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“Haunted Berry Pomeroy Castle-Fascinating castle and history!”

Berry Pomeroy Castle
Ranked #4 of 40 things to do in Totnes
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin with a colourful history of intrigue. Within the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Begun in around 1560 and ambitiously enlarged from around 1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End. Never completed, and abandoned by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling ghost stories, recounted in the audio tour. The location of the castle makes it ideal for walkers who can explore the nearby beautiful woodland or you can enjoy a light lunch, home made cake or restorative cup of tea in the cafe. Within a short drive are Totnes Castle and Dartmouth Castle, making it an ideal day out for families.
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Went to Berry Pomeroy Castle back on July 2013 this year and went on the audio tour of the castle which is a 90 min guided audio tour using a small handset. Loved exploring the ancient ruins and went with a friend who is a medium and she has sensed and picked up on a spirit that was ever present called Isabelle who was a young child who died at the castle hundreds of years ago. Loved exploring the Gatehouse and the Rampart walk leading to St Margaret's Tower. Would recommend and take a camera and take lots of photos and take many around the Gatehouse area too and windows and also the towers as you may capture a ghost or two.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

A fascinating visit. The audio commentaries made the visit & brought the place alive. There is enough building still standing to get a picture of what the place must have been like. We did not see any ghosts. I agree with the comments from "Devlar" that it was much better than Totnes castle. I advise anyone visiting to come from the Totnes end; if you come from Paignton then the rout is tortuous to say the least

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Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

A very fine semi-ruin in a picturesque wooded valley. The audio tour is informative and entertaining: focusing on the building's heyday in the Elizabethan period.

A good outing, much better value than Totnes castle.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

love love love berry pomeroy castle....for years it has fired my imagination...cant believe not marketed more..my favourite place!
a kingfisher inhabits brook and lake...but you have to be very lucky to see it!

1  Thank wcrocks
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

The castle is just outside the village of Berry Pomeroy and tucked away down some narrow lanes. Access by car is not a problem and there is ample parking plus a small café together with toilets. The castle is undergoing restoration but is still basically a shell, apart from the gatehouse. So, if you are looking for fully restored buildings, complete with oil paintings, wall hangings and plenty of artefacts then this may not be your cup of tea!
Having a castle guide booklet is really helpful to imagine what the rooms were like, and used for, when it was inhabited in Tudor times. If you are observant, there are lots of clues to look out for as you wander around e.g. the location for the port cullis; the various types of arrow slits; the battering wall, the privy and the fireplaces that indicate the location of each floor . The contrast between the defensive elements of the castle and the comforts of the family home contained therin are very clear to see. Add to this the stunning location overlooking a valley plus the ghostly legends surrounding Berry Pomeroy then this is well worth a visit!

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