Powderham Castle, Exeter

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  • Address: Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 11:00 am - 04:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1626890243
  • Ticket Price: 12 GBP
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Castle, Family And Kids
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About Powderham Castle, Exeter

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 Information

  • 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.

Powderham Castle Ticket Prices

  • 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 Opening and Closing 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 by Public Transport

  • Train from St David`s. Buses or cars can be taken.

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Powderham Castle, Exeter Reviews

  • What’s unusual is that the guided tours of the castle that they offer (included in the entrance price) are dog friendly which means you don’t have to miss out if you bring your four-legged friend. The first tour is at 11.15am and they run for about 45mins - 1 hour throughout the day until 3.30pm. Our guide entertained us very well with stories of the history of the castle and made it great fun for the kids too. The tour does involve a certain amount of climbing up and down stairs so be warned if you have mobility issues. They also have a pretty rose garden around the back of the castle and for £2.50 you can go on a deer park safari which is available Wednesday and Thursday. We didn’t do this or use the tea room as we brought our own picnic and sat at one of the many picnic tables dotted around in scenic locations. After lunch we walked to the Forge which was fascinating to see and visited the Walled Garden Pets Corner (no dogs in this area). This was perfect for children but I could have spent longer in there with all manner of creatures you could make a fuss over. A lovely day out for the family, best enjoyed on a sunny day.

  • Lovely castle grounds with a live Alice In Wonderland performance for the kiddies. The farm/zoo is a fun visit with animals roaming and a kid's castle to play in. The guided tour of the castle is interesting, but not as magical as the outdoor kid's castle.

  • I really loved this place. It's not the largest castle you will ever visit but it's a lovely experience into the lives of the Courtenay's of past and present. The earl of Exeter and his family still lives here! They also have a little farm area with chipmunks, chinchillas, goats, chickens, sheep and a few other animals. A pleasant afternoon spent.

  • We had a lovely family day out with our young son. He loved riding the tractor trail through the deer park and learning all about the ghosts and haunted castle! There's lot of fun activities for the family and little ones can pick up a medal if they complete their challenges. Stop off at the farmers market on the way out to pick up some great local venison and cheese!

  • Great place to visit. Guided tour round the castle was very informative. Lots of activities in the grounds. Nice tea room next to the castle and a snack hut near the car park. Lovely walks, you can see the fallow deer in the parks grounds. Excellent animal encounter in the walled garden for children to get close to chickens, pigs, sheep and ducks. Good for young and old.

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