There was no back so you could see the stitches and a book gave more info that the displays about its condition and steps taken to clean, repair and restore. Stopped off on the way in to deepest darkest Devon for a weekend away. Hats off to the staff who are trying to be as enthusiastic as possible, and to the artists behind the handful of displays, but this isn't one of the NT's best advertisements. The NT really should be ashamed of themselves charging full price for a visit to a building site, even the gardens were being renovated! Lunch was fantastic and not hugely expensive; it was served by helpful and jolly staff and was a delightful experience. Some areas are not available to visitors because of that. Built and designed to portray a Norman castle in solid granite, it had a flat roof and few of the stairways had banisters to help the climb up to the next level. But this is more than out weighed with the storey of the restoration. Very good coffee shop, This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in United Kingdom. By clicking on or navigating the site, you agree to our use of cookies. However, there is still plenty to see and enjoy and the gardens are really pretty at the moment. There is a covered gold cart to take you down to the Castle from the office. We've been to the castle before the building works started and the current state is woeful. Amazing. Castle Drogo was in danger of collapsing into ruin before a major restoration project was launched in 2012. We spent an afternoon playing soft tennis and other games in the circular garden, and enjoyed lunch and tea at the restauraunt. Was a bit cold in the café... We've visited a couple of... Without this work a national treasure would have been lost forever. Much of the content is not currently on display because of the restoration. Click here to learn more or control your settings. Was a bit cold in the café... It should be finished next month I think I heard them say so roll on, because really it is not worth 10 pounds to see the little that is open to the public. However, there were not enough volunteers on the day and that option was closed. But there were many steps up from the ground level to the top floor. We've visited a couple of... Very interesting afternoon spent wandering g around the castle and garden. As such many of its rooms and artefacts are 'put away' to protect them whilst the work is in progress. This site uses cookies to improve your experience, to enhance site security and to show you personalised advertising. Work on the final phase will then start in the summer, with completion planned for the end of 2016. Although part of the Castle is still covered in scaffolding and some of the rooms are not open to the public due to building operations. Costs drop during the Winter, from 2nd November, to £5.50 (Adult) and £3.15 (Child). read more, Lots of hand gel, one way system and tables well spaced in the cafe. ! Points of Interest & Landmarks in Drewsteignton, National Park Visitor Centre - Princetown. My husband was able to climb up and see the roof restoration in progress and I was facinated with the tapestry restoration on display. We've visited a couple of... Of all the Ztrust properties we have visited 5his had the least to see inside the castle, however tha5 may be due to extensive restoration works. A lovely place to visit on a wet day, which we went on. Over time, the damage caused by water eroded the stone walls and ceilings. We joined the tour by chance when we entered the Castle and was the highlight of our visit.c) Visiting rooms in the Castle and Chapel, reading the information boards and speaking the helpful volunteersWe also had an very enjoyable walk through the attractive gardens with wonderful views across Dartmoor. It should be finished next month I think I heard them say so roll on, because really it is not worth 10 pounds to see the little that is open to the public. We decided it will be interesting to re-visit in 6 months or so to see how they are progressing. Set in some lovely countryside on the edge of Dartmoor National Park with some nice parkland for a walk. This winter, the castle’s collection has been moved to other areas of the building accessible to visitors during the next phase of repairs. The grounds were all accessable however the castle was very limited for wheelchair users. Can't comment on the house as we didn't go inside this time. Following six years of major restoration work, the National Trust’s ambitious project to save Castle Drogo, the last castle built in England, is nearing completion. Started in 2012, and due to complete in 2017, the re-roofing of the Castle at a cost of over £11M is no small project and Castle Drogo is therefore not 'business as usual' as it is shrouded in £800,000 worth of alloy scaffolding and weather proof shrink wrap!! - See 1,018 traveller reviews, 479 candid photos, and great deals for Drewsteignton, UK, at Tripadvisor. By clicking on or navigating the site, you agree to our use of cookies. As a result, the Castle suffered from leaks as soon as it was finished. This is interesting if you're interested in architecture, building or Engineering. This is a two year project and involves the flat roof repairs or replacement. I was collected by buggy from the disabled car park and transported by a charming driver to the environs of the Castle where arrangements had been made by the National Trust to accommodate the less mobile disabled with wheelchairs available on every floor. However, that all said there is still much to see and taking a tour up the scaffolding to the works viewing tower is in itself an unusual and interesting part of a visit to Castle Drogo as it goes through its period of renovation. Castle Drogo's history is quite interesting, as the last castle built in England, completed in 1930 for a family who made its money in tea. Click here to learn more or control your settings. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos, Waterfalls. Many of the interesting items in the inventory were visible and one wondered what each room would look like if once the major refurbishment is completed. Although there is construction work going on it does not interfere with your enjoyment. This is a great modern castle which will be superb when the restoration (roof) is finished. Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu.