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Powderham Castle, Exeter

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Castle Historic Site
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. Use our Exeter travel itinerary planner to visit Powderham Castle on your trip to Exeter, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We arrived early and visited the FarmShop and store beforehand, before moving on to the castle. There was a very friendly welcome and we were supplied with our tickets. There is a very generous 50% di...  more »
  • Checked website for cream teas and it said served 3-430 in orangery restaurant. Arrived a bit early at 245 to be told no problem just help myself to a scone and a slab of cake the teas were put on a t...  more »
  • We went on a Monday so it was fairly quiet walking around. I think we paid about £11 for two people as we both have National Trust passes which gets 50% off. We had a tour of the Castle given by Andy ...  more »
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  • Lovely day out at a beautiful, elegant home. The guide was very informative and the tour last over an hour. The Duchess even found time to say hello before she rushed off to pick the children up from school. The farm shop and restaurant are worth a visit. We will definitely call again when next in the area, as the grounds are still to explore and there is farm and playground for the grandchildren. Overall a must visit and reasonably priced. 😀
  • Live locally and was initially put off by the price BUT found it to be really reasonable given all it includes and that you can go back within a week. Beautifully maintained, really friendly staff, we stayed all day, falconry display, fairy hunt, they have lots of family friendly activities! The farm shop and restaurant are worth a visit.
  • Wonderful day out at Powderham Castle. Live locally and am kicking myself for not having visited sooner. Plumped for the guided tour and spent an enjoyable hour learning about the history of the Castle and the family tree. Whilst there encountered the present Lord and Lady Courtenay and the tour party were greeted with smiles and a friendly greeting and we were wished a pleasant afternoon. The Rose garden was beautiful. The house was fascinating. Plenty to do for those with young children. Brilliant day out .......
  • A little underwhelmed. When close up I didn't find the castle particularly attractive. The deer park is nice and the walled garden is great for kids as it has lots of petting animals and a large castle structure to play on. Not a great deal to do though.
  • Enjoyed a small slice of lemon drizzle cake and cup of tea on the terrace with the dog. Parasols would help to keep the tables and chairs dry. A lovely romantic view of the castle through the trees.