Castle Tours & Open House

Guided Tours At Powderham Castle

Join one of our guided tours to hear the history of the Castle and the Courtenays.

On our Castle tours you will see the many majestic rooms and hear fascinating stories about the Courtenay family as told by our knowledgeable and engaging guides. All of our guides adapt each tour to suit their audience, so it is an entertaining experience for all!

The State Room Tour guides guests through the grandest rooms of the Castle – the public face of Powderham.  Visitors explore chronologically Powderham’s illustrious architectural history, from its medieval foundation, through Civil War sieges, Georgian, Rococo and Regency expansion, to its dramatic neo-Gothic culmination.  All of this via secret doors, long libraries and even a hidden ballroom.

The Upstairs Tour offers a different view – Powderham as a private home of the Courtenay family and their staff for over 600 years.  Charlie and AJ invite visitors into never-before-seen family bedrooms, and offer a host of intimate and personal insights, spooky stories, and winding staircases used for generations.

 For old and new visitors alike, this is the perfect time to come and explore the Home of Devon.

Tours have limited availability and are bookable through the Welcome Centre on arrival. Please note tours are first come first served. 

All tours are limited to around 20 participants. 


Please note, there will be no guided tours of the Castle on the 23rd and 24th of May.


Open House

Explore the Castle at your own pace in our daily Open House sessions.

For those who love to explore, discover our Open House sessions, allowing you to visit the State Rooms and find out the hidden secrets of the Castle at your leisure.

Our knowledgeable team of guides and stewards will be situated throughout the Castle to answer any questions you might have. 

Please note: The upstairs rooms are available via guided tour at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm  Sunday - Friday. Free flow access is available on Wednesday and Sundays.

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Special Rates

We offer special rates for groups of 15 or more.

Please visit our Groups page for more information.

More Information

Occasionally, for maintenance to be carried out or for a private function some rooms are closed off to the public so the tour is adapted. Please call ahead of your visit and we can let you know if there is anything scheduled.

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