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Okehampton Castle

Castle Lane, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 1JA, England
+44 1837 52844
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Interesting ruined castle

The castle is managed by English Heritage. It is at the end of a narrow road leading from... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Pete F
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Hidden gem...

After driving through a gloriously beautiful village, eventually one comes to Okehampton... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Torquay, United Kingdom
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The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin.
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Castle Lane, Dartmoor National Park, Okehampton EX20 1JA, England
+44 1837 52844
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

The castle is managed by English Heritage. It is at the end of a narrow road leading from Oakhampton and free parking is available about 100 metres from the entrance. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The castle is in ruins and sits on...More

Thank Pete F
Reviewed 7 November 2017

After driving through a gloriously beautiful village, eventually one comes to Okehampton Castle. This beautiful relic on top of the hill is a must-do if you are in the area!

Thank LuxuriousNomad_com
Reviewed 2 November 2017

The place is imposing! The castle is up there and the audio tour lets you know in depth some things you wouldn't have imagined about life in a medieval castle. The manager is very nice and he knows a lot about English history, which makes...More

Thank martinharveyjr
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

The site manager was excellent, friendly & definitely knowledgeable about both this site & others in the area. We went to several other sites on his recommendation. The castle itself is a ruin but enough still stands to let you imagine what used to be...More

Thank Angela T
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Me and my other half stumbled on the castle while visiting Devon. There was a lovely lady at the entrance greeting visitors, and an audio guide available (although we didn't use this). The castle itself is built up a fairly steep hill, although there are...More

Thank Rachel H
Reviewed 9 October 2017

This is a lovely castle, once the largest in Devon. It has an impressive situation, and the site is dominated by the remains of the keep on top of the motte. It is quite a climb, but well worth the effort. There is a guidebook...More

Thank spacetraveller1001
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The remains of this 11th century castle stand about a mile from Okehampton town centre are well worth the walk and the climb to the top. Most of the rooms, of which parts of the walls remain have information boards and there is also an...More

Thank gr0bs0n1
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We started our visit with the forest walk, a beautiful short trail along the river with sites of the castle. Back over at the welcome gate we received a free audio guide which made things more interesting. It did a good job of making the...More

1  Thank Robyn D
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Love the castle well worth a visit beautiful scenery very friendly staff good acess and parking available

Thank chrissyap
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Picturesque ruins. Well worth a visit. Some steep steps up to the keep but you are rewarded with a good view and a photo vantage point. A nice feeling about the place....I thought so anyway !Sign posting from the car park could be better.

Thank David C
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Trish V
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Response from lorraineforem45 | Reviewed this property |
I would say about 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on if you have children with you or not to fit......... but a wonderful Town/Village and fine places to eat and meander around .