Tiverton Castle, Tiverton, Devon
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 and building periods from C14 to modern are visible.
Once home to the medieval Earls of Devon and of Princess Katherine Plantagenet (daughter of Edward IV), it was captured by Sir Thomas Fairfax during the Civil War 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.
Tour starts chronologically in the garden above the River Exe with Scheduled Ancient Monument ruins, moves into medieval and later part of the Castle, then into private house (Jacobean/Georgian/Victorian) ground floor.
Thank you for the lovely informative afternoon we spent at Tiverton Castle today. Your hospitality was second to none. This was our first Invitation to View visit and as we enjoyed it immensely we will certainly make plans to visit other houses in the area.
From J27 on M5 go 7 miles on A361 to large roundabout where the Castle is signposted. Follow signs at 3 roundabouts.
Castle on right at top of Park Hill. Drive in through Great Gateway (exciting approach). Visitor parking inside.
Devon cream tea and cakes and biscuits.
No dogs. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Access to ground floor of Castle, most of garden, ground floor of private house (2 shallow steps up porch).