Berry Pomeroy Castle - English Heritage

An external view of 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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

1 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Christmas Eve
24 Dec 2014 Closed
Christmas Day
25 Dec 2014 Closed
Boxing Day
26 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year's Day
1 Jan 2015 Closed

Admission charges

Adult £5.00
Child (5 to 15 years) £3.00
Concession £4.50


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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 for more information.

Berry Pomeroy Castle - English Heritage



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Related teaching activities

Key stage 2 design & technology, 1-2 lessons

Knowledge and understanding of materials and components

Berry Pomeroy Castle has narrow spiral staircases. These were the most common type of staircase during the Middle Ages. What materials were commonly used to construct a spiral staircase and why were they a particularly popular structure in castles?

Key stage 2 geography, 1-2 lessons

Geographical enquiry and skills

A castle is a defensible fortification, and a palace is a grand royal or aristocratic residence. Using images and photographs make a list of the similarities and differences in the architectural style of the two buildings.

Key stage 3 English, 1-2 lessons

En3 Writing

In small groups design an online marketing campaign to encourage young people to visit Berry Pomeroy Castle.

Key stage 3 geography, 1 lesson

1.1 Place

The ruins of an Elizabethan mansion that was never completed can be seen at Berry Pomeroy Castle. What geographical questions would you ask if you visited the site?

Key stage 3 ICT, 1-2 lessons

2.2 Developing ideas

Create a map of the area around Berry Pomeroy Castle, using ICT software to show the castle in relation to the surrounding wooded valley.