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Visiting Berry Pomeroy Castle

Built during the 15th century by the Pomeroy family, Berry Pomeroy Castle is a ruined medieval castle with a large ruined Elizabethan house within its walls. It stands on a steep gorge in a wooded valley. Today, Berry Pomeroy Castle is a tourist attraction renowned in legends for being one of the most haunted castles in Britain.


There’s a small parking area about 50 meters (164 feet) from the entrance of Berry Pomeroy Castle. It accommodates 25 to 30 cars and minibuses. The car park is free for patrons of the Castle and café.

During peak times, the car parking area is insufficient. Hence, one can look for parking in Totnes, approximately two and a half miles from Berry Pomeroy Castle. However, there are no parking areas for coaches in the local car parks.




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Note: There may be additional charges for both members and non-members during events.



Berry Pomeroy is open daily (summer and spring) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, during winter and autumn, the Castle operates from Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location and Access

Berry Pomeroy Castle is in Totnes, Devon. The Castle is on the north-eastern part of Berry Pomeroy village, overlooking the deeply wooded valley of Gatcombe Brook.

Berry Pomeroy Castle is approximately a mile from Berry Pomeroy village. It’s accessible by road or rail. Therefore, you can drive, ride a bus or train, or cycle to the Castle.

Available bus services include the Country Bus 49, while the train station is at Totnes, 3.5 mi (5.6km) away. The road access to the Castle is 2.5 mi (km) East of Totnes, off the A385 road.

English Heritage guarantees access for different types of visitors. Hence, there are accessible toilets, handrails, and wheelchair access for older tourists and persons with disabilities. The management also allows assistance dogs for visitors with special needs.

Disabled bays are available at the Castle’s car park. Moreover, visually impaired visitors get braille guides to ease their tour.

Know Before You Go

  • Though early booking isn’t a requirement when visiting the Castle, it’s preferable as you enjoy discounted prices and guaranteed entry. You can book in advance on the English Heritage website up to 8.45 a.m. on the day of your visit.
  • Peak times are during bank holidays and between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • You must carry the booking confirmation when visiting Berry Pomeroy Castle.
  • English Heritage members must have their membership cards on the day of their visit to gain free entry.

Places To Stay Nearby

King William IV

Distance from Berry Pomeroy Castle: 0.3km (0.2 mi)

Located on 45 Fore Street, Totnes,King William IV is a 4-star inn offering exquisite services. The inn entails a restaurant, an outdoor tennis court, and recreational amenities. The facility is pet-friendly, observes enhanced cleanliness and safety protocols.


Steam Packet Inn

Distance from Berry Pomeroy Castle: 0.4km (0.3 mi)

Steam Packet Inn is a family-friendly accommodation facility in St Peter’s Quay, Totnes. The 4-star inn provides high-quality services to guests touring Totnes.

Attractive amenities include a bar, a restaurant, and six forms of accommodation. Available room types include a double room, a deluxe suite, a superior suite, a standard, and a deluxe double room. Guests also enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking, and breakfast.


Modern Totnes House

Distance from Berry Pomeroy Castle: 1.0km (0.6 mi)

If you’re looking for an ideal place to have a business meeting and then unwind, Modern Totnes House is the best choice. The facility is a vacation house in 47A Westonfields, Totnes. Attractive amenities include workspaces, outdoor areas, and free on-site parking.

Modern Totnes House is perfect for family getaways as it accommodates up to eight people. Guests also enjoy free WiFi, private bathrooms, a fully furnished kitchen, and entertainment.


History of Berry Pomeroy Castle 

Despite being in ruins today, Berry Pomeroy Castle has an intriguing history. The 15th-century castle initially belonged to the Pomeroy family, who later sold it to the Duke of Somerset. It later became a modest Elizabethan mansion but was abandoned after incomplete upgrades in the 17th century.

Time Line


Ralf de Pomaria (a Norman knight) receives the manor of Berry (‘Berri’) from William the Conqueror after engaging in an expedition between the Normans and West Country Rebels.

Ralf built an unfortified house on the site, and the Pomeroy family lived there for around 400 years.


Berry Pomeroy Castle first appears on record after the death of Sir Richard Pomeroy (its owner then). Sir Richard was a Yorkist supporter during the Wars of Roses in 1455. He had been the Sheriff of Devon in 1473 and the most probable builder of the Castle.

