The Castle of Exeter is located at the highest point of the city. Due to the reddish colour of the volcanic rock on which it stood, it came to be known as Rougemont Castle locally.
Richard III visited Exeter castle, he was really taken aback by the strength and beauty of the castle. Once a military fortress; lost that title after surrendering to General Fairfax in 1646. Today, although most of its battlements and towers are intact, the real beauty of the structure is hidden behind the surrounding of park and gardens. It is today best viewed from the castle yard.
There are few remains of the early buildings within the walls, with its site being mostly occupied by the former Sessions House and Devon Assize Hall. There is also a lofty entrance gatehouse, with a circular arch which can still be seen from Rougemont Gardens. There are still prominent remains of the boundaries of the castle enclosure and early towers to the West and East.
The initial building that got the name of the castle is said to have been built by King Athelstan, and is recorded to have been destroyed in 1003 by the Danes.
William the Conqueror-in 1068 selected this castle as the strongest fortified castle that had ever existed at Exeter.
Much of the original structure of the Devon Court has undergone frequent renovations to make it apt for the business of the county.
Containing a number of courts, it is faced with Portland stone.
The eastern side of the session house offers an opportunity for a visitor to take a walk and see the whole of Exeter and surroundings in a panoramic view. The castle is now in private hands and the new owners aim to create a vibrant hub of music, art, food and drink and wish to maintain it enough to keep it open for the next 1000 years!
Exeter Castle Travel Tips
- It is the most sought after residential areas of Exeter. Please maintain decorum.
- The castle is hired for weddings and private ceremonies most of the times. If you are planning a visit, contact them to avoid any disappointments.
How to Reach Exeter Castle
- Bus: Local and national bus services operate from the city's bus station, in Paris Street, not far from the High Street's eastern end.
- Train: Exeter is served by two main railway stations, Exeter St David’s and Exeter Central. Central station is more convenient for the city centre and Exeter Castle.
Love this? Explore the entire list of places to visit in Exeter before you plan your trip.
Fancy a good night's sleep after a tiring day? Check out where to stay in Exeter and book an accommodation of your choice.
39.49% of people who visit Exeter include Exeter Castle in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
33.33% of people start their Exeter Castle visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Exeter Castle
90.95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Exeter Castle
Exeter Castle Reviews & Ratings
Very Historical Venue and Lovely Place and Location. Fabulous Staff second to none. Wonderful Location and Great Quality
exeter castle is not as good as my castle. very medieval. big spook. big time... fun? perhaps... visit and youll see. also dont forget to leave a 5 star rating because its a 5 star castle. yes?
Saw Sum 41 here. Excellent venue for music sounded amazing although due to the tarmac reccomend staying on your feet if you can! Would definitely love to see more music here. Don't usually get the chance to see live bands open air in the middle of the city. More bands please
Really nice venue, smart looking main building surrounded with old castle wall. I went to a gig here. Was ok size. Its real draw is that it is central to exeter. I am unsure on parking as the venue had a large stage and 500+ people in it
Not alot to see but very friendly and helpful staff. Shame that it had to be turned into flats.