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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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Highly recommended and reasonably accessible for wheelchair users

The really good news is that the castle is reasonably accessible for wheelchair users, albeit it's up a slope (but not a problem if you have an electric wheelchair or mobility... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Okehampton Castle is a very small castle of ruins.If your planning on visting here don't expect to spend too long here on a visit and be sure to get the tape guided tour. The one downside is at the top of castle is very dangerous for young children as there are no railings. A niceplacefor a picnic.

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Oxfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The really good news is that the castle is reasonably accessible for wheelchair users, albeit it's up a slope (but not a problem if you have an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter, That said, the keep is not accessible as it is up a number of steps. However, for an old castle I was impressed by its accessibility, You get... More 

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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free audio tour - make sure you get one ! This site will make so much more sense if you take the free guide - we call in here every year on our family trip to Cornwall to break up the trip to Truro and every year I learn something new - this is the fifth or sixth year now... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Most enthusiastic English heritage employee I have ever met was running the show. Well worth a visit. Amazing views.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here and really enjoyed it. On a sunny day it beautiful but I imagine on a rainy day it may be a bad visit as there is no cover, as it is only ruins. The only real down side is the audio guide. There was way to much to take in as they try tell... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting part of history to see an old castle. Price is just about reasonable but audio is too long and not worth it. View is good to see in the distance

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Thank Adam M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found this little gem by accident when out for a drive. Wow, went back when open to find it reasonably priced, knowledgeable and helpful guy on duty. Spent hours exploring with dogs and teenagers, took a picnic lovely day. Wouldn't have been so nice on rainy day as all outside.

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Thank Amanda E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An English Heritage property so you'd expect it to be of a good, minimum standard. The weather on our visit was damp and drizzly, which enhanced our enjoyment as it added atmosphere and there weren't many people there. Informative information boards and a well produced audio tour. No facilities beyond the admission kiosk. I suspect the lack of toilet probably... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a really lovely day and spent a great couple of hours here. The castle itself is in a great location easily reached by car. The audio guide is really well thought through and produced and brings this place to life. We visit lots of historic places and this is one of the best. Simple catering on offer with... More 

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

Good value attraction. A cheap guide book is available, or an audio commentary is included in the entrance fee. Informative and interesting, the place has a nice atmospheric feel to it- not too crowded, you can imagine yourself back in the medieval era. It is a ruin, but the rooms are still discernible and it is in the most picturesque... More 

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