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Greenway information

Dartmouth & Around , United Kingdom
Greenway Rd, Galmpton
+44 1803 842382
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adult/child £9/5
Opening hours
10.30am-5pm Wed-Sun Mar-Oct, plus Tue Aug
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The enchanting summer home of crime writer Agatha Christie sits beside the River Dart near Dartmouth. Here you wander between rooms where the furnishings and knick-knacks are much as she left them; check out her hats in the lobby; the books in her library and the clothes in her wardrobe; and listen to her speak (via replica radio) in the drawing room.

Woods speckled with splashes of magnolias, daffodils and hydrangeas frame the water, while the planting creates intimate, secret spaces – the boathouse provides not-to-be-missed views over the river. In Christie's book Dead Man's Folly, Greenway doubles as Nasse House, with the boathouse making an appearance in a murder scene.

Greenway's few parking spaces have to be pre-booked. It's more fun to go by the Greenway Ferry , which runs from Dartmouth (adult/child return £7/4.50, eight daily), Totnes (adult/child return £12/9, one daily) and Torquay. It only operates when the house is open – booking is advised. Alternatively, take the Dartmouth Steam Railway from Paignton to Greenway Halt (adult/child £7.50/5) then walk a mile through the woods, or hike along the picturesque Dart Valley Trail from Kingswear (4 miles).