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Powderham Castle

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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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Lovely albeit rainy day out

Visited Powderham Castle today as we are staying at a nearby camp site and drive past whenever we go towards Exeter. Stunning castle in very pretty grounds. The entrance fee was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Visited Powderham Castle today as we are staying at a nearby camp site and drive past whenever we go towards Exeter. Stunning castle in very pretty grounds. The entrance fee was £33 for 2 adults and 1 child. The guided tour of the castle was excellent and Karen the guide very knowledgeable. The castle itself is magnificent - almost Hogwartsish... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Coach party greeted on arrival. Excellent guided tour of the house. Laid out gardens small, poor signposts to Walled garden and Nature Trail meant most of the group didn't get to them. Small café well stocked. An interesting half day to visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We are four elderly people and love visiting castles so the only one we could find near Exeter was Powderham. We are certainly glad we stopped to look Its a lovely castle completely restored not a ruin,we decided to take the guided tour at 2-30 and I am sorry I never got the gentlemans name but he was great he... More 

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Margate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

the farm shop is excellent,lovely tea and cake on the terrace,bit pricey but good quality,so you get what you pay for

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Somerset
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62 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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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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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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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