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great castle

our first visit to lovely old castle, well maintained by EH along with the woodland and river... read more

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58fred112
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
Fabulous castle brought to life

What a wonderful place. Beautiful ruins in lovely setting. Audio guide (free!) brings it to life... read more

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Steve D
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Aylesbury, England, United Kingdom
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All reviews audio guide english heritage picnic area woodland walk information boards narrow road worth a visit across the river about half an hour entry price steep drop on duty great setting well worth the effort its heyday very helpful staff fun exploring
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Reviewed November 2, 2017

The place is imposing! The castle is up there and the audio tour lets you know in depth some things you wouldn't have imagined about life in a medieval castle. The manager is very nice and he knows a lot about English history, which makes the visit even more interesting. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone interested in English history.

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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

The site manager was excellent, friendly & definitely knowledgeable about both this site & others in the area. We went to several other sites on his recommendation.

The castle itself is a ruin but enough still stands to let you imagine what used to be there. I recommend listening to the audio guide, it's informative & interesting. Be warned the paths are grass & bare earth which can be slippery on a wet day.

Thank Angela T
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Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

Me and my other half stumbled on the castle while visiting Devon. There was a lovely lady at the entrance greeting visitors, and an audio guide available (although we didn't use this). The castle itself is built up a fairly steep hill, although there are steps to get up it. The main remains of the castle are very open, and there is little protection from the rain so make sure you bring a coat, but in return you get incredible views both of the castle and of the surrounding area. The Keep is further up the hill and there are some very steep steps up to this, but if you can it is definitely worth getting up there to look at the views. Takes about half an hour - 45 minutes to look around properly, but definitely worth a visit!

Thank Rachel H
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

This is a lovely castle, once the largest in Devon. It has an impressive situation, and the site is dominated by the remains of the keep on top of the motte. It is quite a climb, but well worth the effort. There is a guidebook and an audio guide. This is imaginatively voiced, with the lady of the castle taking you round whilst in the middle of being distracted by the everyday worries of a banquet. She keeps denying the castle military purpose, it may never have been attacked but that's not to say that it never fulfilled a military role. It was sited to control access across the river, and would have been, at very least, a sign of Norman power. The custodian puts the record straight, but not to her face.
As with English heritage sites, there are few no go areas, you can wander around at leisure, and it is well worth exploring.
The little kiosk has drinks available, and I'm sure when dry that this is a lovely place for a picnic.

Thank spacetraveller1001
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Reviewed October 3, 2017

The remains of this 11th century castle stand about a mile from Okehampton town centre are well worth the walk and the climb to the top. Most of the rooms, of which parts of the walls remain have information boards and there is also an audio tour available. I found this most interesting and for whatever reason there was a distinct atmosphere about the place which verged on the eerie.

Thank The_Magpie_on_Tour
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