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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 Β£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 scones yum yum! πŸ˜‹ Food was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful. But why we come here every year? It's because on the wonderful Alice in Wonderland and Pirates interactive show for the kids. It's always sunny and we love to go round on the sightseeing train and watching all the happy deer. πŸŒ³πŸ‚ the castle is beautiful and we love the play parks and little farm with my favourite 🐎 horses. I was allowed to help put the chickens 🐀 and guinea pigs back in the cage 😁 and look after the lovely horses and naughty goats. πŸ‚ It was so relaxing we could just sleep. Even the pig was snoring! πŸ–πŸ› I love Powderham Castle! 5/5. πŸ’–πŸŒΉImogenπŸŒΉπŸ’–
  • Great few hrs at Powderham Castle. Family outing with some lovely walks. The play and animal area is great for the kiddies with a fun mini zip wire. Lovely day x very clean with plenty of rest areas.
  • Our guide Bridget gave us a wonderful tour around this lovely stately home. Her knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for Powderham made it a most enjoyable outing. Such a lovely building in such a beautiful setting
  • Excellent guided tour of the castle. Nice to see one that has been well kept and is still a home. Half price for national trust helped too.
  • Friendly and helpful staff. We had a cream tea at the castle. Very good

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Quayside lodging provides access to restaurants and pubs with a hip, urban vibe. Exeter's city center is dotted with both boutique hotels and hotel chains that are near shopping and museums. Consider a B&B near the Exeter Cathedral for a peaceful and scenic stay close to the city's main architectural attraction.
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