This 600-year-old castle is full of fascinating history, but for kids it’s all about being outside, from interactive shows to a pets’ corner, woodland trails and a deer safari
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In a nutshell
A 600-year-old castle set in a historic deer park overlooking the river Exe in south Devon. There are hour-long tours of the lavish interior, highlighting glossy wood-pannelled rooms, secret doors and the Victorian kitchen but, for families, it’s all about the outdoor attractions. The walled garden has a wooden fort, mini zip line and petting farm with ponies, donkeys, pigs, all manner of fowl and tortoises plodding about. There are woodland trails and activity sheets for children to complete. The deer park safari is a pleasant trip but costs an extra £2.50.
A cannonball from the English civil war was found in a recently felled tree.