Welcome to Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary. Six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes. Sir Philip Courtenay began building it in 1391 and it has remained in the same family to this day, currently home to the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. The magical setting and convenient location makes it the perfect venue for all manner of events including wedding receptions and business functions. For locals and visitors to Devon it is a 'must see' and with its many attractions - a wonderful family day out!
The Castle and Grounds will open again to visitors on the 1st April 2014.
Regular guided tours offer a fascinating walk through the Castle's majestic rooms, where you can admire the most amazing architecture, hear some remarkable stories and learn about the family history. Our experienced guides are able to adapt the tour according to their audience to ensure our visitors enjoy an informative yet entertaining tour.
Outside there is acres of space to discover and explore too. The Castle is set in the middle of a deerpark, which is home to around 600 fallow deer. Visitors can join a Deer Park Safari and get closer to the amazing wildlife. A short walk from the Castle you will discover the Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner, where you can meet our friendly Powderham pets and discover Courtenay Fort - our adventure play castle - always a hit with children. They will also love to make their own discoveries on our Nature Trails around the grounds and earn a fantastic Powderham medal for thier efforts. There is always a treasure trail for children to do and a prize to be won at the end of it - always a good incentive!