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Powderham Castle

Kenton, Exeter, England
+44 1626 890243
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Ranked #4 of 37 Attractions in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes. Sir Philip Courtenay began building it in 1391 and it has remained in the same family to this day, currently home to the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. The magical setting and convenient location makes it the perfect venue for all manner of events including wedding receptions and business functions. For locals and visitors to Devon it is a 'must see' and with its many attractions - a wonderful family day out!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Just off the main road towards Dawlish from Exeter is Powderham Castle. In the grounds is a restaurant and gift centre. The food and service is excellent, good choice of local foods plus the usual steak and kidney pie (very tasty), fish and chips etc. All of it is cooked to perfection and served by efficient and friendly staff. Well... More 

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Vélez de Benaudalla, Andalucia, Spain
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Have visited several times and always enjoy walking around the grounds, especially the deer park. The inside of the castle is interesting, although I have only seen it whilst attending an event there. The gift shop has some fascinating objects.

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Dawlish, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

In fairness, I have only visited during one of Powderham's many weekend events, most recently their food fair. The house is interesting with good views over the Exe Estuary. The food fair was very good with celebrity chefs and plenty of stalls (free samples).

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dorset
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108 reviews 108 reviews
54 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised that this castle offers tours of not only the interior, but also the grounds. As it is rutting season and there is a wonderful deer park, we had a fantastic time watching the stags. Something you don't see everyday. We all really enjoyed it. The castle is quite small as castles go, but it has one... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

lovely place to visit the guide was great nothing was to much trouble we had tasty fresh tea and cakes in the tea room. parking was easy and everything was clean and tidy. dont forget to visit the farm shop on the way out

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Fascinating house with lots of secrets excellently presented by Alan whose guiding was absolute perfection. From the word go he engaged with the party and all the way through he kept them wondering what he was going to say next. The house itself is full of secrets and detail but it was the way in which Alan picked out a... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I've had to mark this attraction as "poor" overall mainly due to the extremely rude lady that was serving in the gift shop, the poor layout of the map, the "guided tour" as being the only option for seeing the castle, the "couldn't really be bothered attitude" to serve us in the cafe and the unfriendly doorman at the castle... More 

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Catherine C, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this review

Dear Jennifer, We were sorry to read your review here at Powderham Castle as we pride ourselves in offering our visitors a wonderful day out. Based on the feedback we get from our visitors and the majority of our reviews on TripAdvisor, you can see that your experience was not normal . As such, I would like to offer you... More 

Somewhere in the Netherlands
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Not that much to look at and has a bit of an attitude. Been to stately homes before, including ones that still have an incumbent other than the National Trust, and this was the first time I felt like they expected me to be grateful for the privilege.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Enjoyed the tour with the guide, who was very knowledgeable (n.b. you cannot wander round on your own, you must join a tour) and brought the castle to life. There are quite a lot of rooms to look round and the history is interesting. The grounds are beautiful, especially the Georgian house that sits in the grounds quite near to... More 

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basildon
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

lord and lady Courtenay, are always in attendance and are down to earth people to talk too and spend time with. the castle and the grounds are immense well worth a visit, and there are a lot of outside events throughout the year, concerts, rallies classic car shows, to name just a few.

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