Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Powderham Castle is the home to Charlie, The 19th Earl of Devon, and his family, AJ, Jos and Jack. 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, which will engage you 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.
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  • Jessica B
    Clyst Honiton, United Kingdom34 contributions
    Wonderful Festive Evening
    We came last night for the Christmas lights and were just amazed as how beautiful it was. All the staff were so lovely and friendly, great choice in the food barn and the house was stunning. The children said it was better than Longleat. We loved the train and the music throughout the park. Excellent Father Christmas and elves in the grotto. We would definitely recommend to our friends and will be back next year. Thankyou
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2022
  • Ian D
    1 contribution
    Good visit to Powderham Castle, ? Food.
    We had a lovely visit to Powderham Castle and were delighted with all the various areas. The Walled Garden, with the animal petting area was great for younger children. Also, a lovely location for a family picnic whilst the little ones can run free.. A fort is also situated here for the kids to go in. The American garden was nice and peaceful with nice plants to see, a pond is also in the garden. Inside the castle was really interesting although upstairs was not open, we are going back in a couple of days when the upstairs is available. Our entry cost is valid for one week so we will not have to pay again, I suggest you check the website for when upstairs is open before planning a visit. Our only complaint is about the Courtyard Cafe, we sat down to eat at 1.15pm and already they had run out of pasties and Chicken Tikka sandwich filling. My wife was very disappointed with her sandwich which was cream cheese and cucumber. The cream cheese was spread very thinly almost like butter or margarine. We felt that at £6.95 per boxed sandwich this was very poor value. Although this in no way ruined our visit it was rather a disappointment, in other stately homes you would normally get a sandwich with crisps at that price. Also, running out of stock during a lunch service at the start of a Bank Holiday was poor considering the castle was not that busy. All in all a lovely visit, the staff were really friendly at every location within the castle complex.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Leona B
    2 contributions
    Bastille 2023 - Bad Blood X
    Went to watch Bastille Bad Blood X tour. The concert itself was fantastic. The pre-event information was none existent so we didn't know what you could and couldn't take into the venue. Would have been helpful to know you could take a chair! The parking situation was a nightmare with it taking over an hour to travel 2 miles to park. Security staff at junctions just standing around not offering any info on where to go or to help traffic flow. We left 15 mins before the end of the concert to avoid the nightmare of leaving the car park which I had read from other reviews. I also see the comments from Powerderham that the security is an out sourced company. You still need to take responsibility as organisers and maybe look to finding a more professional outfit! I would not recommend a concert at this venue to anyone unless you have a lot of spare time on your hands!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Millieguinness12345
    27 contributions
    Great castle and tour shame about the cafe Terrible food and service
    The castle inside and out is amazing . The tour is also very good; if you get Peter then you’re very lucky. Such a nice man , makes it funny and very interesting. How ever the grounds and gardens are disappointing not kept and maintained well at all, wondered what you pay for. The cafe very limited choice of food, ran out of food by 1230 ish, scones very dry complained and the girl gave us another 2 still dry; just girls working there not Interseted in service more singing in the kitchen the radio far too Loud for a cafe that small. Lots of walking so find out before you start, we made that mistake and due to my mums health we had to ask for A buggie to Come and collect us , that day none were available so the finance manager on his black bmw Came Out especially . Top Class service and the lady that arranged it was also very good and patient . Just a shame the gardens; the cafe and shop were disappointing and the staff in there that lets it down as the tour and castle amazing,
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Joanne P
    2 contributions
    Interesting Tour
    A enjoyable visit to Powderham Castle today. Attended the upstairs tour which gives a different view of the castle and stately homes. Our tour guide Dave was superb. He was very informative and extremely knowledgable regarding historical points and information. He had a great sense of humour and was very engaging throughout the whole tour. It was clear he was very passionate about his job as were other members of staff we engaged with during our visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Gary P
    London, United Kingdom17 contributions
    Day at the castle
    Day out. At the castle. Enjoy the views as well as the castle. Had a part guide as well. Wish was very handy. Not a bad price when you consider some places charge even more. Well worth a look
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • nk12butler
    Reading, United Kingdom66 contributions
    Wow amazing as always
    Wow this place is always amazing. We went to look around with my parents who joined us on holiday, and we went to look around as they have never been here before. We went when it was heritage week and it was free entry to the castle. We were able to look around the lower state rooms and this was amazing and my parents enjoyed looking around to. If you get chance to go to this wonderful place and do a tour then great. You might even see the resident Red Deer out and about when here.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Cornflake50
    Bath, United Kingdom647 contributions
    Its very pleasant to walk thro the woods. Lack of signage
    The best bit of the day was actually the walk from Starcross station to the castle. We didn't meet anyone else doing this so it made for a peaceful one. I rather agree with the poster who says it's more of a stately home rather than a castle. The best bit inside was the volunteer Simon playing music, though the organ was on the blink. Other than that it was just the usual. The windows need a lot of attention! Buying tickets was painfully slow when we were there mainly I think because everyone was trying some wheeze to get free or reduced tickets. Strangely one person seemed to think being a member of a gardening group qualified. Due to the delay we were too late for the earlier guided tour and decided not to stay for the later one as it would have meant hanging around for over an hour. We did explore the grounds but as other posters have said there is a lack of signage. The scale on the leaflet is also misleading. We were trying to get to the American garden and the Belvedere but found that there was a locked gate. Someone working in the forge then explained on returning that it was closed because of the pheasant season. You would have thought that one would have been told this or that signs would have been put out. I think there was another way in past the so called secret garden but by that point my partner was too tired. We met a couple of people in wheel chairs trying to find where to go, there were quite a few disabled people there, so I do think the lack of signage and information needs improvement. Overall an enjoyable day, mainly due to our saunter to and fro.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • humbert21
    7 contributions
    Nice visit, shame about the refreshments.
    We enjoyed our visit to the castle especially as we were there for the free guided tour at 11.00 which showed us things we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. However, when we arrived at 10.00 we were told the cafe would be open shortly. At 10.30 an employee put her head out of the door to say they would be open at 11.00 even though several of us were hanging about. When we went back to the cafe at 12.30 for lunch there was one cheese and pickle sandwich on white bread and nothing else for vegetarians. I tried ordering a scone but was told that they were out of jam! So my advice is don’t count on getting refreshments when you visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
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humbert21
London, UK7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to the castle especially as we were there for the free guided tour at 11.00 which showed us things we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. However, when we arrived at 10.00 we were told the cafe would be open shortly. At 10.30 an employee put her head out of the door to say they would be open at 11.00 even though several of us were hanging about. When we went back to the cafe at 12.30 for lunch there was one cheese and pickle sandwich on white bread and nothing else for vegetarians. I tried ordering a scone but was told that they were out of jam! So my advice is don’t count on getting refreshments when you visit.
Written 22 October 2023
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Claire E
14 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We all had a lovely time. The sun shone, pets corner was fabulous. The staff were all knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend
Written 16 October 2023
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Cass F
6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited Powderham castle because it was dog friendly and we were so impressed! We were surprised that our dog was allowed in all the rooms of the castle and on the guided tour as well. Not only that, but she was really welcomed by all the guides and given so much fuss. She loved it and so did we. It’s not often we get to explore an entire attraction so it was a real treat! The castle tour was fantastic and the only way you’re allowed to explore the upper floors, but this is included in the ticket price and really worth it. Our tour guide (Andy) was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was the perfect day out. We would highly recommend a visit and will definitely return!
Written 29 September 2023
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Stephanie F
Coventry, UK20 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
For £15pp it felt great value compared to other castles and stately homes.
We got there early so walked around the petting zoo in the secret garden whilst we waited for everything to open. Beautiful space and well looked after!
Written 22 September 2023
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Cornflake50
Bath, UK647 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The best bit of the day was actually the walk from Starcross station to the castle. We didn't meet anyone else doing this so it made for a peaceful one. I rather agree with the poster who says it's more of a stately home rather than a castle. The best bit inside was the volunteer Simon playing music, though the organ was on the blink. Other than that it was just the usual. The windows need a lot of attention! Buying tickets was painfully slow when we were there mainly I think because everyone was trying some wheeze to get free or reduced tickets. Strangely one person seemed to think being a member of a gardening group qualified. Due to the delay we were too late for the earlier guided tour and decided not to stay for the later one as it would have meant hanging around for over an hour. We did explore the grounds but as other posters have said there is a lack of signage. The scale on the leaflet is also misleading. We were trying to get to the American garden and the Belvedere but found that there was a locked gate. Someone working in the forge then explained on returning that it was closed because of the pheasant season. You would have thought that one would have been told this or that signs would have been put out. I think there was another way in past the so called secret garden but by that point my partner was too tired. We met a couple of people in wheel chairs trying to find where to go, there were quite a few disabled people there, so I do think the lack of signage and information needs improvement. Overall an enjoyable day, mainly due to our saunter to and fro.
Written 17 September 2023
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nk12butler
Reading, UK66 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Wow this place is always amazing. We went to look around with my parents who joined us on holiday, and we went to look around as they have never been here before. We went when it was heritage week and it was free entry to the castle. We were able to look around the lower state rooms and this was amazing and my parents enjoyed looking around to. If you get chance to go to this wonderful place and do a tour then great. You might even see the resident Red Deer out and about when here.
Written 15 September 2023
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Darren L
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Family
Had a lovely burger from Big Bear Burgers at Powderham Castle. Very tasty, recommended. Also, nice castle.
Written 13 September 2023
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Jeremy C
17 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Unimpressed to say the least.

