"We visited Powderham Castle today with our 7 month & 5 year old and we had a fantastic family day! Our 5 year old was desperate to go inside the castle for the guided tour and to be honest we were a little concerned that he would get fed up as the tour was an hour long but how wrong could we be! Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic with both our sons and made the tour very interactive and informative! The walled garden and pets corner was fantastic with play fort, zip wire and animals roaming! Our 5 year old particularly loved the potting shed where we planted a seed to bring home! We only live locally but will definitely be back! Thanks for a lovely day but special thanks to our lovely tour guide for making it a day to remember"
The Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner
The Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner was originally the Victorian walled garden and is now home to the many friendly Powderham pets and our adventure play area. A donkey, pot-bellied pigs, goats, guinea pigs, chickens, sheep, and stick-insects, to name but a few, live here in a blissfully happy environment and enjoy the company of visitors, children and adults alike. The Walled Garden is also home to Timmy 2, and his companion, Eliza - both Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoises, who have spent most of their lives in Devon and have become quite the local celebrities, appearing on 'Blue Peter' in recent years.
The Garden is on a south-facing slope and has a glasshouse built by the architect Charles Fowler, which now provides a wet weather shelter for visitors and is used by the Estate to supply plants to the Plant Centre at Powderham Country Store, the delightful small shopping complex just within the Castle gates.
The Walled Garden is also home to the Courtenay Fort and a family picnic area.
The Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner are open from 11.00am; closing times will vary during the season, please check on arrival. The Walled Garden is accessible to visitors with wheelchairs and pushchairs, although there are some steep slopes.
A Visit to Powderham Castle is a good excuse for children to dress up! Theres always a trail to follow or a quest to solve. During the Devon school holidays we hold out popular "themed days" to make your visit a little but more magical. Aimed at 5 -11 year olds, but enjoyed by everyone, sessions take place at set times each days.
Mad Science - Sunday 2 - Thursday 13 April
Pirates & Mermaids - Sunday 28 May -Friday 2 June
Story Walks (Clive Pig) - Sunday 23 - Friday 28 July
Knights & Dragons - Sunday 30 July - Friday 4 August
Faeire Folk - Sunday 6 - Friday 11 August
Robin Hood - Sunday 13 -Friday 18 August
Pirates & Mermaids - Sunday 20 - Saturday 26 August
Wonderland - Sunday 27 August - Friday 1 September
Simply pick up your session ticket on arrival. Included in the Child Admission price or £3/child if admission was complimentary or discounted. Running of outdoor themed days may be weather dependent and Powderham reserve the right to make changes, substitutions and cancellations to the published schedule at any time. Tickets are issued on the day only and spaces are limited.
bird of prey
From 23 July to 1 September you will have the chance to get close to these majestic birds and even hold one! Meet our expert falconers from Devon Bird of Prey and their birds at the Static display from 1pm, followed by flying demonstration on the beautiful North Lawn of the castle at 3:30pm. Not to be missed!
The Potting Shed – Children will love to have a go at planting something to take home in this cosy little shed inside the Walled Garden. Parental supervision & help required. Open until 4.00pm.
deer park safari
This is a wonderful opportunity to take a tractor trailer ride into the deer park to admire the Castle's surrounding natural rugged beauty from the banks of the Exe estuary. The deer park is home to around 600 fallow deer as well as other wildlife. You will learn about their habitat and the history of the Castle through a running commentary and see an exceptional view of the Castle from what was originally the front entrance.
The trip takes about 35 minutes, running at a leisurely pace to allow visitors to take some unique photos and relax in what has to be one of the most stunning settings in Devon. A real treat!
The pick up point is opposite the Welcome Hut, by the lake and the trailer can hold a maximum of 45 people seated.
The Deer Park Safari is available Wednesdays and Thursdays all season and daily during the Devon school holidays. Also available for Groups to pre-book all season. It is subject to the weather & ground conditions. A small extra charge applies. Tickets can be purchased from the Welcome Hut.
Family (2+2): £8.50
The tractor/trailer is accessible to visitors with wheelchairs and pushchairs.
We have two trails for youngsters to follow around the grounds. The Orange Trail runs along the path up to the Walled Garden Play Area & Pets Corner and the Yellow Trail takes you from the Walled Garden up to the Woodland Garden.
The Nature Trail is a great way to explore the grounds and make your own discoveries. Afterwards you can pop in to our Nature Nook (in the brewhouse) to read, draw or simply let us know about something you have seen on the trails. Throughout the season there will be a Nature Craft activity for you to do in here too. Please note this is an unsupervised area so all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Once you have completed two trails you can pop along to the Courtyard Gift Shop and claim your very own fabulous Powderham memento.