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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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stunning ruins

set in a valley this stunning castle is wonderful. well worth exploring on a nice day with just enough to see what the castle looked like in its heyday - you really can visit this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

set in a valley this stunning castle is wonderful. well worth exploring on a nice day with just enough to see what the castle looked like in its heyday - you really can visit this place and see it all in just an hour but good as part of a day - I thought the price of £5 each to... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quick stop off here to have a look around. Really nice grounds, picnic area, toilet and possibly the smallest shop/entrance booth I've ever seen but functional none the less. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Mcminny
Bristol, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were greeted by a very helpful man at the kiosk who gave us great pointers regarding what to look for and where to start. The site is easily accessed for the able bodied with a steep slope to get up to the keep. The audio guide was very informative and worthwhile.

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Thank Deltaza30
Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ancient castle that is worth exploring on a nice day. Good place to take some interesting photographs. Guide books are available that can be purchased from the shop.

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Thank RDS61
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This attraction is not a castle as such - it's merely ruins. However you still get a good sense of what it must have been like and how imposing this would at been at the time it was occupied. What a great sense of history. I would combine it with other things in the area such as Brent Tor, as... More 

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Thank Zoe H
Devon, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Typical English Heritage castle ruins - they are only walls etc but still very interesting to walk around. Situated in a lovelt wooded valley, with a picnic area onsite. Maybe there could have been a few more information notices but then there's only so mich that can be said !

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Thank Ron P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had some time to kill so decided to visit the castle, was met by a friendly attendant who was well informed and pointed out what to look for. The audio tour can be a bit cringey with the voice actors but that being said it was very informative. Beautiful views from the top and a fabiulous way to waste some... More 

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Thank Sam A
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped off at Okehampton Castle on the way down to Cornwall and it was worth a visit. It's quite a small castle so we spent about an hour walking around and having lunch. Was very quiet- only one or two families there and the guy at the desk was very helpful and cheerful. Unsure about if its good value for... More 

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Thank Sam J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

We had an interesting wander around the castle ruins and a peaceful walk in the wood. Very friendly staff :)

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Thank Kirsten Z
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

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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