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Powderham Castle

| Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ, England
+44 1626 890243
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Lovely VERY dog-friendly attraction!

We were delighted to find a genuinely dog friendly attraction as we were on holiday with our large... read more

Reviewed yesterday
How to spend a lovely afternoon!

Lovely house with some fun surprises. Nice restaurant and reasonably priced. Deer on the property... read more

Reviewed 2 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
+44 1626 890243
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Reviewed yesterday

We were delighted to find a genuinely dog friendly attraction as we were on holiday with our large Rhodesian Ridgeback and it's sometimes difficult to find interesting places to visit where we can take him. At Powderham as well as lovely walks around the grounds...More

Thank cantwait4hols
Reviewed 2 days ago

Lovely house with some fun surprises. Nice restaurant and reasonably priced. Deer on the property posed for the camera and the house has excellent grounds. Nice to see how the other half live. Wish it was mine!

Thank shemarre
Reviewed 3 days ago

very informative guide went as part of a shearings coach trip lovely grounds even saw the deer in the distance, reasonable priced cafe.

Thank boomerangles
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent time at Powderham castle. The cost was very reasonable as was the guide book. Was taken on an hour long tour by Stewart who brought humour into the history as well. Very knowledgeable. We then had a bite to eat which was very fresh...More

Thank Paula H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived early and visited the FarmShop and store beforehand, before moving on to the castle. There was a very friendly welcome and we were supplied with our tickets. There is a very generous 50% discount if you are a National Trust member. We went...More

Thank Gambinus
Reviewed 1 week ago

Checked website for cream teas and it said served 3-430 in orangery restaurant. Arrived a bit early at 245 to be told no problem just help myself to a scone and a slab of cake the teas were put on a tray with the cream...More

1  Thank Roger B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Monday so it was fairly quiet walking around. I think we paid about £11 for two people as we both have National Trust passes which gets 50% off. We had a tour of the Castle given by Andy which was informative...More

Thank Katie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Powderham Castle for the first time on Sunday. Unfortunately the weather was poor but that didn't deter the Rock Choir singing which was very enjoyable We had a cream tea in the coffee shop which was really nice and reasonably priced. We...More

Thank Liz A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

justa truly magical place, the deer are just so majestic in their natural environment...beautiful manicured grounds, exactly what youu would expect of Powderham

Thank ajgater
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic welcome from the staff on the gate, helpful café staff with great food. Kids loved the animals and the park. Pirates and mermaid show great fun for all. Expecting the tour of the house to be the icing on the cake we...More

Thank kriz666
p0wderham, Attraction Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review. We always endeavour to ensure the tours are suitable for all ages and we apologise you feel that this was not the case on this occasion, we will of course take your comments on board and hope to...More

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Coming to a concert here and just needed to know what the closest hotel is please? Thanks
11 May 2017|
Response from Travelnut4132013 |
How long can we expect a tour to be through the castle?
Sue D
How far is the castle for on Exeter please?
8 May 2017|
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Response from TotallyMadH | Reviewed this property |
You could get there by car (and as the previous person said, about 20 minutes) or you could go by train and then walk from the railway station - about 30-40 minutes altogether
Hi I am thinking about booking tickets for a concert and I wondered whether they have seating for general admission tickets as their T&Cs say that chair/camping chairs are prohibited so wasnt sure if it was standing only as its not clear on their site. I know Westonbirt you are able to take chairs so not sure how they do it at Powderham. Thanks in advance.
24 March 2017|
Response from garylomas | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jenjo, I have never attended a concert here, so sorry I cant be of much help, but the one thing I can say for sure, is that rules are RULES in the grounds, and they are enforced, try a phone call to them, and good luck... More