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: May 2016


34 responses to “Dairy Crest, Great Torrington, Devon”

  1. Johno says:

    Hi does anyone know about the underground tunnels that are meant to run all under the dairy factory? We were in there a few weeks and we found the entrance to them but it was pitch black in there and we didn’t have a lot of torches so we didn’t explore them very well but they were brick walled tunnels and they looked like they went on for a while.

    • The Urban Explorer says:

      More than likely the service tunnels. Go back with some proper equipment and let us see!

    • James says:

      Been to this building many a time and will be visiting tomorrow stay away from the second, more modern looking building dead animals, blood and signs of devil worshipping everywhere, sketch AF! However the big building is a sick place but is harder to access now as most enterances have been re-blocked. An overall incredible place to explore a must-visit for any urban explorers and a great place for beginners

      • Corey says:

        Hello, I was wondering if you could elaborate on the room that you believed to be filled with “devil worshiping” and dead animals, I visited the site a few days ago and we searched the entire building in hope of finding something along the lines of this “devil worshiping”, if you could get back to me that would be great as I would love to pay this beautiful building another visit in the near future.

  2. Corey says:

    What about the risk of asbestos, is the building structurally safe, what is the security like there, and is this still a good place to go?

    • The Urban Explorer says:

      Corey, in every old building there’s a risk of asbestos exposure, you just have to evaluate those risks yourself and make your own decisions. Structurally, it was a bit of a wreck in places when I visited in 2011 and a building like this, exposed to the elements, will go downhill very fast. Again, in 2011 security was non-existent. Whether it’s still a good location to visit, I think that’s up to you – or perhaps someone who’s been recently can give you more of an insight.

  3. Dan says:

    Is this building still standing or has it finally met its end?


    • Lois says:

      I am a local to this place, it is still standing, however there is limited access into the building, but I’m sure you could find a way in if you wish. It has sadly suffered from a lot of vandalism but can make quite good photos!

    • Jake says:

      The dairy is still standing my mate was there a couple weeks ago! I’m looking on going there myself one day soon

  4. David Jones says:

    A short video of images taken in November 2015.

    Very interesting place to visit. https://youtu.be/2ie3nZ0Km4Q

  5. Kieran says:

    I am looking to take photos of this site I just wondered how hard it is to get in and what the address is.
    Thank you

    • Bob says:

      It’s down Taddiport in Torrington it’s unmissable at Taddiport also it’s not that hard to climb as long as you can climb a 4foot fence.

    • David Jones says:


      Have been in there twice in the last couple of months, spooky place so would go with another snapper or helper, there is signs of activity in there but I got some great images, lots of paint peeling and broken glass. Easy in as the fence is down, are you local to North Devon?

  6. Bob says:

    There are some really good skate boarding spots in there and I went In there about two weeks ago and for some reason there is a cage that looks like a dog lived in there in the basement of the building

  7. Rich says:

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

    • James says:

      Yes you can still go here, they’ve fenced it off though, but I live in Torrington so we still go in.

      • Jess says:

        Hi James, I’m a student studying photography and I’m in need of finding abandoned or derelict places!

        Just wondered whether it is still possible to access this building? And also to still find the derelict rooms (if they haven’t been destroyed yet)?

      • Carter says:

        Hey I was just wondering it says about lorries driving past still and all that stuff, is the risk of getting caught high or is there no worry?

    • James says:

      Can I please get some info on whether I can still get in to this building etc. and how to.

    • Bob says:

      Yeah you can but you have to climb over a like 4ft flat fence around the right side of the building

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Patrick says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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 :

  14. 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.

  15. 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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