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Powderham Castle

Kenton, Exeter, England
+44 1626 890243
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Ranked #9 of 45 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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Strasbourg, France
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113 reviews 113 reviews
72 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Powderham castle can only be visited during a guided tour of about an hour. Pictures are not allowed inside (annoying ...). The castke itself is stunning and worth a visit. The Tour is friendly and all the rooms are explained. Gardens are great too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

A lot of history attached to this castle and still lived in by the family. We arrived just in time for a conducted tour which lasted about an hour but worth it, the history of the place is fascinating and plenty to see inside. The castle sits in a deer park and has great views. The gardens are tidy but... More

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I have been to Devon a number of times but this is the first time I stopped off to visit Powderham Castle it was just out of season so quiet, but I believe there are lots of events that go on over the summer its worth checking there event schedule. Parking was easy and a helpful ticket office gave instructions... More

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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We visited the castle on the day of a running race. The castle itself looks superb from the outside and is still occupied by the family. There are deer in the park and the grounds are extensive. If you want to enter he castle you must be on a guided tour where you will be highly entertained for over an... More

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Blackpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The guided tour of Power than was superb. Fleur, the tour guide gave us so much in a lighthearted but informative manner.She remembered that most of us there were on holiday and not needing to know the deep level of detail which could spoil a day. Scandal and gossip is what most of us want and that's what we got!... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Beautiful castle in great surroundings. Tour lasted over an hour which was great. Our tour guide Dave was fantastic, making the tour fun and interesting, rather than the usual boring history lessons! Lovely surroundings to relax and enjoy the views. Definitely worth the visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

When we got there we thought we could walk around on our own, but you walk with a tour guide which is better as you get every bit of history about the castle and the family. Our tour guide dave was very cheerful and humorous in places and kept you intrigued. Well worth a visit as it's one of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Lovely to see one of our historic houses still in private ownership. The house and grounds are immaculately maintained. Entrance fee gave good value for money and it is easy to spend the day there. Our tour guide, John, was informative and theatrical enough to hold our interest. There was good provision for children with a large and varied pets... More

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Devonport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We've been to Powderham Castle several times over the years so you might say we know it well. However, on this occasion, we were lucky to have a truly fantastic guide who brought humour and history together in the perfect mix. Amanda must surely be one of Powderhams treasures and we even learnt new things today. Her descriptions were colourful... More

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited twice in the week we were on holiday. The first day it was cold and a bit wet - but I did fill in my comments card and received a free return visit 'within 7 days'. Good entertainment for the children - the Kings & Queens sketch made me laugh (big kid!). On the second visit, we did... More

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