Dobroyd Castle

Dobroyd Castle, Todmorden, Lancashire

Dobroyd Castle is set high up on the Todmorden moors enjoying some fantastic views of the surrounding area. It is a historic, grade two star listed building, with wonderful architecture including a breathtaking main entrance hall. The 17 acres of grounds, which accommodate Robinwood adventure and teamwork activities, are also the home for a wide range of wildlife including deer, rabbits and many more.

The castle has had many different lives; starting out as a very grand house for a famous local mill owner, later it became an approved school for boys and just before Robinwood took over, a Buddhist Centre. We have invested lots of time and money creating the on site activities, all linked together with paths. We have a shallow lake on site which is ideal for an introduction to Canoeing and Raft Building. We also have Giant Swings and a Zip Wire of around 80 metres long. Everything is close by so there is no time wasted between activities.

Our converted sports hall provides some fantastic indoor activity areas. It houses Climbing walls and indoor Trapeze areas, within which children are challenged to leap from a small platform at the top of a tower just over 4 metres high. We also have indoor Archery ranges and rooms in which Crate Challenge takes place We have three different themed problem solving areas; Quest, the Dungeon and Piranha Pool. Our staff team love developing these areas to ensure the challenges involved really capture the imagination of the children taking part.

We’re always looking to develop and improve the activity programme we offer, sharing ideas across the company and drawing on the experience gained at three centres.

We have dormitories and teachers accommodation areas in the main castle building and in three separate accommodation blocks next to the main castle. The children get to share a dormitory with their friends, whilst teachers get their own en-suite rooms, located close to the children. We have two very nice teachers’ lounge areas in larger rooms just off the grand castle entrance hall, where teachers can relax in the evenings, whilst Robinwood staff oversee bedtimes and overnight supervision of the children.

Typical three day programme at Dobroyd Castle

Around 24 hours of high quality activity sessions packed into a 3 day course. We ensure your group gains the most possible from every moment spent at Robinwood, from wake-up around 7.00am to lights out (and sleep!) at 10.00pm. Please note that this activity programme does vary dependent in particular on weather conditions and the timetable given is only a sample. The activity programme you follow will be confirmed in advance of your course, within a personalised timetable for your school.

Day 1

  • Arrivals are typically about 11.00am
  • Lunch
  • Giant Swing
  • Raft Building
  • Crate Challenge
  • Evening Meal
  • Trapeze
  • Quest
  • Hot Chocolate and Review

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Zip Wire
  • Canoeing
  • Archery
  • Lunch
  • Nightline
  • Piranha Pool
  • Caving
  • Evening Meal
  • Team Challenge
  • Hot Chocolate and Review

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Dungeon
  • Climbing
  • Challenge Course
  • Lunch
  • Departures are typically about 2.30pm

Finding our Dobroyd Castle Activity Centre

Dobroyd Castle is situated on Pexwood Road, just off the A681 Bacup Road. Pexwood Road is suitable for cars and small vehicles only, not coaches or other large vehicles.

Typical travel times

  • Manchester

    50 mins
  • Leeds

    50 mins
  • Sheffield

    1 hr 20 mins
  • Liverpool

    1 hr 20 mins
  • York

    1 hr 20 mins
  • Hull

    1 hr 40 mins
  • Nottingham

    2 hrs
  • Lincoln

    2 hrs
  • Birmingham

    2 hr 20 mins

What Schools say about Dobroyd Castle

We really appreciate all the recommendations we get from schools who have visited Robinwood and the number of schools who come for the first time as a result of recommendations from friends and colleagues. We are constantly updating the comments from schools who have recently attended a Robinwood Course. The schools that attend come from areas of the Midlands, throughout the North of England and up into Scotland. But don’t just take our word for it, See what they have to say about robinwood. For more testimonials and recommendations visit our Highly Recommended Page.

"The castle is an absolutely lovely setting for this residential and it is well maintained which must be a huge job given its size and age. The safety at Robinwood is excellent - everything is checked and double checked. We all absolutely loved the experience - teachers included. The children certainly learnt a great deal and really progressed with working as a team. All of the objectives set were achieved - and more! We were really impressed how the leaders catered for a child with a physical disability. Overnight Supervision - This is such a good feature - staff can have a restful sleep and not have to worry about the children who were really well looked after. Excellent food as usual. There is no such thing as a small portion at Robinwood!"

Cloverlea Primary School, Timperley