Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin with a colourful history of intrigue.
Within the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Begun in around 1560 and ambitiously enlarged from around 1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End. Never completed, and abandoned by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling ghost stories, recounted in the audio tour.
The location of the castle makes it ideal for walkers who can explore the nearby beautiful woodland or you can enjoy a light lunch, home made cake or restorative cup of tea in the cafe. Within a short drive are Totnes Castle and Dartmouth Castle, making it an ideal day out for families.
The Castle Café (not managed by English Heritage) is currently open every weekend from 10am - 4:30pm and varying days in the week. On occasion there are some closures for private functions. Enquiries: 01803 849473.
- Audio tour that brings the castle to life
- Stories of ghostly happenings
- Beautiful grounds and woodland views
Access information for the site is listed below. For more information, or if you have particular access needs, please contact English Heritage before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.
- Accessible Toilets
- Assistance Dogs Welcome
- Braille Guides
- Wheelchair Access: Only the grounds, shops and ground floor of the site are accessible to disabled visitors. An assisting companion is recommended. There are a number of slopes on the site.
- Disabled Parking: There are two disabled bays located in the car park (at the nearest end to the entrance).
- Stairs: Several steps in entrance passage.
HOW TO REACH
The car park is located 50 metres from the front entrance and is free of charge for patrons of the café and castle. It has a loose stone and gravel surface, then level grass. There are between 25 and 30 spaces available for cars and minibuses only (please note that the site is not accessible to coaches). The nearest set down point is at the main gate at the start of the forest track. There are no roads to cross when walking between the car park and the entrance. Additional parking is available in Totnes, which is located roughly 2 1/2 miles from the site. Please note that there is no local parking for coaches.
2 1⁄2 miles E of Totnes off A385
Postcode : TQ9 6LJ (For sat nav see road access)
Latitude : 50.448099
Longtitude : -3.636818
Country Bus 149
Totnes 3 1⁄2 miles
Entry without gift aid/with gift aid:
Child (5-17 years) £4.10/£4.60
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £17.70/£19.60
TQ9 6LJ Totnes