Berry Pomeroy Castle (English Heritage)
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Tucked away in a steep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin. Within the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle, still displaying a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Begun in c. 1560 and ambitiously enlarged from c. 1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End. Never completed, and abandoned by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling ghost stories, recounted in the audio tour.Woodland walks from the car park (including steep tracks) provide fine views of the ruins from below.
Museum, Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site
1-31 Oct daily 10am-4pm, 1 Nov - 31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am - 4pm, Closed 24 - 26 Dec & 1 Jan
- English Heritage
The 1547 House Discovery Visit
Welcome to the year 1547: King Henry VIII has just died, leaving his 9-year-old son as heir. Edward Seymour, the boy's uncle and owner of Berry Pomeroy Castle, is about to become the Protector of the Realm, one of the most powerful men in England. Join his household as they prepare for this enormous change. Meet characters from the past and learn about life in a Tudor great house.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 2, History, Drama
How to obtain
Call 0117 975 0720 to arrange a 1½ hour session, held from April 27–May 1 2009. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19475 for more information.