Okehampton Castle - English Heritage

Okehampton Castle - English Heritage
Castle Lodge
EX20 1JA




01837 52844

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An exterior view of Okehampton Castle

The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in an outstandingly picturesque 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. Riverside picnic area and woodland walks nearby.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

1 Apr-30 Jun 10am-5pm daily / 1 Jul-31 Aug 10am-6pm daily / 1-30 Sep 10am-5pm daily / Closed 1 Oct-31 Mar

Admission charges



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Living in a Medieval Castle Discovery Visit

Join this interactive tour to discover what life was like in a medieval castle. Through artefact investigation and role play use your detective skills to find out who lived and worked in the castle.
Duration: 1 hour
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, History, Drama, Literacy

How to obtain

Call 0117 975 0720 to arrange a 1 hour session, held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during term time. 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.19480 for more information.