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Devon and Cornwall are home to some fantastic castles and National Trust properties. You can visit many of them by public transport. Here are some of our favourites.
Tucked away in the Tamar Valley, Cotehele Estate is home to a beautiful Tudor manor house, working mill, historic quay and lots of lovely estate walks.
In the 19th Century the area boomed, and Cotehele Quay was a hive of activity with boats and paddle steamers loading and unloading cargo.
The estate can be reached by train and on foot via a pleasant river and woodland walk.
This beautiful estate has everything you could need for a day out, from stunning formal gardens and woodland walks to the impressive late Victorian house.
The house was remodelled after a fire in 1881 which led to some fascinating ‘mod cons’ such as central heating systems and state-of-the-art ovens.
This iconic island with its working village and castle is a magical place to visit.
The castle was once a priory and fort but has been the home of the St Aubyn family since the 17th century and has memories and mementos at every turn.
Top tip - check opening times when planning your visit, as not open every day.
One of the most fascinating castles in England, Restormel was built in the 13th century and used as a luxurious retreat by its medieval owners.
The castle is in ruins, but you can walk around the inside of the keep and climb the stairs from the courtyard to take in the fabulous views of the area.
Explore the remains of the largest castle in Devon, on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement.
Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon.
There is a riverside picnic area and beautiful woodland walks.