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“Great day out”
Review of Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle
Ranked #4 of 125 things to do in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is advertised as a castle, but it is more of a fortified manor house. That said the children (9 and 11) all enjoyed visiting the castle itself. The tour is not suitable for buggies or very young children as no-one can hear what the guide is saying if the children are making too much noise... Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

Food was good, but service in the little cafe could do with a bit of improvement: it was friendly, but a bit slow with a long line of customers and half way through serving us the couple behind us were served instead as we were asking a few too many questions!

Didn't spend any time in the grounds as the weather was raining, but would be a great place for a picnic..

Thank C_S_J_F
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a family friendly castle to visit, just big enough for the adults and small enough to keep the little ones happy, the staff are very knowledgable, friendly and are not fazed by unusual questions! "Do mice live in the armour at night?" Plenty of interesting artefacts, paintings and architecture. I would recommend the children's history sheet, very good fun! The grounds are made up of formal gardens, walled gardens, woodland and parkland. You'll have fun exploring the various outside areas and if little legs get tired hope on the land train ( check days it running) gives you not only a close up look at the deer, but some history too. In the walled garden area check out the petting /farm animals, we especially loved the different varieties of chickens! If that's not enough bring a picnic to enjoy and take a look at the shops by the entrance to powder ham you could go home with some tasty treats, plants, gifts and supper. Great value day out

Thank 123clareyfairy
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

The staff went to some trouble to help two disabled visitors and made sure we could see most of the castle. The grounds were poorly signposted especially for disability scooters to the pet area. We ended up having to negotiate a steep slope on foot when we could have driven by a different path all the way. A nice enough visit in all.

Thank clicman
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Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

Visited powderham on the way back from a holiday in Cornwall , as members of HHA entrance was free.
A really intersting place with friendly staff and good facalties .
The guided tour of the castle was the highlight , really intersting , went on for an hour and ten minutes and we left fully engaged and wanting more!,
A really suprising find that we would go back to again .

Thank darren F
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

The rather touristy farm shop at the entrance to Powderham Castle contains an excellent butcher, a franchise of an Exeter firm, who specialise in the local ruby red beef and venison. The butcher is helpful and chatty- he knows his meat. I called for some sausages and left with £50 of meat! The shop contains the usual tourist tat, but is well laid out and the young lady on the till has a dazzling smile.

Thank Rover420
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