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Out and About

Modern Castle, Modern Art

Not many tourist attractions could have their renovation turned into a unique new experience for visitors, which is as interesting as its regular state of openness, but it seems the National Trust has done just that with Dartmoor’s Castle Drogo.



Work commenced on the castle in 1911, and was completed in 1930, making it the last one to be built in the UK. The important thing is that it doesn’t feel modern and the rooms that are currently open give a great insight into how the classic castle feel was achieved.

It’s the little creative touches that make the new Drogo experience really special though. Original documents relating to the castle’s construction have been replicated on sheets of acrylic and attached to the walls at angles which make them look like they’ve been caught by a gust of wind blowing through the lofty hallways.

There’s also a photo opportunity based on the postcards collected by one member of the family (kind of like the Sgt. Pepper's album cover meets Edwardian ephemera) and in addition to this modern art in the form of a man walking through a wall (see below) that adds to the slightly surreal feel that’s been created.



As interesting as the National Trust’s properties can be it was a surprise to see how they dealt with the renovation work in such a creative, fun and modern way. Anyone thinking of visiting while the work is going on shouldn’t be put off as it definitely doesn’t lose anything in the interesting stakes and is a good chance to see what £11m worth of refurbishment looks like.


Mark is a freelancer who specialises in creative copywriting and content creation. Starting out as a freelance blogger he's experienced at putting his copywriting skills to work on a variety of subjects and can easily turn his hand to different styles. In his years as a freelance writer he's always brought a creative edge to everything he's written. 

In addition to being a freelance copywriter and a hard-working wordsmith Mark has also forged other forms of content for the web and print working as a photographer, video editor and a general content creator on a freelance basis. 

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Based in Devon Mark lives within questing distance of the UK's Middle Earth aka Dartmoor. He likes his detectives hard-boiled, his eggs runny, and his time travel non-paradoxical.

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