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Address: Kenton, Exeter, England
Phone Number: +44 1626 890243
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Description: Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside...
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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Not the biggest stately home, but an expensive one!

I've driven past the entrance to Powderham Castle many times and always vowed that one day I would actually venture down the drive, I have recently done so! We arrived there to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Somerset
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207 reviews 207 reviews
59 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I've driven past the entrance to Powderham Castle many times and always vowed that one day I would actually venture down the drive, I have recently done so! We arrived there to an empty car park and no one in the ticket hut, which we thought was strange. However we wandered up the hill to the entrance to the castle... More 

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Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I thought the tour of the house by guide Mike was very enjoyable. He included the youngsters in the party, showing them the secret doors and telling us about the "ghosts" said to reside in the house. The tour takes around an hour. The building is problematic for anybody with mobility problems as there are a lot of stairs.The castle... More 

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Midlands, UK
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23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Visited in the Easter holidays but the castle wasn't over crowded. Entrance fee for two at £23 a little steep particularly as you can't take photos inside. However, guided tour very good and all staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Grounds beautiful and well worth a walk.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A very beautiful, old yet lived in castle, entertaining guided tour, great gardens, deer safari, farm animals, trails and crafts for kids, most friendly and helpful staff. Perfect. Allow plenty of time if you want to explore it all. Free for HHA members.

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Wiltshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We visited in early April and really enjoyed the Easter and nature trails. The themed Chocolate and Sweets experience was fantastic with an authentic Willy Wonka Johnny Depp lookalike taking the lead part, accent and all, leading the children through smelling and tasting experiments and sending out rhubarb and custard smelling smoke rings - brilliant fun! Some of our party... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Normally I never write reviews or critics to attractions, as I know how much a personal experience is depending on the personal form of the day, the things seen and felt before and immediately after the visit as well as the weather. Second, I work part time in a tourism company and I do know that even the best guides... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The tour given of the inside of the house was very well done, but other than that I thought the place was massively over charged for what you got. Maybe it would have helped had the sun been out. The upkeep of the small petting zoo was disappointing as was the walk up to the tower. I think the place... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

What a fantastic family day out. Willie Wonka was very funny the experiments with willie and co. were excellent. You learnt a lot and the kids did science and did not know they were doing it and taste tests, smell tests and the smelly smoke was great and all done in the Imagination centre. There was no cost incurred for... More 

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Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Lovely setting, but the Entrance fee (£10 for seniors), next to the Car Park was a bit pricey compared to other Devon attractions. The Castle itself is pretty small but the tour (which lasts 60-75 mins) is interesting and informative - made memorable by the Dave & Andy act (Daves the tall one and Andys the one with short fat... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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106 reviews 106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Easy parking, good facilities for young children. very informative Beautiful Castle with great stories Even has a lovely tea shop with great food

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