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Lydford Castle & Saxon Town

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Address: off A386, Lydford, Dartmoor National Park EX20 4BH, England
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+44 117 975 0700

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Nice ruins

Nice old castle on a mound. Atmospheric place, it's like stepping back in time. Steps to diff end floors.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 July 2016
roger c
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

Nice old castle on a mound. Atmospheric place, it's like stepping back in time. Steps to diff end floors.

Thank roger c
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

This castle doesn't have much outside of the rock structure. There's no admission fee. There's no tour guide. There's no audio tour. Instead, it's a castle that you can just walk into, climb up steps, see where defenders inside shot their bows from arrows to the outside, and explore the Lydford gorge, historic church, and old cemetery next door. This... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

We were staying at the nearby caravan site when we came across the castle. It is managed by English Heritage, but is free to get in. It has so much history attached to it which came as a big surprise because the village itself is so quiet. It was a very influential area at one time. Not a grand castle... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Lovely place to stop and browse the area and the church and castle. The castle ruins are on a grassy mound but easy to access. Lovely little pub close by where you can stop for a snack and drink.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Very old and steeped in history. Well worth a visit. We were staying right next door in the pub. so you can imagine how lovely it was.

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

On a road trip hunger struck. We turned off the main road, found the ancient Castle Inn, Lydford's castle-prison, and the even more ancient Norman defensive eathworks. Kids will enjoy running around there. What a delightful village. Worth half an hour's detour if you're on the Okehampton to Tavistock road.

Thank Pe R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Not a castle as such but a prison and court house. Worth a look around but it won't take long on its own. Added into a visit to the village, with the church, the Norman castle mound and the Saxon earth banks it shows over a thousand years of history in this quaint village.

Thank KentPalaceman
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

An interesting building next to an old church. Worth a look in as you won't find another one. A rough path with steps......no wheelchair access.

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Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Not very big but really solid looking. This was a local stronghold to defend against marauders. Right in the middle of the village next to the Castle Inn it provides a nice walk around it before getting a well earned pint.

Thank TinbumNorthWales
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

A very interesting place to visit. There isn't much at the actual castle but as a lovely little pub next to it for drinks and pub lunches and public toilets. And if you have a car you can Carry on down to Lydford gorge which is gorgeous!

Thank Amy B

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