Tullibole Castle is a 17th-century castle in Crook of Devon. The first evidence of a building on the site was in 1304. The current castle began as a 16th-century tower house before it was expanded in 1608 by John Halliday who bought the land in 1589 from the Herring family. The castle was extended again later in the 18th century before it was passed by marriage to the Moncrieff family in around 1740. The interior of the castle and the gardens were renovated in the late 1950s. The name of the castle changed from Tulliebole Castle to Tullibole Castle during the same period.

In 2012, a memorial was unveiled at the castle, commissioned by the current owner of the castle, Rhoderick Moncrieff. It commemorates the Crook of Devon witch trials in 1662 where previous members of the Moncrieff family sent 11 people to their deaths because they were believed to be witches.

The castle is now primarily used for weddings and events as well as a bed and breakfast.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Marti C (15 months ago)
Fantastic venue for a wedding
James C (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle and grounds, with flocks of peacocks filling the gardens, a colourful host (with the Cutest dog). Stunning as a wedding locations and sprawling enough to likely fill a days exploring.
Frank Young (2 years ago)
Great wedding venue. Broderick quite eccentric
Niall Graham (3 years ago)
The perfect place for our wedding. Would recommend it to everyone
Joyce Nicholls (5 years ago)
Had the most amazing wedding weekend at Tullibole Castle 10-11 Sept 2016. What a wonderful kind gentleman The Laird was. Nothing was too much trouble for him. A fantastic Wedding Venue any bride could wish for. Thank you - Mother of the Groom
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