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