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Powderham Castle, Exeter

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Built in 1391 by Sir Philip Courtenary, Powderham Castle is the home of his descendants, the 18th Earl and Countess of Devon. The family’s involvement in history, from the War of the Roses to the Civil War, ensures that you’ll find enough here to keep you busy for hours. To visit the castle, you must take a guided tour. On nice days, take a tractor tour of the grounds to see wildlife and the estuary. Enjoy the other attractions on the estate, including a forge, cafe, playgrounds, and nature trails. At the Powderham Country Store, buy a range of goods from fresh produce to textiles, all made on the castle grounds. Plan trip to Exeter with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • As a family with a 9 yr old and a 12 yr old we had a lovely day out exploring the grounds, engaging with Robin Hood and a great tour of the house.  more »
  • Cost £32.50 for a family and that included the fairy walk and free return within 7 days which we would have done but the holiday just ran away with us We came with our 2small children lots to do for t...  more »
  • a great place for a day out. great tour. by a very good guide.good gardens, and a great park with its own deer herd.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Went on the guided tour, (with our dogs) it was well worth it. Much more informative than just wandering around a building by yourself. Could not go to the walled garden to see the animals as we had our dogs with us. There are areas to walk your dogs in the grounds. But overall very interesting.
  • Nice estate to walk around, lovely views from the Belvedere. The tour of the house was targeted too much at the young children and was thus not as informative as it could have been. Very friendly staff and a good cafe for snacks/lunch. A good a day out. If you are an NT member then remember to tell them, you get a nice discount 😀.

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