Tiverton Castle

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Few buildings evoke such a feeling of history as venerable Tiverton Castle.

Originally built in 1106 by order of Henry I, and later rebuilt and much enlarged in the 13th and 14th centuries, it was once home of the powerful medieval Earls of Devon and of a Plantagenet Princess. With later additions and alterations down the centuries all periods of architecture from medieval to modern can be seen, with beautiful walled gardens within the romantic ruins.

Besieged during the English Civil War by General Sir Thomas Fairfax, it fell due to a lucky shot hitting a drawbridge chain. This was the only time in its long history that it saw battle.

Part Scheduled Ancient Monument and part Grade I Listed, the Castle is the private home of Angus and Alison Gordon, who are happy to share it with others in the following ways:


  • Try on some English Civil War Armour and imagine what it was like to wear such heavy and cumbersome kit
  • Admire the different ages of architecture
  • Learn the history of the Castle as you go round, and see the various displays relating to it.
  • See the medieval garderobes (loos) originally cleaned out by children
  • Read the various ghost stories and about secret passages
  • Feel the weight of a cannon ball ‑ far heavier than you think.
  • See some interesting furniture and royal pictures.
  • Find out why there is a small Napoleonic collection in Tiverton.
  • Small family display commemorating the First World War.
  • Exhibition of gold and silver mining in Devon.

Spend some time going round the beautiful walled gardens - interesting and rare plants, colourful borders, well-stocked kitchen garden, orchard and woodland garden.

You are allowed to sit on the chairs as you go round ‑ this is a private house, not National Trust property, and it will not be overcrowded.

There is also a tiny shop selling inexpensive, good quality souvenirs mainly relating to the Castle. 

MAKE A CASTLE YOUR HOME. What could be more romantic than spending a few nights in a historic castle in unspoilt Mid Devon?  Three large, self-catering and self-contained apartments sleeping 2 and 4 are found in the main Castle building, and two beautiful cottages within the grounds sleeping 4 and 6.  All are very comfortable and well equipped including WiFi.


  • Disabled WC
  • Gift Shop
  • WC
  • Wifi Connection

Opening Times

  Open Last Admission Closed
Sundays 2.30pm 5.00pm 5.30pm
Thursdays 2.30pm 5.00pm 5.30pm,
Bank Holiday Mondays 2.30pm 5.00pm 5.30pm,

Easter Sunday to 31st Oct

Open Bank Holiday Mondays


Adult £8.00
Children 7-16 £3.00
Under 7 FREE
Garden Only £2.00
Disabled unable to climb stairs HALF PRICE

Tours are free range, but on most Sundays there is an optional excellent guided tour starting at about 2.45pm. at no extra charge.

Contact Details

Park Hill
EX16 6RP

Telephone: 01884 253 200
Email: info@tivertoncastle.com
Web: http://www.tivertoncastle.com/

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