Few buildings evoke such an immediate feeling of history at Tiverton Castle.
Originally built as motte & bailey castle in 1106, later rebuilt & altered down the ages. Tiverton was once the home of the medieval Earls of Devon & Princess Katherine Plantagenet. The Castle was captured by Fairfax in 1645 due to a lucky shot hitting the drawbridge chain.
Today Tiverton is a peaceful private house, with a fine collection of Civil War arms & armour, some of which can even be tried on. See the medieval loos, once cleaned out by children, interesting furniture and pictures and a beautiful garden.
Tiverton is open to the public from Easter Sunday to the end of October as well as for private tours. We also offer comfortable holiday accommodation comprising apartments and cottages.
21 April to 27 October: Sundays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
2.30pm to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm).
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10 minutes from J27 on M5 on A361. 12 miles north of Exeter
Tiverton Parkway Station 7 miles away by J27 on M5. Frequent buses to Exeter, Minehead, Barnstaple, Taunton. Bus station in Tiverton 10 minutes away.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Frankie's Taxis 01884 250044
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Children 7-16: £3.00
Under 7: free
Garden only: £2.00
- Access statement available
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
We welcome pre‑booked group visits between 12 and 30 people at any time of year but they must be outside normal opening hours during open season, preferably on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
In the months when the Castle is not open to the public we can be more flexible about days. Each tour is tailored to the interest of the group. Allow plenty of time for your visit to savour the history and atmosphere of this remarkable building.
There are two types of tour - one of just the medieval Castle, and the other an extended tour, which includes seeing the owners' private house within the courtyard.
Find out more here and contact Alison Gordon to book:
Come and hear the fascinating history of 900 years at Tiverton Castle and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Originally built in 1106, the castle was altered down the ages, once home of the medieval Earls of Devon and of Princess Katherine Plantagenet.
During the Civil War it was captured by Fairfax when a lucky shot hit the drawbridge chain. There is a fine collection of English Civil War arms and armour, some pieces of which can be tried on, which is popular with visitors of all ages. The furnishings and exhibits reflect the colourful history and development. With continuing conservation there is always something new and interesting to see.
What could be more romantic than spending a few nights in a historic castle in unspoilt Mid Devon? Three large, self-catering and self-contained apartments sleeping 2/4 are found in the main Castle building, and are very comfortable and well equipped.
All are approached through a turret door and the first and second floor properties via a magnificent 17th-century well staircase.
There is full gas central heating and electricity as well as WiFi. Beautiful garden and garden furniture, barbecue, campfire, croquet. Free tours of the Castle. Free seasonal fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden.
These are all self-catering properties only. Available for a minimum stay of three nights.
We welcome visits from school groups. Tours of the Castle are tailored to the age and knowledge of the group.