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Powderham Castle, Exeter

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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. 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 very much enjoyed our guided tour of powderham castle recently and was sorry not to have longer to visit the gardens and do the deer safari. A nice day out for kids and adults alike. 
  • We had a wondeful tour guide when we visited this castle and he made our visit so enjoyable. It is not a fancy place nor elegantly decorated, but it has a lot of history and our guide brought it to li...  read more »
  • Visited shop for lunch. Sat in cramped cafe in shop area. Just wanted a pasty and quiche, but had to order with salad or have on its own but still charged full price. Pot of tea good. Homity pie recom...  read more »
  • 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 .......
  • "POSH and RICH" people live here. Along with the "FALLOW DEER" and "WILD FOWL" and "MUTE SWANS"....... At certain times of the year the large park - house and gardens are open to the public. They call this "HOUSE" a "CASTLE", with its many rooms, vividly and imaginatively decorated. A very knowledgeable, sometimes 'witty guide' will take you on a tour.....You can also take a 'trailer tour' of the "DEER PARK", with the lovely aged trees offering you an 'inside view'...... As a 'special bonus', "GREY HERONS" nest in the "DEER PARK", and its quite comical seeing them up high in the tree tops....... A river runs through the "DEER PARK", creating a marshy pond area where you can see "CANADA GEESE" and other interesting "WILD FOWL"......."SPECIAL EVENTS" are held here, with "VISITORS" from all over the world, so it can be quite busy.........Nearby is a "VILLAGE STYLE" large shopping area, where you can purchase interesting locally made products........ Rest and have a light or full meal, "CREAM TEAS with SCONES"...........Flanking the "DEER PARK" is the world famous "VICTORIAN COAST RAILWAY", (which is even featured in a "TRAIN SIMULATOR"), and "THE EXE ESTUARY" which offers "WADERS" feeding at low tide..........You can walk here from "EXETER", along the 'scenic estuary purpose built path way' or from the train station at "STAR CROSS", which is close by.............So, you can spend a full day here........Across on the other side of the "EXE ESTUARY" is a "ROYAL MARINES BASE", so you are guaranteed "GOOD COMPANY" at "POWDERHAM CASTLE"............Have a lovely day..............
  • Good day out...with very good tour of the internal house by a very funny and informat8 guide. It's good that English Heritage members get 2-4-1 entry and the fact you are able to revisit for free over the following week...wonderful visit during wonderful weather.
  • A brilliant day out - with a fascinating vidsit from Willie Wonka to boot! The walled garden and the wood carvers kept 2 children, ages 11 and 8, enthralled. Great places to picnic, and very quiet to boot - we felt like we were the only people there during the school holidays! they deserve more visitors.
  • Excellent place to visit, so much to see and do for all the family. Always different events going on and The Earl and his wife are so friendly down to earth and approachable.
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