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“Fascinating place”
Review of Okehampton Castle

Okehampton Castle
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Okehampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin.
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fascinating place”
Reviewed 6 September 2012

Very helpful and friendly chap at kiosk was able to answer all kids questions about the castle. Reasonable entry price including audio tour if required - my kids were interested enough in the clear signs of what used to be where. Take a camera - the castle and surrounding area are both stunning.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Plorpston
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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Nice ruins - perfect for dogs”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

Visited Okehampton Castle and really enjoyed it - dog absolutely loved the woodlands walk (as did the four humans!)

Information was engaging and interesting, which isn't always the case with these kind of heritage sites.

Special mention to the friendly man at the kiosk who really made the experience complete!

Visited September 2012
3 Thank Tomby1
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great afternoon”
Reviewed 31 July 2012

The castle is great but the nicest part to the visit was the attendant. He was chatty, friendly and very helpful. What a very nice man. There is a nice picnic area so take along sandwiches cause if its a nice day you can sit by the castle and relax. The whole castle (ruin) is dog friendly. There is also a woodland walk around the castle so ask the attendant for the map after the castle visit.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Lindaa-w1966
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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“An excellent attraction for many reasons”
Reviewed 23 June 2012

I travelled here with my family last summer (2011) and we spent an excellent afternoon here.

The entry fee was very reasonable and provided us with audio tour equipment of the castle. The quality of the audio tour was very high; it was interesting, enlightening and clearly explained. I cannot remember the last time I have enjoyed a historical site so much.

The grounds themselves are pleasant and the ruined castle has enough of its former structure left to be an interesting spectacle. The surrounding area or the site itself would also for a nice picnic or just a lazy afternoon.

I can thoroughly recommend this place for any tourists passing through the area.

Visited July 2011
1 Thank William W
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Castle”
Reviewed 12 June 2012

Lots of ruins for the children to run around and the staff in the English Heritage hut were very friendly. £12 for a family of four - not bad but you only need an hour here max.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank 187049Familyoffour
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