Step into spring with the National Trust in Devon

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Friday, March 18, 2022 - 5:25pm

Across Devon, National Trust gardens are filling with colourful spring blooms, and houses are looking tip-top after their intensive winter cleans. There’s loads going on this season with guided tours, exhibitions, and Easter egg hunts. What’s more, every time you experience a National Trust day out, you help care for these special places for future generations. 

Buckland Abbey 

History of the Abbey through its art 

Every Mon, until 18 Apr. 2-3.30pm.  

Join a guided tour and discover the history of Buckland Abbey through the art on its walls. The tours last approximately 1.5 hours and tickets can be booked from Visitor Welcome on the day of your visit. 

Price: Free (normal admission prices apply). No booking required. 

Castle Drogo 

River Teign Restoration Project exhibition  

Daily, 11am-4.30pm 

In the gorge below Castle Drogo flows the River Teign. The river and its inhabitants are under threat so a project is underway to try and help. The exhibition in the gun room of Castle Drogo tells the story of the river and project to try and save it. 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). No booking required. 

Finch Foundry 

Guided tours of the Foundry 

Wed to Sun from 30 Mar. 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. 

Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour of Finch Foundry to experience the sights, sounds and smells of what was one of the South West's most successful tool factories. Inspect the waterwheels that powered massive hammers, giant shears and a huge sharpening stone. Get an insight into the life of workers in the 19th century and learn about the enterprising Finch family. Tours last for approximately one hour. 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). Booking essential via the website.  


Indoor mouse trail for young explorers 

Daily, 11am – 4pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm) 

Can you spot the hidden mice who help us look after the house? There are 10 of our smartly dressed, furry friends to find. 

Price: Free (normal admission applies). No booking required. 

Active minds and busy bodies fashion exhibition

Daily, 11am – 4pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm) 

This year the fashion exhibition explores how fashion has changed and adapted over time as the activities enjoyed on the country estate spread out into wider society. We still take part in many of the activities that people first enjoyed on country house estates. For some, the clothing remains quite traditional while other sportswear and equipment now combines cutting edge technology and high fashion.  

Price: Free (normal admission applies). No booking required.  

Easter Egg Hunts in Devon 
From Sat 9 Apr 
Join us for our Easter adventures in nature trails at many of the places we care for across Devon this spring. There'll be lots of fun for you and your family on your trail as you do your nature-inspired activities. Complete the trail and collect your Rainforest Alliance chocolate egg. 

Price: £3 per trail (normal admission prices apply). No booking necessary. 


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