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Powderham Castle

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Address: | Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ, England
Phone Number: +44 1626 890243
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Description: Powderham Castle is the family home of the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon...
Powderham Castle is the family home of the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. It was originally built by Sir Philip Courtenay in 1391 and despite undergoing many transformations since surviving the ravages of the civil war in the 17th century, it has remained in the same family. Entertaining guided tours bring the fascinating history to life, you will find them engaging whatever your age. Discover secret doors, stunning architecture and even a haunted landing. We would advise you to allow at least 3 hours for your visit so you can take time to explore the many acres of gardens and grounds. The Walled Garden is home to our friendly Powderham pets, including Tessa the tortoise and Harry the donkey, and is a safe haven for our little visitors. Relax in the peaceful surroundings, from the beautiful Rose Garden, overlooking the deer park and Exe estuary to the Woodland Garden, with its stunning collection of trees. For the keener walker the breathtaking views from the foot of the Belvedere tower are very rewarding - you can see for miles and feel on top of the world! Before you leave visit the Powderham Country Store. Here you will find Toby Buckland's wonderful plant shop, the Powderham General Trading Co with its range of gifts, clothes and home furnishings and a fantastic food hall, bakery and butcher.
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Brilliant day out!

Visited with family and children whilst on holiday, well worth a visit did the castle tour as well as the themed knights and dragons tour for the kids which is well worth the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited with family and children whilst on holiday, well worth a visit did the castle tour as well as the themed knights and dragons tour for the kids which is well worth the £2.50 extra! Kids absolutely loved it would definitely visit again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We visited at the end of August and I cannot believe that I have never been to Powerham Castle before. We had a lovely day, first looking around the gardens, then taking part in the Pirates and Mermaids experience which was very entertaining. The kids (an adults) really enjoyed the pets corner asking lots of questions to the two lovely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Yes it is true - we spent 5 hours here and still hadn't done everything! I was wary of going here with teenagers, but really enjoyable! Lovely to visit a home that is still occupied by a family. Wheelchair access no problem. Delicious cream tea. Fun trails. Fascinating house. Excellent bird of prey display. Lovely farm section. Beautiful gardens and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This attraction has manages to combine activities and attractions for families without losing the feel of the old castle. The staff are all friendly and helpful, food good and prices reasonable throughout. The castle still shows traces of its medieval beginnings and the rooms are interesting without being over-glitzy. The guide was excellent - informative but informal & very responsive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I visited with my two young children and had a great and full day out! Overall it was a fantastic experience - particularly with the special Robin Hood themed show. We also ate at the castle - the food was good but there is quite limited choice and whilst not expensive, it wasn't cheap either. There was a fair amount... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We came across this castle quite by accident and Im so glad we did. Its a lovely castle with secret doors which kept the children fascinated during the tour. The guide was knowledgeable and engaging. The staff generally were very helpful, Dave was jolly good fun larking around with the girls and the bird of prey display was great too.... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

What a wonderful day out! We came to Powderham on a misty day on the coast hoping for better weather and we had a lovely day. We met an American Kestrel and then saw a Barn Owl and Harris Hawk being flown. We watched a 45 min puppet show about the Kings and Queens since 1066 - my 7 yr... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

This attraction can withstand all weathers, although you need fine weather to make the maximum use of everything! We had a tour with Alan- he was brilliant and doubly so with the children. Hidden doorways abound! It wS Kings an Queens week. The puppet show was hilarious! Pets corner is a must😀 We retreated to the car for our picnic... More 

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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

An amazing castle and home. A good balance between keeping it a home whilst opening it to the public. Knowledgeable tour guides, terrific activities and trails for the children (and child in us), lovely tea shop ... All thoughtfully presented and accessible. Loved it so much we went back a second time on our holiday.

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you plan your visit, this is a good choice for a day out as there are aspects of the visit likely to suit most family members; house tour was good with Amanda making it entertaining and insightful addressing all audience levels, the 'farm' was charming, very clean and Maria was so kind in letting us get close to the... More 

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