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Okehampton Castle

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Address: Castle Lane, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 1JA, England
Phone Number: 44183752844
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The remains of the largest castle in Devon. Begun soon after the Norman...

The remains of the largest castle in Devon. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a more sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin. Riverside picnic area and woodland walks within the grounds and nearby. Dog friendly and child friendly.

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but as it was on our list we were determined. Set your sat nav to EX201Ja and it will take you to within a hundred yards of the small parking area {around six cars I would say... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
RoyL65
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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Hayle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

but as it was on our list we were determined. Set your sat nav to EX201Ja and it will take you to within a hundred yards of the small parking area {around six cars I would say} this followed by a short up hillwak and you are amongst the ruins of this small but impressive castle. Well worth it if... More 

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Okehampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Went here with the Grandchildren for an afternoon as they were studying Mott and Bailey castles at school. The castle was well sign posted and the Audio presentation was excellent we certainly learnt a lot and the children were thrilled that they could walk and climb everywhere. the curator was really helpful and knowledgeable.

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Thank b0nnie52
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Visited here with our new puppy. Had a lovely walk , puppy on a lead through the woods . Well signposted and beautiful coloured leaves to look at . Then walked around the castle , beautiful views from the top of the keep.

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Thank Adrian D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Atmospheric ruined castle on the outskirts of Okehampton above the West Okemont river. Very photogenic ruins of the tower, curtain walls and main block. A very peaceful place

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Thank Reg C
Hayes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Had a bit of spare time yesterday afternoon and decided to drive over dartmoor and made Okehampton our destination to visit this fine castle. the custodian of the Castle was very nice and made recommendations of other english heritage sites to visit in the future. A nice afternoon out the audio guide was very helpful

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Awliscombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Visited the castle with my husband. There is a car park near the castle and a short walk up to it. Reasonable price to go in and there is a booklet and head phones you can get from the kiosk (as well as refreshments ice creams and drinks) to listen to and know what you are seeing as you go... More 

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Booklet that is available at the shop is excellent. Great to read and learn as you work your way round the castle. I learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Views from the keep we're fab! Worth the walk up the steps! And after the castle a lovely woodland walk around the perimeter of the castle

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Thank Annie L
York, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

ruin but still plenty to interest. Good audio tour. Nice woodland walk. Small shop/kiosk. Staff good. If you are an EH member you get in free. Although I knew where it was the Castle is difficult to find from town

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Thank yorkshireladdie
Okehampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The castle ruins are set in a pleasant location. It's immediate grounds are fairly well cared for enabling access for walking and picnics. It is advisable not to go after lengthy periods of rain. Particularly attractive in late spring and autumn.

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Thank Raymond D
Callington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Lovely place to visit with it's wonderful history, what can only be described as stunning ruins and ,of course,the marvelous views . I wish I did not have to say this but now I am less agile than I once was, the steps are a little challenging,especially when wet, so great care is needed.

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