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Powderham Castle

| Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ, England
+44 1626 890243
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Disappointing visit on this occasion

Friends and I went for a Sunday Lunch in their main restaurant as we have done so on many occasions... read more

Reviewed yesterday
My-review994
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Devon, United Kingdom
Good half day visit

Regular guided tours with very knowledgeable guide, she was very good with the children in the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rita B
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London, United Kingdom
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Powderham Castle is the family home of the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. It was originally built by Sir Philip Courtenay in 1391 and despite undergoing many transformations since surviving the ravages of the civil war in the 17th century, it has remained in the same family. Entertaining guided tours bring the fascinating history to life, you will find them engaging whatever your age. Discover secret doors, stunning architecture and even a haunted landing. We would advise you to allow at least 3 hours for your visit so you can take time to explore the many acres of gardens and grounds. The Walled Garden is home to our friendly Powderham pets, including Tessa the tortoise and Harry the donkey, and is a safe haven for our little visitors. Relax in the peaceful surroundings, from the beautiful Rose Garden, overlooking the deer park and Exe estuary to the Woodland Garden, with its stunning collection of trees. For the keener walker the breathtaking views from the foot of the Belvedere tower are very rewarding - you can see for miles and feel on top of the world! Before you leave visit the Powderham Country Store. Here you will find Toby Buckland's wonderful plant shop, the Powderham General Trading Co with its range of gifts, clothes and home furnishings and a fantastic food hall, bakery and butcher.
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| Kenton, Exeter EX6 8JQ, England
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+44 1626 890243
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Reviewed yesterday

Friends and I went for a Sunday Lunch in their main restaurant as we have done so on many occasions when visiting friends in Exeter. I don't know what has happened to the restaurant but the food was not of its usual standard. Although the...More

Thank My-review994
Reviewed 2 days ago

Regular guided tours with very knowledgeable guide, she was very good with the children in the group involving them to keep their interest. The house is still in use by the family who own it so besides old portraits and photos there were present day...More

Thank Rita B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very much enjoyed our visit to Powderham. The tour guide (Alison) was excellent and really brought the castle to life. The tour lasted about an hour and we got to see a number of different rooms throughout the castle. I thought the family photos were...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the farm shop and one of the female members of staff followed my autistic son around the shop. She took umbrage to the fact that he touched something and so she told him off. We felt extremely uncomfortable and left. So if you...More

1  Thank patrick B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a few hours here on a very wet July afternoon. It's a fascinating place to visit. The family of the Earl of Devon have traced back their roots to Charlemagne and came over to Britain with the Norman conquest. The guides are very friendly...More

Thank AndyHill307
Reviewed 1 week ago

Little Mix were Great,also Ella Eyre who was one of the support acts,unfortunately we didn't get to see the first support act (Sheppard) as we were,like everyone else it seems,stuck in traffic. Our 1.5 hrs journey to the castle took 4 hrs. The route to...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well it's already been said. I'm not disrespecting Powderham Castle but the events taking place in their grounds. I took my daughter and granddaughter to 'Little Mix' who actually were late on stage and after 2 costume changes only sang for an hour! Expensive songs!...More

4  Thank 500brendas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The whole organisation of the event was a shambles! They knew how many people were coming yet still seemed completely under prepared with transport links and traffic! Firstly there weren't enough trains on for getting to the venue and lots of people were left at...More

1  Thank Lolipop2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, never have I been to such a fiasco but let me start by saying that Bryan Adams what we saw of him was absolutely fantastic!!! Did not mind paying quite a high price for the ticket as you get what you pay for......advised on...More

2  Thank celticmaiden18
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd recommend avoiding future concerts at Powderham Castle until the organisers has sorted out the access and egress to the venue. We spent two and a half hours travelling the 6 miles or so from Exeter. This seemed to be caused by a set of...More

Thank Nahnlbsdh
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marialong19
11 May 2017|
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Response from Travelnut4132013 |
How long can we expect a tour to be through the castle?
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Sue D
8 May 2017|
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Response from TotallyMadH | Reviewed this property |
You could get there by car (and as the previous person said, about 20 minutes) or you could go by train and then walk from the railway station - about 30-40 minutes altogether
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jenjojam
24 March 2017|
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Response from garylomas | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jenjo, I have never attended a concert here, so sorry I cant be of much help, but the one thing I can say for sure, is that rules are RULES in the grounds, and they are enforced, try a phone call to them, and good luck... More
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