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Powderham Castle

Explore nature trails, watch the birds of prey displays and go on a deer safari at this manor house that combines a medieval military exterior with opulent Victorian furnishings.

Visit Powderham Castle to take guided tours through the secret doors and ornate landings. Enjoy art and craft workshops and meet animals in the Pets Corner.

Powderham Castle is the historic and current home of the Earl of Devon. Originally built in 1391, the manor underwent extensive remodeling in the Victorian period. Following two world wars the estate struggled financially, before opening to the public in 1959. Since then it has welcomed over a million visitors.

Take a guided tour around the castle grounds. Walk through secret doors into lavish rooms and then see the wood-paneled great hall. Admire the Georgian furniture, art works owned by the past Earls of Devon and house paintings by Cosway, Reynolds and Kneller. Listen to your knowledgeable guide explain the history of the family and estate.

See the animals in the Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner, which was originally a Victorian walled garden. There are pot-bellied pigs, goats, guinea pigs, chickens, sheep, a donkey and more, as well as two spur-thighed tortoises which have appeared on the famous U.K. television show Blue Peter. Watch displays featuring a variety of birds of prey, such as owls, falcons, hawks and a golden steppe eagle.

Ride a trailer pulled by a tractor out into the deer park and admire the surrounding estate, which is home to about 600 deer and other wildlife. Children can explore the three nature trails, which include the lake, the walled garden and the woodland garden. Take them along two trails and they’ll earn a gold medal from the gift shop. Visit the forge to see the creation of decorative ironworks and try woodcarving when members of the Exeter Woodcarvers visit the castle.

Powderham Castle is 8 miles (13 kilometers) south of Exeter. Buses run from the town center regularly. There is an entry fee. The castle opens between the end of March and the end of October. It closes on Saturdays and occasionally at other times so check ahead. Individual attractions run on different days throughout the year. The interior is accessible only with a guide. Get refreshments at the castle’s café and snack stand, or bring your own picnic. Purchase souvenirs at the gift shop.


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Fore Street, Kenton, Exeter, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Exeter, this inn is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Powderham Castle and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. Dawlish Warren Beach and Dawlish Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km). Starcross Station is 28 minutes by foot.

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    Old Vicarage

    Torrington Place, Kenton, Exeter, England
       
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Exeter, this bed & breakfast is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Powderham Castle and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. Dawlish Warren Beach and Dawlish Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Vicarage Cottage
      Vicarage Cottage

      Vicarage Cottage

      Higher Down, Kenton, Exeter, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Exeter, this cottage is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Powderham Castle and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. Dawlish Warren Beach and Dawlish Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Mill Farm £80
        Mill Farm

        Mill Farm

        Kenton, Exeter, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Exeter, this agritourism property is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Powderham Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Northbrook Approach Golf Course and Dawlish Warren Beach. Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and Dawlish Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          1 The Quay
          1 The Quay

          1 The Quay

             
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Exmouth, this golf cottage is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from A La Ronde and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Exmouth Beach. Devon Cliffs Beach and East Devon Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km). Lympstone Village Station is only a 3-minute walk.

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            The old Post Office, The Strand, Starcross, England
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, Exmouth Beach and Powderham Castle. Dawlish Warren Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Starcross Station is only a 3-minute walk.

              The Galleon Inn
              The Galleon Inn

              The Galleon Inn

              The Strand, Exeter, England
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach, this inn is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, Exmouth Beach and Powderham Castle. Dawlish Warren Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Starcross Station is only a 2-minute walk.

                Lympstone Manor Hotel £340
                Lympstone Manor Hotel

                Lympstone Manor Hotel

                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Exmouth Beach and Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. Devon Cliffs Beach and A La Ronde are also within 3 miles (5 km). Exmouth Station is 7 minutes by foot.