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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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Reasonably priced family day out. Themed activities for children and excellent guided tour by Andy who involved the children to keep them interested.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Reasonably priced family day out. Themed activities for children and excellent guided tour by Andy who involved the children to keep them interested.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just what you would expect from a castle, with lots of extras (dependent on time of year) to please everyone, like riding on tractors and birds of prey. The Castle itself a delight, with secret doors and windows, and George our guide quickly convinces you that he is telling you things that he hasn't told anyone else. Don't expect a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful day with the family today. Thank you to all the team at Powderham Castle. The Pocketwatch Theatre Company were hilarious fun. Professional and very entertaining for big and small kids alike. The bird of prey show excellent with the falcon swooping so close her wing brushed my forhead as she passed by. The tour guides were enthusiastic... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited last year and it says disable friendly but we had a really hard time pushing a wheelchair in the grounds. We did park up by cafe and did enjoy the birds of prey display but other than that very disappointed with the lack of things to see. It's ok if you have children as there seems to be... More 

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Thank sharonattrell
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The grounds and gardens are superb. Castle is well worth a visit, tour guide was friendle, well informed and took care to point things out to children. Excellent food in the Orangery restaurant. Well stocked farm shop.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were attracted to this place by the excellent reviews on here and the fair price for a family ticket (£32 which included castle tour). We arrived in a group (2 families of 5 with 6 children between us ranging from 4 up to 14). At the arrival desk we were given activity booklets for the children to complete to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our family day out at Powderham gesturing Pocketwatch Theatre Company's Pirate & Mermaid event. Castlemorton was just the right length, nature trails and the play area in the woodland gardens were enjoyable and the whole area was beautiful. Cafe on site left much to be desired and having sugar etc for coffee on the counter rather than on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I adored my afternoon spent at Powderham Castle. What utterly beautiful grounds. However, the entire outing and price of admission would have been worth it just for the fantastic show of Robin Hood put on by the Pocketwatch Theatre Company. We loved it. The children were enthralled. My husband and I laughed until we had tears in our eyes. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here whilst on holiday in Dawlish. The castle is lovely and in with the price of your ticket is a tour of the castle. It does take over an hour with the guide giving lots of interesting information and little ones having a questionnaire to fill in with the chance of winning a small medal at the end.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Powderham Castle proved to be a great day out, enjoyed by both us and the children. There was a pirate show which my eldest son (7) loved - great participation for all children that attended. The house itself is only accessible as part of a tour (unless you wait until after 3pm when they open downstairs for free roam). I... More 

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