Powderham Castle has been our family home for over 600 years.
It was built by Sir Philip Courtenay in the 14th century and, despite many alterations and additions to adapt the Castle to changing times, Philip and his many descendants would undoubtedly still recognise it today.
It is an honour to live in these beautiful and historic surroundings, and it gives the us great pleasure to share it with many visitors each year.
There is so much to see, enjoy and appreciate that we cannot take full value from it ourselves. Nor, frankly, could we afford to maintain it without the help and support of our visitors. You are therefore doubly welcome.
Your visit makes a contribution to our shared heritage and we hope that, following your visit, you will leave with fond memories and affection for our home and its many treasured stories.
24th March to 1st November 2019, Sunday to Friday (closed Saturday) 10:00am - 17:00pm.
Please note, entrance to the Castle is by guided tour only.
From the South Leave the A38 at the 'Wobbly Wheel Junction' and merge onto the A379 (signposted Dawlish). At the Marsh Barton Roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A379 then at the Matford Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A379 and follow the Powderham Castle brown tourist signs. The Castle entrance is on the left-hand side as you are leaving the village of Kenton.
From the North Leave the M5 at junction 30 and proceed towards Exeter joining the A379. At the Matford Roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A379 signposted to Dawlish then follow the Powderham Castle brown tourist signs. The Castle entrance is on the left-hand side as you are leaving the village of Kenton. Please note if you have a SATNAV it may direct you around the back of Powderham. Make sure you stay on the A379.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
A visit to Devon isn’t complete without a visit to Powderham Castle, the family home of the Earl of Devon. A stone’s throw from Exeter, we are so easy to get to as well. Whether you are looking for a day trip or staying in Dawlish, Exmouth or Torquay we are accessible by coach, car, bus, rail and even a ferry!
We offer discounted rates for groups of 15 or more.
Powderham Castle is a magical location for your wedding – a stately home for your special day.
Seated alongside the Exe Estuary and nestled in 3500 rolling acres of the Powderham Estate, Powderham is the quintessence of romantic exclusivity. The Castle and its grounds offer a unique variety of locations for the ceremony and reception of your choice – from grand state rooms, to magical gardens and gladed woodland pavilions. Our experienced team will be on hand throughout the planning process and your special day.
The Castle is licensed for ceremonies and receptions and can accomodate up to 120 for a seated dinner. Larger receptions can take place at any of our marquee locations all of which have wonderful views over the estate. For those with a more whimsical taste, ceremonies as well as receptions can be hosted in the wonderful Woodland Gardens.
Charlie and AJ, The Earl and Countess of Devon would be delighted to open the doors of their family home to you and your guests.
Powderham Castle is an elegant family home. The Courtenay family have lived here for over 600 years and have a long history of hosting wonderful events and welcoming people to their magnificent home. Powderham is recognised as one of the Country's leading venues. It has many unique qualities, ensuring memorable occasions for all who choose to hold events here.
The Castle, built in 1392, is set amidst a beautiful Deer Park with breathtaking views across to the Exe Estuary. Its ancient woodland creates a peaceful setting where fallow deer graze and where grey herons and exotic egrets are a familiar sight around the lakes.
The majestic State Rooms were originally designed to impress and continue to do so to this day. The vast Music Room is light and airy; with a splendid domed ceiling creating wonderful acoustics. The State Dining Room has an exceptionally warm and welcoming atmosphere and unlike some stately homes the fireplace and minstrel's gallery are often used by guests. The splendid libraries are equally impressive, making it hard to choose which rooms to use.
Every event and occasion is unique and we tailor our service and facilities to meet your special requirements. By working together we guarantee your event will be a success and one to be proud of.