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Address: Castle Lane, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 1JA, England
Phone Number: +44 1837 52844
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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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Enjoyable visit for myself and children

We visited the castle as a stop off on our way home from Cornwall, and it was a very successful visit. The member of staff on duty was very helpful and suggested audio guides... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the castle as a stop off on our way home from Cornwall, and it was a very successful visit. The member of staff on duty was very helpful and suggested audio guides for myself and the children. The audio guide kept even my youngest entertained, and we all had an interesting time, learning plenty as well. There were... More 

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Included in the entry see is an audio guide which is well worth listening to. I learnt a lot about the castle and the area.

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Thank Valerie342
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our Sunday afternoon autumn visit. The staff were very friendly and informative. Audio tour a great idea too! We were lucky with the weather. Not a wet day activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

We hadn't planned on visiting this castle ruins but saw it in the English heritage magazine and thought it looked interesting. It is a great castle ruin. Easy to get to and parking. The audio guide really makes the castles story come to life. The views over to dartmoor with the changing leaves as well as back to the town... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

This is a wonderful place to visit, very atmospheric, and in a beautiful setting just outside of the town!

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Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Very interesting walk around this Castle, good signage, walked the circuit through the woodlands and back through the meadow to the exit. Shop and WC. A good half day out.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We called in to break up our drive home,At the kisosk you can buy drinks and snacks and there is a toilet.The walk up to the keep is good for the views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

Brilliant. We also recommend the audio recording. Go to the museum first and get a card which will reduce the cost of the entry to the castle by 20%. Not recommended for some one who cannot walk well as it has very steep stairs and uneven ground. The lady at the kiosk was so helpful and friendly.

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Oakhampton Castle is compact yet commanding in aspect. It should be visited on a sunny day and do take the audio tour which is informative yet annoying in equal measure. It does delight in the castle's original plumbing facilities - perhaps the voice actors got bored. The experience will delight you for about an hour.

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Lake George, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

As we were staying nearby, we walked out to Okehampton Castle. It was a pleasant little walk through the woods along a small stream. We did not pay to enter the castle grounds, as it is small and of limited interest.

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