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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s Devon listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
Finding the best things to see and do on a Devon day out with your family or friends is easy – simply explore the historic and heritage links below, hit the jump to my location button or use the search bar to plan your next Devon activity.
- A La Ronde is a unique 16-sided house, built around 1796 on the instructions of two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a grand tour of Europe. The house contains many objects brought back by the cousins from their travels. The space in the roof contains a shell-encrusted gallery that is now so fragile that it can only be viewed by visitors by means of a closed-circuit television.
- The commemorative plaque on the north wall reads: Charles Church Built 1641, Consecrated 1665, Completed 1708. Named in honour of King Charles I. Ruined by enemy action, 21 March 1941. Partially restored 1952, by the City, in co-operation with the Ministry of Work. The idea of restoration having been sponsored by the Old Plymouth society, as a memorial to those citizens of Plymouth who were killed in air-raids on the city in the 1939–45 War.
- Okehampton Castle, the remains of the largest castle in Devon, in an outstandingly picturesque setting on a wooded hill by the River Okement. Started out as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a residence in the 14th century by the Earl of Devon.
- The Museum of Dartmoor Life has interactive displays spanning three floors. You can see a reconstructed Bronze Age hut, Victorian kitchen, blacksmith’s shop and farming exhibits. The museum is a great place to investigate traditional Dartmoor industries such as glassmaking, quarrying and rural crafts. Young visitors can explore discovery zones and dress up in historical costumes.
- Grimspound is one of the many prehistoric settlements you can find on Dartmoor. Dating from the late Bronze Age (about 1450–700 BC) you have the remains of 24 stone roundhouses a massive boundary wall about 150 metres in diameter. There are great views of the site from Hookney Tor and the high ground on Hameldown.
- The most southerly point in Devon, a stunning stretch of the South West Coast Path with dramatic cliffs, open farmland and secluded sandy coves. Excellent for spotting migratory birds and rare butterflies. Iron Age promontory fort at Bolt Tail and small sandy coves between Salcombe & Prawle.
- Berry Head, designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, is an extensive limestone headland. The near-perpendicular cliffs rise 60m and the constant action of the waves has gouged out huge caverns. The plateau is green with plants, some of which are rare: pink thrift, white sea campion, autumn squill, wild rock rose, goldilocks and honewort. The rocks and cliffs abound with jackdaws, pigeons, kestrels, kittiwakes, gulls and guillemots. Fine views are to be had and it is possible on a clear day to see Portland Bill, over thirty-five miles away. Torbay and Brixham Roads have long been sheltered anchorages, surrounded as they are by high hills and cliffs. Fortifications were erected on the headland in 1793 against threatened invasion by French armies and strengthened with limestone in 1803, when gun batteries were added to protect the anchorages. They were dismantled by 1820 and returned to civilian use, but the ramparts remain, overgrown with ivy.