We will be re-opening for Christmas Visits - but until then the visitor attraction is closed.

For more information visit our What's On page. 

The ground floor of the Castle is accessible to wheelchair users and electric scooters. A wheelchair is available for loan, whilst in the Castle only. The tractor/trailer has a ramp and the Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner is accessible, although there are some steep slopes. The Courtenay cafe is also accessible. Disabled parking is available and there is an accessible toilet under the viaduct. 

We have a free car park, which is located down the main drive, over the bridge and on your left.

Disabled parking is also available in the courtyard.

Yes, please visit our Group page.

A reduced rate is offered to groups of 15 or more.

You can take as many photographs as you like outside, but photography is not allowed inside the Castle.

We have two unique guided tours available with our brilliant guides, but we also run daily Open House sessions for those who wish to wander the Castle at their own pace!


Our Upstairs tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, and our State Room tour lasts just over an hour. 

We have our Courtenay cafe, in the courtyard which is open from 11am until 4:30pm.

Alternatively you could picnic in the grounds.

Powderham Castle has been privately owned by the Courtenay family since 1391, so we are not a National Trust property. We do, however, offer several other discounts for English Heritage members, Historic Houses, Royal Oak and more. Please see our ticket and prices page to see our current promotions for 2020.

Christmas at the Castle

A normal castle admission ticket is not needed as we are closed for the season, however you will need to purchase a Christmas at the Castle entry ticket to attend the event. You can get these here if you haven't done so already.

Please note whilst the majority of the light trail is wheelchair accessible, there are some steps. If you need assistance please ask one of our stewards.

There will be lots to do between your visit with Father Christmas and the light walk. 

  • Visit our pop-up restaurant in the castle. We are taking bookings for Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner throughout December. Click here to book. 
  • Food, drink and stalls to browse!
  • Activities in the Christmas Barn and grounds. 
  • Visit the Powderham Farm shop or choose a Christmas tree at the Countrystores.

If you would prefer to visit the Christmas grotto, and return later for the lights you are more than welcome to do so.

Yes absolutely! You are more than welcome to come and go throughout the day. 

It is indeed. Apologies if this has happened to you, it was due to an error on our ticketing system. However please be assured that your ticket is valid and you may choose a date to attend the event on. 

All 'Christmas at the Castle' entry tickets are valid from 4pm - 9:30pm on weekdays and 12pm - 9:30pm on weekends. You may arrive at any time within this period and stay for as long as you'd like! 

Christmas Grotto tickets have a 30 minute window, in which you will be seen by Father Christmas.

Don't worry, we are speaking with Mrs Clause about more dates that Father Christmas will be able to leave the North Pole to come and meet you.

Sign up here to be the first to be notified when these tickets are announced.

Childrens tickets are for 4 to 16 year olds. Any children aged 3 or under are able to attend the event for free.

All children who wish to visit Father Christmas will need a ticket for the Christmas Grotto. 

If you need to swap your date, please email us at [email protected] and one of the team will be able to help you.

If you've ordered the wrong ticket, please email us at [email protected] and one of the team will be able to help you.

If we are unable to run the event due to Coronavirus guideline changes, you will get a full refund for your tickets. This will be done automatically. 

We will be closely monitoring the number of people who are on site at any one time to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance. We are working to a covid compliant capacity, which takes into account any tickets which were sold without a date. 

The event is outdoors, and in our Old Riding School which is an enormous barn with plenty of social distancing space and fresh air! 

Hand sanitiser will be available on arrival and around the event for your use. Masks will be required to be worn when inside the Christmas barn.

In the Grotto, Father Christmas will be safely distanced from you and your family and the area will be cleaned between families. 

The event will be fully risk assessed in consultation with Teignbridge District Council to ensure your safety. 

The Powderham Castle team will be on hand all day in case you have any worries or concerns. 

If you have a Covid-19 related concern which we haven't answered here please email us at [email protected] and one of the team will be able to help you.

This event is separate from our normal season opening so will not come under our annual pass. However your usual discounts on site will apply. 

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