The castle is more of a Stately home and is nothing special. The grounds are lacklustre, the secret garden not worth the small climb up to it. The pavilion is just a small empty building, and we walked through the American Garden without even realising it. The view from the Belvedere is quite good, but getting to it is hard.

And there's the rub. The map is not to scale, but it doesn't say so (apparently that would be too difficult to do). Things that appear close by are a very long way away. The map also doesn't show all the paths you need to know about. We only found the route to Belvedere by using Google earth. Multiple unmarked gates and hard to find tracks (that don't agree with the provided map).

When we suggested a few small direction signs might be a good idea, we were told that the Earl doesn't like signs. So basically two fingers to the visitors who are paying to see these attractions.

Definitely won't be going again. Ever.
Written 12 September 2023
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Waaf242
Nuneaton, UK25 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely setting and the castle and grounds are stunning with well informed staff who were willing to share there knowledge with us , the music room was my favourite and the duchesses staircase . But the thing that made our visit was the secret garden and the three ladies on duty there were so friendly and helpful they let us sit in the shade with our three dogs and even showed us a hedgehog !was the making off our holiday
Written 9 September 2023
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Keith R
Middlesbrough, UK6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very disappointed. Unable to find American garden no sign post. The castle/house was also disappointed. There was very little to see and were done in less than an hour. Not worth the money.
Written 6 September 2023
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Powderham Castle is open:
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