The Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner was originally the Victorian walled garden and is now home to the many friendly Powderham pets and our adventure play area. A donkey, pot-bellied pigs, goats, guinea pigs, chickens, sheep, and stick-insects, to name but a few, live here in a blissfully happy environment and enjoy the company of visitors, children and adults alike. The Walled Garden is also home to Timmy 2, and his companion, Eliza - both Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoises, who have spent most of their lives in Devon and have become quite the local celebrities, appearing on 'Blue Peter' in recent years.
The Garden is on a south-facing slope and has a glasshouse built by the architect Charles Fowler, which now provides a wet weather shelter for visitors and is used by the Estate to supply plants to the Plant Centre at Powderham Country Store, the delightful small shopping complex just within the Castle gates.
The Walled Garden is also home to the Courtenay Fort and a family picnic area.
The Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner are open from 11.00am; closing times will vary during the season, please check on arrival. The Walled Garden is accessible to visitors with wheelchairs and pushchairs, although there are some steep
Children inspired by their visit to the 600-year-old real Castle can let their imaginations run wild in Courtenay Fort, located within the Walled Garden, and play at being heroic knights and princesses - defending their prized Fort.
Designed and built by a Cornish company, the Fort spans 21m, with a central turret 4.2m high, a suspension bridge, nets, parallel bars, climbing wall, monkey bars, slide and many other exciting features, and is a perfect play area for the under-12's. Children must be supervised at all times.
The new zip wire we added in 2009 has brought immense pleasure to all our fun-loving visitors; both young and young at heart!
The Walled Garden & Courtenay Fort are open from 11.00am; closing times will vary during the season, please check on arrival.