Dairy Crest, Great Torrington, Devon

Unfortunately, the best thing about exploring the Dairy Crest factory was the ice cream I had in the car park before we entered! A fairly uninspiring factory, with minimal interesting features.

The Dairy Crest factory has been derelict since 1993 and it shows. Every fixture, fitting and pane of glass has been smashed and torn down by vandals. Only one room held anything of any real interest, if flaking paint is of interest to you? It sure is to me!

The Dairy Crest creamery site is huge and you’ll do well to explore every part of it. Especially with lorries still running up and down the length of the site to reach the businesses at the other end of the estate.

All in all not the best explore, but an explore nonetheless and wherever there’s flaky paint and the stench of rotting pigeons, I’m there!!

Update: The Dairy Crest site looks to have been finally sold for redevelopment in July 2013

Last updated: December 2014


15 Responses to “Dairy Crest, Great Torrington, Devon”

  1. Rich says:

    Hi, anyone know if this place is still here and if you can go there still.

  2. Eve-Lyvette says:

    Just FYI, you didn’t mention the underground tunnels in here, so I’m wondering if you saw them? They run under the building, and I don’t think anyone’s really been down there, it’s mainly ex-workers who knew about them.

    • The Urban Explorer says:

      That’s interesting. Never heard of them and didn’t see them. Service tunnels I assume? Do you have photos?

  3. Spoonz says:

    The Dairy Crest site resold last year and some of it is going to be reused in the near future. On that basis, access will be more of a problem from here on in I think.

    Whether they will reuse the more derelict parts I have my doubts but my company has been approached about wiring for upcoming computer systems on the site so it looks to be happening to some degree.

  4. Harry says:


    So me and my friends are amateur film makers so I was wondering if you could give me some contact information about the owners of the site as we are looking to do thing by the books.

    • I’ve no idea who you’d contact I’m afraid. I applaud you for wanting to it all “by the books” but with the amount of H&S headaches and hoops to jump through I doubt you’d get anywhere near it. It’s a dangerous building and absolutely full of asbestos etc. If I were you I’d just go while you still can if you’re desperate.

  5. Patrick says:

    If someone wanted to look inside the Dairy Crest site, would you use a gas mask?

  6. April says:

    I used to live in Torrington, and my father actually worked at the factory when it was still in use. When I lived down there my grandmother and me used to walk down to it, it’s a shame it’s so vandalized now. I went to Torrington not long ago, but I didn’t get to see either the factory or the World War shelters underneath the marketplace, by the looks of it I might skip the factory next visit.

  7. Caper Lamb says:

    This is a site that i have always been fascinated about, and i went to visit in october, but they have put a hideous iron fence around it! I only managed to take photos from the outside, and poke my camera through the bars! D :

  8. jane says:

    Dear Friends, please don’t go into the old factory, as it is heavily contaminated with asbestos.
    That’s why nobody has come up with enough money to demolish it properly. It’s pity, because this part of the river is beautiful, & Taddiport deserves to be free of the looming wreck.

  9. Gary Powell says:

    Hi Adam

    who do I speak to to gain access for fashion photography project please

    • Hi Gary,
      You’re better off just visiting the site, the place is an absolute wreck and I doubt you’d be given permission due to its safety levels!
      If you need any more info just send me an email

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