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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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Climb up the hill to the really old castle. Interesting how they built it so high up all those years ago must have taken many men a long time. Good views.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Nora54
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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Climb up the hill to the really old castle. Interesting how they built it so high up all those years ago must have taken many men a long time. Good views.

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Thank Nora54
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am disabled and was able to ride my mobility scooter around a good part of the castle ruins. There was a free audio guide providing plenty of information about the castle. Well worth a visit.

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Thank K6521OSsarah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a day of sunshine and showers and greatly enjoyed this insight into 1000 years of Devon's history. Good audio guide - even if one of the actors sounds like The Archers' Linda Snell - and a friendly custodian. The ruins and woodland worth exploring as is the nearby town. But boy, modern life is never avoidable thanks to... More 

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Thank Lightfootbrewer
Paignton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Okehampton Castle on route to Cornwall. We are glad we stopped off and really enjoyed our visit. The castle is a ruin but the information boards and the audio tour bring it alive making this a great place to visit and it is good value for money.

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Thank milesopie
Bicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited this castle many times over the last 60 years. Bluebell walks. Audio that takes you back in time as you walk around the castle. You feel as though you are back in time.

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Thank marytanner1
Paignton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Apparently, Devon's largest castle. The earliest parts date back to the Normans, but with various later additions. Audio handsets provide plenty of information, though a more concise guide would be handy for those with less time. Car park close by, although walk from town centre is pleasant enough. There is a very pleasant woodland walk around the site (ask at... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

English Heritage maintained ruined castle. Excellent audio commentary. Steep ascent but good views from the top. Allow an hour to enjoy it. Not for the disabled.

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Thank Jim G
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There was not enough information that you would normally get to read what each area was used for, we did get the little radio with an irritating posh woman talking to you like she is in a play or something, I only got through the 1 st chapter as she just went on an on, ( my husband said to... More 

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Thank Caroline M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Visited this Castle today and found it very interesting. There is audio visual which was very informative and interesting. There is also information boards throughout the ruins.I would advise comfortable flat shoes as there are quite a few steps. The view from the top of the castle is amazing.It was an enjoyable couple hours and we'll worth a visit.

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Thank Mary J
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We visited Okehampton Castle many years ago and decided to drop in again. This time we had the audio guide which made the visit more enjoyable. We could take our time going round and switch on and off as we wished, or go over what we had previously heard. The wild flowers were in abundance and the site is beautifully... More 

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