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Lydford Castle and Saxon Town

Lydford Castle and Saxon Town

Lydford Castle and Saxon Town

Beautifully sited on the fringe of Dartmoor, Lydford boasts three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th-century tower on a mound, built as a prison. It later became notorious for harsh punishments - 'the most annoyous, contagious and detestable place within this realm'. To the south is an earlier Norman earthwork castle: to the north, Saxon town defences.

Please note: Dogs on leads are welcome. Parking is available.

Events At Lydford Castle and Saxon Town

  • Lydford Saxon Town & Norman Castle

    Members' Event

    Thu 14 Aug

    Discover an important medieval site well off the beaten track, overlooking the beautiful Lydford Gorge in Devon. Explore the remains of a 9th century town and learn how the Saxons and the Normans developed its mighty defences.

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