See our top 10 hotel recommendations for Dartmoor National Park. Each hotel is chosen for its location and we list attractions and towns/villages nearby.
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Top 10 Recommended Castles in Dartmoor National Park


Castles in Dartmoor National Park
Castles are special buildings. As such, there are a relatively limited number of them in this part of the UK. We list Dartmoor castles and others in the wider area. We'd also recommend browsing our South West England, Devon and Cornwall lists for further ideas. By James Penman.

Castle Drogo and Gardens, Devon

Last castle to be built in England. In a superb location at the mouth of the Teign Gorge. Great local walking on the Two Moors Way. The very popular Dartmoor gateway town of Chagford is close by.

Okehampton Castle, Devon

English Heritage castle ruin on the outskirts of Okehampton. Southern England's only two mountains are a yomp away. We'd also recommend visiting the Museum of Dartmoor Life. Lydford Castle just down the road.

Lydford Castle

Once, it was a 'notorious medieval prison'. Now, it's an interesting shell of a building close to the National Trust's Lydford Gorge and Waterfall. Once you've finished exploring these, head onto the high moors around Great Links Tor.

Cranbrook Castle, Devon

One of many hill forts located around the fringes of Dartmoor National Park. This one is close to Castle Drogo and Gardens and the Teign Gorge.

Totnes Castle, Devon

Moving away from Dartmoor, Totnes Castle is an English Heritage site that dominates the pretty South Devon town Totnes. The River Dart flows from the moors to Dartmouth.

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Glorious English Heritage castle ruin near Totnes and The English Riviera. It's easy to visit Berry Pomeroy and Totnes Castle on the same day.

Compton Castle, Devon

Located between Dartmoor National Park and The English Riviera, arguably Devon's most striking castle. There are restricted opening hours so check their website before going.

Powderham Castle and Estate

Very popular attraction east of Dartmoor. Close to the River Exe and Estuary, it's a top family day out. Loads to do. If you have time, we'd recommend walking the Exe Valley Way to the The Turf and Turf Lock.

Launceston Castle, Cornwall

This time, west of Dartmoor National Park on the Devon/Cornwall border. The views east to Dartmoor are amazing.

Dartmouth Castle

Superb location at the mouth of the Dart Estuary. We'd recommend taking Dartmouth Castle Ferry from central Dartmouth. Alternatively, walk in via the South West Coast Path.