We decided to squeeze just one more castle in on our way back home from Brixham Heritage Museum and our secret challenge. The boy chose Berry Pomeroy castle an English Heritage property, which is tucked away in a wooded valley a short drive from Brixham itself.
It certainly was tucked away and we enjoyed the narrow roads leading up to the well hidden ruin. The boy was very excited as this English Heritage property has the audio tapes that he has been enjoying. The castle is mostly ruined with just the main entrance still standing. It is a 15th century castle which was intended to rival other large houses like Longlete, and was one of the most impressive in Devon when it was inhabited. Now it is rumoured to be one of the most haunted castles in England!
As a family we have enjoyed the audio tapes as they certainly bring the property’s alive. This one is no exception, with spoken commentary and different character voices, taking you back in time with sounds of the house and also period music. You should note that there is not a children s version of the audio tape at this property and some parts are a little spooky even for a very brave 7-year-old and his mum!
We also found that some parts of the audio tour were a little difficult to follow, as it went from one end of the building to the other at one point, and this made the boy a little frustrated as you will see from his video review.
There are a few notable parts of the castle and house and for me the most impressive of these are the wall paintings dating back to the first family the Pomerys. It seems a shame that the house was never completed and abandoned in the 1700’s I certainly think that it would have been a pretty impressive building in its day. I think we all enjoyed this castle, and would recommend it as a lovely place to visit.
we give this English Heritage site a 4/5
We can also recommend the small friendly café. We stopped for lunch there before our long journey home and although from the outside it looked nothing more than a shed it was certainly anything but! with great homemade lunches and amazing looking cakes, and a great view of the house it was an ideal spot.
For prices and opening times have a look at the English Heritage site where you can also find other sites of interest like Dartmouth Castle
Disclaimer we have been asked by Netmums to visit English Heritage sites over the summer as well as access to the sites we have been compensated for our travel costs. The opinions remain ours and have not been altered