Overview

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.


Opening
Opening

2020

Unfortunately the decision has been reluctantly made that Tiverton Castle and gardens will be unable to reopen in 2020 because of the limitaations on their capacity to provide a safe visitor experience for the public and staff. They are looking forward to reopening again in 2021.

Find Us
Find us

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
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free
Coaches can park in Great Gateway when tours booked on days Castle not open to public.

Taxi

Frankie's Taxis 01884 250044

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Adults: £8.00
Children 7-16: £3.00
Under 7: free
Garden only: £2.00

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

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:

01884 253200 

info@tivertoncastle.com

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Forthcoming Tours

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Tour Overview

The tour starts chronologically in the garden above the River Exe with the Scheduled Ancient Monument ruins, then moves into the medieval and later part of the Castle, and then into the private house (Jacobean/Georgian/Victorian) ground floor.

Tour duration

2.5 hours

Tour prices

£18.00 per person (with cream tea)

£23.00 per person (Queen's birthday tour, includes visit to St Peter's Church and Ploughman's lunch with optional wine)

Refreshments

Devon cream tea and cakes and biscuits.

Access Notes

Ground floor of Castle, most of garden, ground floor of private house (2 shallow steps up porch).

Restrictions

No dogs.

Weddings


Accommodation

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. 


Opening
Opening

2020

Unfortunately the decision has been reluctantly made that Tiverton Castle and gardens will be unable to reopen in 2020 because of the limitaations on their capacity to provide a safe visitor experience for the public and staff. They are looking forward to reopening again in 2021.

Find Us
Find us

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
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free
Coaches can park in Great Gateway when tours booked on days Castle not open to public.

Taxi

Frankie's Taxis 01884 250044

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Adults: £8.00
Children 7-16: £3.00
Under 7: free
Garden only: £2.00

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

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:

01884 253200 

info@tivertoncastle.com

Other opening


School Visits

We welcome visits from school groups. Tours of the Castle are tailored to the age and knowledge of the group.


Tiverton Castle's history and features

Few buildings evoke such an immediate feeling of history as Tiverton Castle, originally built as a motte and bailey castle in 1106 by Richard de Redvers on orders of Henry I. The de Redvers were the first Norman Earls of Devon. Henry III visited Tiverton in 1250 and would have stayed at the Castle with Amicia, Countess of Devon.  His second son, Edmund, married her granddaughter in 1269.

When the line died out in 1293 they were succeeded as Earls by the Courtenays, who rebuilt it in stone and enlarged the Castle.

In 1495 Princess Katherine Plantagenet, daughter of Edward IV, married William Courtenay who became Earl of Devon. She died in 1527 and was buried in St. Peter`s Church next door.  She called herself "sister, daughter and aunt of kings" but, tellingly, not "niece of" the King in the Car Park. Unfortunately for the Courtenays this royal marriage led to their eventual downfall in that turbulent age.  Katherine`s son, Henry, was implicated in a plot against Henry VIII and beheaded in 1539.  His son, Edward, aged 12 was imprisoned in the Tower of London and only released by Queen Mary in 1553.  He and Princess Elizabeth were linked romantically, suspected of being involved in a plot against Queen Mary,  again imprisoned, but soon released. He was banished abroad and died in Padua in 1556, and the Castle subsequently had various owners down the ages.

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