History & Heritage in South Devon

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Best South Devon Museums, Torquay, South Devon

Best South Devon Museums, Torquay, South Devon

South Devon has some great regional museums. We list the best below. Also find listings for National Trust and English Heritage properties.   Museums Torre Abbey. A museum and art gallery housed within an ancient abbey, this is up there with the best cultural attractions in South West...

Best South Devon Castles, Dartmouth, South Devon

Best South Devon Castles, Dartmouth, South Devon

There are lots of superb castles and forts located in South Devon and on Dartmoor. We list some of the best below. The Westcountry is a relatively small place so we also include other castles in Devon and Cornwall.   South Devon Dartmouth Castle (English Heritage). Dartmouth ...

Plymouth The Royal Citadel, Plymouth, South Devon

Plymouth The Royal Citadel, Plymouth, South Devon

Located in Plymouth, Devon, South West England, England Built in the 1660s by Charles II to defend Plymouth against the Dutch and 'keep watch on a recently rebellious town' Between the Plymouth Barbican and Plymouth Hoe Home to 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery and others

Bovisand Fort, Brownhill Battery and Staddon Fort, Plymouth, South Devon

Bovisand Fort, Brownhill Battery and Staddon Fort, Plymouth, South Devon

Located in Wembury, Devon, South West England, England Please note that these are *not* visitor attractions. Bovisand Fort, Staddon Fort and Brownhill Battery are points of interest within the South Devon landscape. 

Totnes Castle (English Heritage), Totnes, South Devon

Totnes Castle (English Heritage), Totnes, South Devon

Located in Totnes, Devon, South West England, England Built by the Normans in the eleventh century An excellent example of a 'motte and bailey' castle The 'motte' is a large mound topped by a circular stone keep The 'bailey' is a large walled enclosure in the shadow of the 'motte' Stu...

Berry Pomeroy Castle (English Heritage), Totnes, South Devon

Berry Pomeroy Castle (English Heritage), Totnes, South Devon

Located in Berry Pomeroy, Devon, South West England, England Telephone: 01803 866618 A magnificent castle ruin in a stunning location There's a restaurant/coffee shop (great Devon cream teas) and an English Heritage shop Woodland walks, small lake below castle Managed by English Herit...

Compton Castle (National Trust), Torquay, South Devon

Compton Castle (National Trust), Torquay, South Devon

Located in Compton, Devon, South West England, England National Trust property located behind The English Riviera and south of Newton Abbot in Devon Restricted opening hours so please see the National Trust website for details It's an extraordinary building and something you'd expect to see...

Rougemont Castle (Exeter Castle), Exeter, South Devon

Rougemont Castle (Exeter Castle), Exeter, South Devon

Rougemont Castle (Exeter Castle) is one of South Devon's many attractions and we'll be adding more information shortly.

Berry Head Forts, Brixham, South Devon

Berry Head Forts, Brixham, South Devon

Located in Brixham, Devon, South West England, England Built between 1795 and 1805, Berry Head Forts were used to protect Tor Bay during the French Wars of 1793 to 1815. Tor Bay was used to anchor and resupply the British Fleet. Sited high on the cliffs of Berry Head, they were never used for bat...

Brownstone Battery (National Trust), Dartmouth, South Devon

Brownstone Battery (National Trust), Dartmouth, South Devon

Located in Kingswear, Devon, South West England, England Part of the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), the 'eyes along the coast' Other National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Lookouts along the South West coast include: Prawle Point Lookout Rame Head Lookout Gwennap Head Lookout

Dartmouth Bayard's Cove Fort, Bayard's Cove and the Pilgrim Fathers, Dartmouth, South Devon

Dartmouth Bayard's Cove Fort, Bayard's Cove and the Pilgrim Fathers, Dartmouth, South Devon

Located in Dartmouth, Devon, South West England, England Bayard's Cove and its fort are located by Dartmouth/Kingswear Lower Ferry just south of Dartmouth Embankment. There are superb views across the water to Kingswear and down the River Dart and Estuary to Dartmouth Castle In addition to its...

Dartmouth Castle (English Heritage), Dartmouth, South Devon

Dartmouth Castle (English Heritage), Dartmouth, South Devon

Located in Dartmouth, Devon, South West England, England Exceptional site at the mouth of the River Dart and Estuary Great views out to sea and back to Dartmouth Access to the castle by foot (it's on the South West Coast Path), car or boat. Boats run frequently from central Dartmouth St...

Dartmouth Castle Estate, Dartmouth, South Devon

Dartmouth Castle Estate, Dartmouth, South Devon

Located in Dartmouth, Devon, South West England, England 'Acres of woodland, coastal paths and castles for you to explore' Includes Dartmouth Castle, St Petrox Church and a section of the South West Coast Path

Torcross Sherman Tank, Torcross, South Devon

Torcross Sherman Tank, Torcross, South Devon

Located in Torcross, Devon, South West England, England A US tank recovered from the sea after 'Exercise Tiger' 'Exercise Tiger' refers to two military exercises in WWII that took place in this part of south Devon In 1944, American troops practiced for the Utah Beach landings of the D-Day i...

Salcombe Maritime Museum, Salcombe, South Devon

Salcombe Maritime Museum, Salcombe, South Devon

Superb local museum Salcombe Maritime Museum is one of South Devon's many superb local museums providing information about local shipwrecks, boatbuilding and Salcombe's history in WWI and WWII.   Location of Salcombe Maritime Museum Salcombe Maritime Museum is situated in Marke...