West Devon

Properties and events in West Devon

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Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PB
In person
Pre-booking not required

High above the Teign Gorge on the edge of Dartmoor stands Castle Drogo. Reminiscent of a medieval fortress the castle was designed and built between 1910 and 1930 by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for self-made millionaire Julius Drewe.

Castle Drogo's Hydro Turbine Open Day

Hydro Turbine House, Teign Gorge, Drewsteignton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PW
In person
Pre-booking not required

The hydro turbine house on the river Teign will be open to have a look around.

Explore Ancient History in Tavistock's Vicarage Garden

The Vicarage, 5a Plymouth Road, Hollybank, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AU
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Visit and learn about the 6th century Early Christian memorial stones in the Vicarage Garden

Finch Foundry

Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2NW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

Finch Foundry was a mainstay of Dartmoor's industrial landscape for 150 years, producing up to 400 tools per day for local industry. The waterwheels and machinery are still mostly operational today. Tours of the site on the hour from 1100-1500.

Guided Walk - Tavistock Canal

Duke of Bedford statue, The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Hollybank, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6AP
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A guided walk along the tow path exploring the Tavistock Canal with Paul Blowey

Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge, Lydford, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4BH
In person
Pre-booking not required

Explore this steep-sided river gorge, filled with temperate rainforest, carved into the western edge of Dartmoor. Descend into the Devil's Cauldron pothole on a platform over the water, and take in the 30-meter-high Whitelady Waterfall.

Mount Kelly School, Tavistock

Parkwood Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0HZ
In person
Pre-booking not required

Tours of Mount Kelly School led by senior pupils

Museum of Policing in Devon & Cornwall Open Day

Court Gate, Bedford Square, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0AE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Learn about Policemen on the beat Can you design a beat for a turn- of- the- century Policeman? Where would your beat go? How much ground could you cover? Where would you go and where would your conference points be?

Pirate Day at the Guildhall

The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Abbey Place, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0FW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Pirate Fun Day to celebrate the opening of the Tavistock Ship Exhibition

Rediscovering Tavistock's Maritime Legacy: The 16th Century Ship Wall Painting

The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Abbey Place, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0FW
In person
Pre-booking preferred

A talk on the remarkable discovery of one of the UK's best preserved Tudor ship wall paintings. Learn the intriguing story behind this historical find and its significance to the history of Tavistock and visit the new Guildhall exhibition

Sausages, Cider and Steam - Open Day at the Robey Trust workshop

The Robey Trust Ltd, The Works, Parade Business Park, Pixon Lane, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 9RQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

The Robey Trust, a heritage engineering charity in Tavistock, promises to deliver their ‘Sausage, Cider & Steam’ weekend A fine selection of working steam and local vintage machinery will be on display, along with trailer rides & tasty refreshments

St Eustachius Parish Church Tours

Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AU
In person
Pre-booking not required

The tours, will provide the opportunity to explore Tavistock’s splendid parish church: to learn something of its 700-year history, to walk around the beautiful building, and to see some of the important artefacts within the church

Tavistock Mobile Museum

Butchers Hall, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0AL
In person
Pre-booking not required

'Changes to Transportation in Tavistock' Come and meet some of them at the Mobile Museum.

Tavistock Subscription Library

Court Gate, Bedford Square, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0AE
In person
Pre-booking not required

Read, learn, discover. Heritage Open Days give you a rare chance to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of Tavistock’s heritage library. Read books from 17th to 21st centuries. Learn how to use the online catalogue. Discover the local authors