Visiting Braund Country -
South and mid-Devon

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This is one of a series of pages about the areas where Braunds have lived. It is particularly designed for those planning to visit their ancestral haunts and wanting to see the surroundings. Those visiting England should note that many of our tourist attractions are seasonal and that public transport outside main towns is often scarce. If you are visiting several National Trust or English Heritage properties it will probably be worth obtaining membership. This is available at all properties where an admission fee is payable. Those from overseas should check whether a reciprocal membership arrangement is available for similar organisations in your own country. It probably won’t be but worth a try!

This list is far from being exhaustive; suggestions for additions are welcome. We work hard to keep this page up-to-date; please notify us of any changes or broken links.

This list is solely to assist visitors and The Braund Society do not receive any incentive for including events and destinations on this list, nor should inclusion on this page be taken to be an endorsement. If you are planning a visit you are advised to check such things as dates and opening times as we cannot be responsible if any details change.

General hints about visiting Devon and Cornwall from outside the UK can be found here. If  you would like a list of accommodation in the area, please contact us.  

There are similar pages for:

             North Devon

             Cornwall

             Somerset

An explanation of Braund branches can be found here.

BRAUND CONNECTIONS

Berry Pomeroy (branch 22)

Broadwoodwidger (branch 1 and branch 11)

Colebrooke (branch 6)

Exeter (branch 1 and branch 21)

Germansweek (branch 13)

Lifton (branch 11)

Stoke Damerel (branch 6 and branch 18)

Tavistock (branch 6 and branch 16)

Zeal Monochorum (branch 6)

EVENTS

Agatha Christie Festival, Torquay - September.

Dartmouth Regatta, Dartmouth - August.

Plymouth Respect Festival Multi-cultural, free event October.

HISTORIC SITES

Berry Pomeroy Castle, Berry Pomeroy - C15th home of the Pomeroy family, with woodland walks. 

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton - Cistercian Abbey, the home to the Grenville family and Frances Drake. Lovely grounds.

Castle Drogo ,  Drewsteignton, near Exeter - ‘castle’ designed by Edwin Lutyens.

Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth - 600 year old fort overlooking the River Dart.

Elizabethan Merchant’s House and Museum, Totnes - includes a herb garden.

Finch's Foundry, Sticklepath near Okehampton - industrial heritage site.

Greenway, Galmpton, near Brixham - Agatha Christie’s holiday home.

Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter - C18th home of the Acland family. Beautiful gardens.

Knighthayes Court, Bolham, Tiverton - C19th stately home and garden, built for the Heathcote-Amory family.

Saltram House, Plympton, near Plymouth - house with Robert Adam interiors. 

 

COUNTRYSIDE

Dartmoor National Park - stunning moorland scenery.

Lydford Gorge near Tavistock - strenuous woodland walking along rugged gorge.  

South West Coastal Path - long distance trail that extends in to Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. The South Devon section is roughly 130 miles long. Wonderful scenery, a little more gentle than the North Devon and Cornish sections, with several river estuaries. 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Brixham - fishing Harbour and Historic Ships.

Dartmouth - maritime heritage and river boat trips.

Exeter - visit the cathedral. Take a tour of the city with the red coat guides.

Plymouth - maritime heritage and city centre. Those hoping to find the Plymouth of their ancestors should be warned that much of the city was destroyed in the Second World War.

 

FOOD

Seafood. Devon pasties and cream teas with clotted cream are must-try iconic foods of the region.

Dartmouth Food Festival - held in October.

Plymouth Flavour Fest - held in May.