Situated on a formerly marshy and flat ground on the west bank of the River Exe estuary, Powderham Castle is the home to the Earl and Countess of Devon. Closed for private and hired events for most part of the year this castle is definitely worth paying a visit to, if your schedule happens to match with the days it is open to visitors. The walls of this palace are painted with rich history as it continues to be in the same family even 600 years later. Home to the 18th Earl and Countess of Devon currently, this building of this structure began in 1391 by Sir Philip Courtney. The setting is straight from a fairytale and is in a way really magical. All in all-this castle offers you a perfect opportunity for a fun-filled family day out!
Powderham Castle Travel Tips
- You cannot roam around without a guide in the castle. Except for on the grounds and some accessible areas, enquire accordingly.
- The ground floor of the Castle is accessible to wheelchair users. A wheelchair is available for loan, whilst in the Castle only.
- The tractor/trailer has a ramp and the Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner is accessible, although there are some steep slopes.
Entrance Ticket Details For Powderham Castle
- Please note that they update their website yearly. Hence refer to the website for the current ticket price.
- You can also go back again for FREE within 7 days. Simply complete your details on the questionnaire form you are given on arrival and get your ticket validated at the Gift Shop or Welcome Hut before you leave.
- Please note this offer is not valid on Grounds only or discounted tickets. If you have a child in your party wishing to take part in the themed activity on the return visit there will be a charge of £2.50 per child.
Powderham Castle Hours
- Please note that they update their website yearly. Hence refer to the website for their current schedule.
- The first guided tour is at 11.15am running at regular intervals thereafter. The last tour is 1 hour before closing.
- Please note you can only see inside the castle with a guide. On Fridays the last guided tour is at 2.30pm (subject to change), however the grounds including the Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner, the Forge, Courtenay Cafe and Gift Shop are still open.
- Opening times and other details are subject to change without prior notice. They reserve the right to close all or part of the grounds and Castle as necessary.
How to Reach Powderham Castle
- Train from St David`s. Buses or cars can be taken.
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44.16% of people who visit Exeter include Powderham Castle in their plan
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73.26% of people start their Powderham Castle visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Powderham Castle
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle Reviews & Ratings
I brought my Local History group here on the 21/05/2019 and we all had a marvelous time. The grounds are lovely, the views brilliant , I especially loved the animals in the Walled Garden. We enjoyed a informative tour of the ground floor of the house , the guide was superb, so knowledgeable and pleasant , and the scones with the cream tea excellent.
Great place both for history and children. We had a great day here .We were lucky in that Tractor Ted was there this week and our 18 month old granddaughter loved the toy tractors and sitting in the real ones. There is a great wall garden with a wide number of animals in there .The children love it. The house is great .Full of history but there are two tours. These have bookable times so make sure you do this at the ticket office The guides were very knowledgeable and answered guests questions when asked. The house show a history going back 600 years. Great day out both on a wet or dry day.
Excellent place to spend a few hours whether it's to roam the stunning castle and gardens, the safari, or just visit the shops and restaurant on site. This is one of our local haunts as we love the deli here. Delicious pies, pasties and cakes! The shops sell mostly ladies clothing and gifts with the exception of the garden shop. Always friendly and helpful staff, can get quite busy in summer as Powderham usually holds festivals. It's a great place to have on your door step!
We went for my second visit last week. This is a private home, not National Trust! It's an amazing home to visit. The family have to up-keep this huge, wonderful house and the grounds! It's not expensive to visit and as a historic visit its well worth seeing. We felt like we were visiting friends. So relaxed and lovely. Thank you.
Great family day out. Lots to do, more than I expected. Great play area for kids. Not cheap but ticket was valid for 7 days.