Sunday, 8 April 2012

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Acting as Devon tourist information (unpaid division) I can wholly recommend a visit to Berry Pomeroy Castle. Situated in between my house and Paignton, just off the A3022...follow the signs to Marldon then to the Castle itself. Berry Pomeroy is a great ruined building.
Built firstly in the 15th Century during the time of the War Of The Roses by the Pomeroy family the castle was sold to Edward Lord Seymour, "Protector Somerset". He and his family lived in the castle until the 17th when they abandoned the building and left it to ruin.
The castle itself (albeit a shell) can still be imagined as a working building, great stairwells to climb, dungeons and battlement walls to walk along with great views across the Gatcombe valley and surrounding woods. It was great for the kids, lots of spaces to run around and discover whilst Tamsin and I picnicked on the lawn.

There is a gift shop and (unlicensed) cafe (of course), but bringing one's own food is allowed. The grounds around the castle are open too, woods and lakelands and dog friendly. We spent two and a half hours there and didn't get bored....worth the £4.80 admission.
So, if you're heading for Torbay or in the area give Berry Pomeroy a visit.

1: Oscar and Isabel at the Gatehouse.
2: Inside The North Wing.
3: Oscar and his picnic!
4: The Great Hall.
5: Berry Pomeroy Castle (and a great ruin).

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