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Powderham Castle

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| Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ, England
+44 1626 890243
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Great family day out

We had a lovely family day out at Powderham castle. The castle and grounds are stunning and our... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sarah B
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Good family day out

Great value for money on the Father’s Day special as two dads in our party had free passes. Also... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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.
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| Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a lovely family day out at Powderham castle. The castle and grounds are stunning and our guided tour was excellent. Special thanks to Dave our tour guide for involving the children in the tour - one of the best tours we've been on....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great value for money on the Father’s Day special as two dads in our party had free passes. Also can return free within the week. Tours excellent for adults but too long and uninteresting for children. Suggest these might benefit from some tours being adult...More

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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Many thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your trip to the Castle this Father’s Day. Thank you for your feedback regarding the tours, we are always looking to improve the experience for our visitors, so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit here. The two tours we went were both interesting and informative - top marks to the guides. This Castle most have more "Secret" Doors than any other - I lost count. The grounds were pleasant and there were animals and...More

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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your trip to the Castle, especially the guided tours. We are always striving to improve our experience for our visitors, so we really appreciate your feedback regarding catering....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pleasant day trip for families with lots to do for the kids, beautiful gardens and a small but interesting castle with knowledgeable tour guides.

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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re really glad you enjoyed your trip to the Castle with your family! We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a truly family owned castle with oodles of history dating back a thousand years. The house is extremely interesting and the tour guides fantastic. You can really pick up a lot of history of the family and England over a long period. There...More

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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello John Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your trip to the Castle and the guided tour. Feedback is always welcome as we always strive to improve the experience for our visitors, so we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today . Lovely Castle with friendly staff. There are a few bad reviews and reading them I fully understand. Our visit was very employable. The tour taking 1 hour was disrupted by children under 5 being board and therefore grouchy. A previous review mentioned...More

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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Pete Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and thank you for your feedback. We are always looking to improve the experience for all of our visitors so your feedback is very helpful for us. We hope you are able...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited Powderham yesterday with our two children and my mother. We enjoyed every minute of our 6 hour visit. We did both house tours and the deer tour, enjoyed the gardens, the animals, the Lego display and even a spot of...More

Thank Natalie J
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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Natalie Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Castle with your family, it really sounds like you were able to achieve everything Powderham has to offer! We hope...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the grandchildren to Powderham to see the jousting and knights You have to pay to go in the castle as well as the jousting even though it’s not suitable for young children (I know because I’ve been) We arrived ready for the 2.30...More

Thank Anne G
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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Anne, thank you for taking time to leave us a review. I’m sorry you were caught off guard by the prices for the jousting, we did try and advertise this as clearly as possible in advance that it was an add on. I can...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the castle during half term and didn't feel the castle was overcrowded at all. Loads to see and do, we had the added bonus of some jousting to watch whilst there (extra cost). Had 2 good tours of the castle (included in the price)....More

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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We’re glad you enjoyed your day at the Castle and were able to experience the magnificent jousting display! We hope you’ll come and visit the Castle again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is very expensive to get in. Once in you are treated like dirt by the staff. A man called mike in the castle made my son cry by screaming at us when we went the wrong down a none signposted corridor. If you want...More

Thank Gemma M
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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Gemma, thank you for your review. I did attempt to contact you on the day of your visit, but sadly I think you had already left. We are looking into this as a matter of urgency as it is not what we expect customers...More

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AHGPortsmouth
19 May 2018|
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Response from HappyTraveller4479 | Reviewed this property |
No, there isn’t. There’s the Topsham Ferry and the Exmouth-Starcross Ferry but that’s all.
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oscar2909
9 March 2018|
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Response from HappyTraveller4479 | Reviewed this property |
If you are just visiting the castle and having a day time tour, dogs are allowed inside however a music event is not quite the same thing. I would check with the organisers of the event itself.
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