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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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Powderham Castle is the family home of the 18th Earl & Countess of...

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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lovely day out

it's a beautiful place with lovely grounds, lots to see and do. plenty of parking, cafes, shops etc. great day out in a lovely setting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
diana b
Torquay, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for a day out with my kiddies age 4 and 6 , with granny , it was ok ..probably not the best place to take little kiddies , thankfully they had a pirate show on but we just missed the first showing and had to wait 2 hours until the next , not much else to do so took... More 

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

it's a beautiful place with lovely grounds, lots to see and do. plenty of parking, cafes, shops etc. great day out in a lovely setting.

Thank diana b
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

A picturesque castle and if you've got the energy a walk up to the folly rewards you with a fab view.

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

We went to the castle, having spotted it from the train many times on our journeys to our house in Cornwall. It didn't disappoint, being an eclectic mixture of periods and styles. I was particularly taken with the music room and Roccoco staircase.

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Day out with grandchildren. Our house guide Andy did a good job. He coped with a recalcitrant child, a precocious 'know it all child' and an adult who was the self-appointed Wit of the party. Andy dutifully laughed at all the jokes although he must have heard them all many times before. Brilliant job by Andy. The children enjoyed all... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had a good day at the castle, very informative guide, Dave, who was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable regarding the Courtenay family. There was lots to see, beautiful gardens, views, deer park, lovely walks, lots for the children to take part in i.e pumpkin trail, reptile house with spiders as big as your face! Cafe for a nice cup of... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We had come to watch a film in the summer in the grounds of Powderham Castle and its such a beautiful setting we made a note to return and have a tour. We were a family of seven on the day - my husband and I, our grandmother, mother, one younger child and two older teens. We all thoroughly enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We visited the castle as part of an event which included a guided tour, which we really enjoyed, especially the secret doors and the fertility lamp! All the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to walk out into the gardens after the tour and see into the deer park, where the deer were clearly visible (and audible... More 

Thank Wendy E
Stroud, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Fantastic location excellent facilities great venue for a special event,just surprised the bar only dealt in cash no cards

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our visit, as we have with so many of the National Trust properties. The guides provided a good background of the history of the Courtenay family, and the grounds were lovely to stroll in.

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