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Powderham Castle

| Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ, England
+44 1626 890243
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Gill

A super visit made extra special by our brilliant guide. She was so passionate and knew her topic... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gill R
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Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
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Wasted Visit

Attempted a visit to PC today with my wife, mother in law and daughter (8 month old in pram) and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
77Craig
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“deer park” (82 reviews)
“guided tour” (86 reviews)
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| Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A super visit made extra special by our brilliant guide. She was so passionate and knew her topic inside out. Will definitely return

1  Thank Gill R
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Attempted a visit to PC today with my wife, mother in law and daughter (8 month old in pram) and were looking forward to our trip. Arrived and parked up fine and proceeded to the cabin to pay our entry fee and to book on...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I had a great time, thanks so much to the friendly staff for a very interesting tour around the castle. Will definitely visit again!

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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi there, thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Castle and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place made my blood boil! Apart from the free parking (from where you walk some distance) and the very pleasant gentleman guide there is little to recommend this dusty old pile. Just open your wallet for the ancient family to dip in. Unlike National...More

Thank Christine B
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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Christine, Thank you for taking the time to leave such an informative review. I’m so sorry to hear you had such a negative experience at Powderham when you visited. As you mention entry to the castle is by guided tour only (with the exception...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the castle and grounds last wednesday and were not disappointed, Found our guide Jade a very good and informative, on the upstairs downstairs tour, so returned again today for our return visit, as ticket runs for 7 days, this time we did the...More

1  Thank Annie871
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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Annie Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Castle, and were able to take advantage of our free 7 day return ticket! We hope you will visit again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many years ago, before we moved to Devon we visited the castle not long after some of the interiors were used in the filming of "Remains of the day" (1993 Anthony Hopkins & Emma Thomson). Last summer we entertained several visitors from abroad and necessarily...More

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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Castle, and we do hope you can visit again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fascinating place to visit, with a home which has been lived in by the same family for hundreds of years, A magnificent setting in beautiful gardens, the house has grown in all directions over the centuries and the story of the development of the...More

Thank David R
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PowderhamCastle, Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello David Thank you for a wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your trip to the Castle and hope you will visit again soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having passed the sign many times on the way to Torquay/Paignton then seeing castle on TV we decided to visit on our way home to South Wales this Easter. History of the castle was not what I expected! Andy took us around the state rooms...More

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PowderhamCastle, Social Media Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we are so glad that you enjoyed your trip to the Castle! What a shame about the weather, but hopefully you will visit again in sunnier weather for a walk around...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent today at this lovely castle, the two guides Bridgite and Izzi were very informative and very friendly and full of information but not given in a lecture manner full marks to them, overall this was a fab visit and would recommend anyone to go

Thank diana v
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PowderhamCastle, Social Media Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Diana Thank you for leaving us a lovely review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the Castle and our wonderful guided tours! We hope you will return again to discover more of the Castle.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entry fee which is on the high side basically covers a 45 minute tour of the house as there are no gardens to speak of and you can get the same views, which admittedly are spectacular, from anywhere around Powderham without having to pay....More

1  Thank Chris G
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PowderhamCastle, Social Media Manager at Powderham Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Chris I'm really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your trip to the Castle. We hope that you were able to make it up to our Walled Garden or American Garden which is just one area of our vast grounds. Whilst they are...More

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oscar2909
8 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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Andy D
9 October 2017|
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Response from garylomas | Reviewed this property |
Hi, pretty much all the grounds, and a fair amount of the castle
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