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Powderham Castle

Kenton, Exeter, England
+44 1626 890243
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Ranked #8 of 43 attractions in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
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... more » 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! « less
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Margate, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

On a Friday at the end if the school Bank Holiday week six adults and thirteen children enjoyed a day out here.With special performances around children's activities on Kings and Queens we had a delightful time.The weather was very mixed but we found large enough trees to shelter under before the ad hoc performance in a marquee with poor seating.However... More

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Aylesbury
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32 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We only had time to spend the afternoon here but we will go back another time to see what we missed. The walled garden with animals for the children to stroke and play area is lovely. It is suitable for small children. It is a few minutes walk but there are toilets there as well as up by the castle.... More

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A fantastic day spent both outside in the grounds, in the farm shop and in the castle. We were shown round by a lady in period costume which added to the experience; made it seem more real. When we were being told about different things they were told with interest and not as if it was being read off a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Visited Powderham as a stop off on the way to Cornwall. Lovely setting and we had a beautiful sunny day. Entrance fee is £11, £9.50 for oldies & free for under 4s. It has a walled garden which is perfect for children with lots of animals including pigs; chickens; ducks; geese; rodents; tortoises etc It also has a play area... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We took a tour of the castle and found it fascinating. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and also very friendly. She told us so many interesting facts about the family and the history of the castle. We were fascinated. The castle is full of beautiful rooms. We could not have enjoyed our visit more. There are also lovely grounds... More

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Excellent tour guides. The secret doors and passages will fascinate old and young alike. See Remains of the Day after visiting because it is certain to make you want to re-visit.

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is advertised as a castle, but it is more of a fortified manor house. That said the children (9 and 11) all enjoyed visiting the castle itself. The tour is not suitable for buggies or very young children as no-one can hear what the guide is saying if the children are making too much noise... Staff were very friendly... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a family friendly castle to visit, just big enough for the adults and small enough to keep the little ones happy, the staff are very knowledgable, friendly and are not fazed by unusual questions! "Do mice live in the armour at night?" Plenty of interesting artefacts, paintings and architecture. I would recommend the children's history sheet, very good... More

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Bristol
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The staff went to some trouble to help two disabled visitors and made sure we could see most of the castle. The grounds were poorly signposted especially for disability scooters to the pet area. We ended up having to negotiate a steep slope on foot when we could have driven by a different path all the way. A nice enough... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Visited powderham on the way back from a holiday in Cornwall , as members of HHA entrance was free. A really intersting place with friendly staff and good facalties . The guided tour of the castle was the highlight , really intersting , went on for an hour and ten minutes and we left fully engaged and wanting more!, A... More

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