Okehampton Castle

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Okehampton Castle

Okehampton Castle
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The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin.
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Annette W
Huntingdon, UK3 contributions
Interesting.
Sep 2021
Beautiful castle. Not much here but very beautiful and peaceful. Nice place to spend a morning and then have a walk. Dog friendly
Written September 29, 2021
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Ben Butterworth
Nottingham, UK41 contributions
Nice view top of castle
Aug 2021 • Couples
It good place to go if weather good. All outside old castle it ok for me few information most audio information am deaf so have read sign not much tho
Written August 21, 2021
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Peter
Cornwall, UK7 contributions
Good visit
Aug 2021 • Family
Decent ruins to look around. The guy looking after it was really nice and informative. Parking was useful too. Good job. Thanks.
Written August 1, 2021
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Christine K
Barnsley, UK630 contributions
Great stately home!
Jul 2021
Having been gifted a EH membership for father's day we decided to visit this castle while in Devon. Although we didn't have our membership cards yet we had an email saying we could visit. We saw there were slots available so we turned up but had to go through the rigmarole of booking online which was quite a laborious process. Once all the admin was completed we set off with our audio guides which were very useful until I pressed the button too many times.
it was originally built for defence but converted into a stately home of the time. We had a great time exploring and climbing up to the top. There is much more to see than appears from the roadside, and a riverside picnic area. Well worth a visit
Written July 30, 2021
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ginette b
Christchurch, UK164 contributions
Beautiful
Jul 2021
A lovely castle and well worth the visit. Good information boards throughout and it made the visit. The English Heritage gentleman on the door was lovely and very friendly- we had to book in advance.
Written July 14, 2021
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Nicky V
Bath, UK9 contributions
Brilliant!
Feb 2021 • Friends
Okehampton Castle is a brilliant place to visit for anyone that is interested in history. Great time wondering the ruins and exploring what is there.
Written July 6, 2021
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wf1968
Wakefield, UK74 contributions
new things to see & learn
Jun 2021
It helped that we visited on a perfect summer's day but nonetheless this is a lovely unexpected castle. Some litte features, such as plasterwork still intact in places meant there were new things to see & learn.

We had booked due to Covid and the staff at EH were very welcoming. The audio tour was reasonably easy to use and informative.

The climb up the steps to the keep could be challenging for some people but the views from the top are worth it. Also worth knowing, there is a lovely picnic area; the shop does not sell food (other than crisps) so if the weather is nice, take lunch with you!
Written July 4, 2021
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Tyke70
New Forest National Park Hampshire, UK284 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jun 2021
I have to admit as not expecting too much but I was very pleasantly surprised. the visit is very much enhanced with the audio guide which is free with the admittance price, giving an excellent insight in to the history of the castle ( please take note Tintagel Castle). The route around the ruins are very well set out. There are limited refreshments from the entrance kiosk if required with clean toilet facilities available. if you have time take the short walk around the signed rout around the grounds of the castle.
Written July 4, 2021
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MAGlifer
Barnstaple, UK23 contributions
A little bit of history
May 2021
Wow! Who knew this was here? Visited last weekend while staying nearby - although we do live locally! I'd never been here before, and truthfully I'd never heard about it until I joined English Heritage. A cracking little castle, enough has been preserved to give a good idea of what it must have been like in its' hey day. There's a fair climb from the entry gate to the top of the castle mound - absolutely no good if you have difficulty walking. Some areas are quite steep. Could do with a few more information boards dotted around, but I suppose English Heritage want you to buy a guidebook or an audio tour?

Below the castle there is a small field, with a few picnic tables alongside a stream surrounded by woodland. Very pleasant for an afternoon picnic.
Written May 31, 2021
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Steve D
Preston, UK380 contributions
Awesome views, plenty to see
Oct 2020 • Couples
We had pre booked due to COVID. Great staff member, friendly and informative. Small artist impressions of what each room would have looked like. Steep climb and stairs to main tower but worth the trek. We had a break from the rain so we’re able to enjoy the vast expanse of countryside you can see from up there. Free car park and riverside walk into town as well plus free download tour guide and audio guide.
Written October 3, 2020
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Okehampton Castle is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM