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“Great Family day out !!!”
Review of Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle
Ranked #4 of 125 things to do in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Powderham Castle is the family home of the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. It was originally built by Sir Philip Courtenay in 1391 and despite undergoing many transformations since surviving the ravages of the civil war in the 17th century, it has remained in the same family. Entertaining guided tours bring the fascinating history to life, you will find them engaging whatever your age. Discover secret doors, stunning architecture and even a haunted landing. We would advise you to allow at least 3 hours for your visit so you can take time to explore the many acres of gardens and grounds. The Walled Garden is home to our friendly Powderham pets, including Tessa the tortoise and Harry the donkey, and is a safe haven for our little visitors. Relax in the peaceful surroundings, from the beautiful Rose Garden, overlooking the deer park and Exe estuary to the Woodland Garden, with its stunning collection of trees. For the keener walker the breathtaking views from the foot of the Belvedere tower are very rewarding - you can see for miles and feel on top of the world! Before you leave visit the Powderham Country Store. Here you will find Toby Buckland's wonderful plant shop, the Powderham General Trading Co with its range of gifts, clothes and home furnishings and a fantastic food hall, bakery and butcher.
Reviewed May 30, 2013

This is a fine example of a lovely English castle, run by the Owners. We went on the Deer Safari which was worth paying the extra £2.50 each as you get to see some of the grounds you otherwise wouldn't be allowed to see, the children enjoyed this experience and loved seeing the Deer.
The Castle had numerous events on when we visited as well as the guided tours of the castle which was well worth going on. We were shown around by a very knowlegable lady who guided through each room with lots of interesting information.
We looked around the gardens and the walled garden where there are children's outdoor toys and animals.
It was good value for money especially as they give you a free return ticket to be used during the current season.
Can't wait to return !!!

Thank planebloke
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

A trip to the castle is well worth it. Guided tours only and they take about an hour. Our freindly guide Keith must have been a thespian in a previous life as he tended to conduct the tour as if we where five years old! Nonetheless he gave an excellent guide around the castle . A visit along the river garden is perfect for the less mobile but if you want to visit the Belvedere,that is atop a very very steep hill but worth it for the view and there is a bench for you to rest at the top. Make it before the 1st of August as it will be closed then. We did not use the tea room but instead went to the Farm Shop tea roomat the main entrance and had a really good cream tea, well half a cream tea as a full one is huge. A very large heart shaped scone with a big pot of fresh of golden yellow cream and a pot of scrummy fresh jam. I would return to the castle and the entrance tea room and try luch next time. The only fault I find with the visit as they turned the walled garden into a pet area where teenagers where using tractors designed for smaller folk. All looked a bit scruffy including the greenhouse. Not flower gardeners here! Knightshayes rebuilt their walled garden and only have one gardener and twenty volunteers! Not saying dont have a pet area just somewhere else in the grounds. Enjoy your day but lots of slopes and climbs.

Thank popslion
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Powderham Castle is set in wonderful grounds, make sure you allow enough time to not only visit the Castle, but also enjoy the ground.s, (we were there approx. 4 hours). The guided tour of the castle was very interesting, lots of hidden secret doors, and interesting family history. The animal area for children was also very much appreciated by adults without children !
Staff were friendly, and the small café served nice home made cakes. The Farm shop, on the way out is also worth a visit.

Thank Jenfav
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

It was a last minute decision to visit, but we were very glad we did. Staff were wonderful (Dave & Mike) & we learnt so much during the tour. Grounds are immaculate & so very pretty. Wish we'd had more time to spend there.

Thank Jacqueline E
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We had thought about visiting here for a while, at £11 per adult it's not cheap so we made sure to choose a warm sunny day and allow plenty of time to have a good look around. Being midweek in school time there were not many visitors, but this was great for us as when we walked out through the woodland garden and up to Belvedere, we never saw another soul.The views from Belvedere are great, we sent some time watching the birds. The Castle tour was interesting and entertaining. We also used the cafe for coffee and cake, (gluten free for me), and later I had a bottle of local cider.
The only disappointment, did not find the way into Toby Bucklands nursery, either missing the signs or it was not open.
We will try to use our ticket to visit again later in the year.

Thank k r
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ERBcoach, Public Relations Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2013

Thankyou very much for taking time to write a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your day at the Castle. What a shame you never got in to the nursery. It is based in the glasshouse at the top of the Walled Garden and the entrance is at the far right end. Toby has a number of 'projects' on the go in the glass house, but he also runs the Plant Centre at the Country Store. I don't know if you had a chance to visit - it's located at the top of the drive and you will find a beautiful selection of plants and flowers here. There is actually no admission charge to visit the Country Store, but hopefully you will be able to visit the Castle and grounds again with your free return ticket and see the things you missed.

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