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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.
- 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.
- Rougemont Castle, also known as Exeter Castle, was first built in 1068 to help William the Conqueror maintain control over the city. It is perched on an ancient volcanic plug, overlaying remains of the Roman city of Isca Dumnoniorum. The castle is named after the red stone found in the hill, and used in the construction of the original buildings, of which only ruins remain. The castle today hosts events and is a popular wedding venue.
- Shute Barton is a Medieval manor house dating from 1380 with additional architectural features from later periods. Includes, battlemented turrets, late Gothic windows and a Tudor gatehouse. Please note that Shute Barton is primarily a holiday cottage and has very limited opening, so please check the National Trust website.
- Coleton Fishacre House is an Arts and Crafts style, but with Art Deco influenced interiors. The house was designed in 1925 as a holiday home for Rupert and Lady Dorothy D’Oyly Carte of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. Terraced gardens lead you down the valley to the sea, as you move away from the house the gardens change from formal layouts to wilder areas by the cliff above Pudcombe Cove. The cove still has the remains of the tidal sea-water bathing pool built on the beach by the D’Oyly Carte family.
- Hound Tor is a good example of a heavily weathered granite outcrop. Thought to derive its name from the shape assumed by the blocks on the summit that have been weathered into forms resembling the heads of dogs peering over the natural battlements. To the south-east of the tor, on a north-eastern-facing slope are the remains of Hundatora, a deserted medieval village, which was excavated between 1961 and 1975. It has four Dartmoor longhouses, many with a central drainage channel, and several smaller houses and barns. The three grain storage barns appear to have been adapted to include corn dryers, indicative of the deteriorating climate which led to the abandonment of the settlement by 1350.
- 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 Royal Albert Museum and Gallery collections include, Archeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, World Cultures, 1.5 million objects in total. Present collecting focuses largely on objects of local interest. Initially proposed by Sir Stafford Northcote as a practical memorial to Prince Albert, an appeal fund was launched in 1861 and the first phases of the building were completed by 1868. The Devon and Exeter Albert Memorial, as it was originally known, provided an integrated museum, art gallery, library, reading room, school of art and school of science in the manner long advocated by Prince Albert. In 1899 York Wing was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George V and Queen Mary, and at the same time the title of Royal Albert Memorial was granted. The building has changed little since then although the city library moved out of the Museum in 1930, the school of science ultimately developed into the University of Exeter and the school of art is now the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Art & Education. The Museum then gradually expanded to fill the whole building. Extracts of this article taken from wikipedia.
- Castle Drogo is set above the Teign Gorge at a height of nearly 300 metres with spectacuklar views over the Dartmoor National Park. As well as the castle you have formal gardens and paths through the valley and gorge. The castle facilities include cafe, gift shop and plant centre.