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Cultural Attractions

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

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

Fast Rabbit Farm, Dartmouth (15 miles)
12 acres of woodland gardens

Totnes Castle (16 miles)
A classic Norman motte and bailey castle, the focal point of the town

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

Dartmouth Castle (17 miles)
600 year old picturesque fortress on the waterfront guarding the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary

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

Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes (18 miles)
Visit Devons most haunted castle!

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

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

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh (22 miles)
Experience the tranquillity of a living monastry – Abbey, gardens, shops and restaurant

Torre Abbey, Torquay (24 miles)
Historic house with impressive art collection and picturesque gardens with exotic plants

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

Bygones Victorian Street, Torquay (26 miles)
Explore another era, bringing the past to life

Coleton Fishacre House & Garden (28 miles)
Art Deco House and Gardens with an array of Mediterranean plants

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton (28 miles)
Once the home of seafaring adventures Drake and Grenville

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

Cotehele, Cornwall (35 miles)
A Tudor house and valley garden

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

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

Exeter Cathedral (43 miles)

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

Killerton, Exeter (49 miles)
Historical home of comfortable living, with many rare trees in the grounds

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

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