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Compton Castle

Marldon, Paignton TQ3 1TA, England
01803 843235
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Ranked #9 of 15 attractions in Paignton
Type: Castles
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were told that this place was a ruin, but being members of the National Trust we thought we would pay it a visit anyway. Pleasantly surprised to see that the Building is actually quite intact. Not actually a Castle in in the true sense of the word, but a fortified Tudor Mansion House. Don't feel disappointed though as it... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Yes, Compton castle is on the small side as far as National Trust locations go. You can complete your visit in an hour or so easily and much of the premises is off limits but it's still a fascinating example of a rare fortified Tudor manor house with a perfect little garden. We made this into a half day trip... More

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for this lovely review; it's super to see that you had such a nice time and thoroughly enjoyed your visit. I hope that you can come and visit again in the future. More

Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had some free passes from my bank, yes I know paying for it some where. Ha ha !! To a lot of National Trust properties. No car park to speak of, just a grass verge next to entrance of the castle. Say 20 ish cars. Getting there is down some very narrow lanes, if cars coming other way very tight.Going... More

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for this lovely review. I'm glad that you enjoyed your visit and had a lovely sunny day for it - and that you made the most of your free passes. More

Bedford
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We visited Compton Castle on a whim and to get some use from our National Trust membership, the castle is a compact and straightforward fortified medieval manor house, the scale is domestic rather than grand and the better for that. It is located in is little out of the way village and is a lovely surprise. We visited in July... More

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for reviewing your recent visit to Compton Castle - I'm so pleased to see that you enjoyed your time there. It looks like you particularly enjoyed the gardens and the video. I hope that you can come and visit again in the future. More

Bangkok, Thailand
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
46 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Really very nice ... a manor house originally built in the 12th/13th Century then fortified by the addition of massive external battlements. The house is still lived in so what one can see is a bit limited but its still well worth the visit. The gardens are lovely, quite small and compact but really nice. There are very string 'new... More

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for this lovely review - it looks like you had a great visit to Compton Castle. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time there, and that it made such an impression on you. I hope that you can visit again in the future. More

Kingsteignton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Although living within 5 miles of this site , i did not know of it`s existence until recently . Descendants of Sir Walter Raleigh lived here and it is lived in today . The presentation is in very good order within very pretty grounds to walk in but not of a size that will take too much time unless you... More

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for this review - I'm glad that you have discovered Compton Castle, and that you enjoyed your visit there. I hope that you can come and see us here again, there's always something new to discover. More

Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Quite small, but worth a visit as a break from the seaside stuff. Lovely gardens and a fascinating history.

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for your review, it's great to see that you enjoyed your visit to Compton Castle. We hope to see you again. More

Witney, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A massive castle so expected lots to see, but only a handful of rooms actually open, and could not climb steep spiral staircase to two of them.

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm so sorry to see that you were dissapointed with your visit to Compton Castle. There are indeed four rooms available to view, and it's such a shame you weren't able to see some of them. The original features such as spiral staircases aren't always the most accessible unfortunately. I hope that you were able to look around... More

Worcester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Very close to Torquay. Interesting to visit. A bit pricey if you are not a National Trust member though. Nice garden. Would have liked more about the life of Humphrey Gilbertt

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your review, I'm glad to see that you enjoyed your visit and found it interesting. Thanks for your feedback about your wish for more on the life of Humfrey Gilbert - we will take that on board. Hope to see you again at Compton Castle. More

Weybridge
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Being avid NT members we were keen to see Compton Castle, but I have to say that this property is one of the very few we have visited that was a disappointment. It is a large, imposing building but only 4 rooms plus a pretty bare kitchen and chapel are open to the public. Like a previous reviewer we didn't... More

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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Compton Castle, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review; I'm so sorry that your found Compton Castle disappointing. Thank you also for your feedback; we will look into improving the information leaflets as you suggest. More

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