The Pomeroy family might have built the Castle as a fortress against the lawlessness in Devon then. Its fortification came in handy, especially during the Wars of Roses. King Henry VII had also elevated Sir Richard Pomeroy as a knight after the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.


The Pomeroy family experienced financial constraints and sold the Castle to Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset. Edward was the brother of Henry VII’s third wife, Queen Jane Seymour. The King also appointed him the “Lord Protector” of the King’s only male heir. Edward VI, Seymour’s nephew, was only nine years old then.

Due to the acquisition of power and other properties, Edward Seymour couldn’t visit or rebuild Berry Pomeroy Castle.


John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, ousted Edward Seymour from power. Edward faced execution later in 1522.

Before his death, Edward Seymour had disinherited his eldest son (from his first marriage) from his properties. However, he granted him the Berry Pomeroy Castle and passed the other lands to descendants from his second marriage.


Berry Pomeroy Castle’s new owner (Lord Seymour) made the Castle his principal residence. He brought down the medieval buildings on the grounds and constructed a modest four-storeyed Elizabethan mansion.


Upon Lord Seymour’s death, his son Edward inherited the Castle. Edward continued upgrading Berry Pomeroy Castle, aiming at making it one of the most lavish houses in England. He also served as the Sheriff of Devon and became a baronet in the late 16th century.

However, due to insufficient funds, Edward failed to construct the new North Wing or rebuild the existing Elizabethan buildings.


Edward Seymour II died without achieving his target, and his heir (Edward III) inherited the Castle. However, he also failed to complete the Castle upgrades. Edward III became the second baronet, the Governor of Dartmouth, and a Member of Parliament.

Despite the incomplete upgrading project, the Seymour family continued living in the Castle.

Edward III and Edward IV Seymour participated in the Civil War by supporting the Royalists. Fortunately, the Berry Pomeroy Castle didn’t face any attack. However, a survey revealed that it was in deplorable condition as it was poorly maintained.


The Berry Pomeroy Castle faced demolitions, probably by Edward Seymour V (Edward Seymour IV’s son). He removed the timber beams, stripped down the roof, destroyed the flagstone floors, and tore glass from the windows.


The Seymours regained the title of Duke of Somerset. However, they had already abandoned the Castle due to its ruinous state and settled at Maiden Bradley in Wiltshire.

The Castle became a tourist attraction in the 19th century when artists considered it a romantic ruin. Archaeological excavations occurred on the grounds in the late 20th century to determine Berry Pomeroy’s history.

The Berry Pomeroy Castle is now the care and management of English Heritage.

Berry Pomeroy Castle Occupants

Though the Berry Pomeroy Castle was not originally a royal property, one of its owners rose to power and became the ruler of England.

Here’s a list of notable occupants of the Berry Pomeroy Castle:

  • Ralf de Pomaria, a Norman Knight who obtained the Manor of Berry from William the Conqueror
  • Sir Richard Pomeroy, the Sheriff of Devon (1473) and a Knight
  • Edward Seymour, first Duke of Somerset (later ‘Lord Protector of England’)
  • Lord Edward Seymour, High Sheriff of Devon
  • Sir Edward Seymour, first Baronet
  • Sir Edward Seymour, the second Baronet, Governor of Dartmouth, and a Member of Parliament

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Berry Pomeroy Castle Facts

The Berry Pomeroy Castle is now a Grade I listed building and a scheduled monument under the administration of English Heritage. It has appeared in legends as one of the most haunted Castles in Britain. Moreover, it has featured in fiction, such as “The Castle of Berry Pomeroy” and “The Castle on the Hill.”

Berry Pomeroy Castle’s history dates back to the 11th century as the manor of Berri had been on the land it sits on. However, the now-ruined Castle faced incomplete upgrading and abandonment in the 18th century.

Now a tourist attraction, the Berry Pomeroy Castle intrigues visitors who also enjoy exploring the dense woodland of Gatcombe Brook.

Here are some exciting features that you wouldn’t miss on your visit:

  • Beautiful grounds and a magnificent view of the woodland
  • An audio tour
  • Stories of ghostly happenings
  • The ruined mansion
  • Twin towers of the 15th-century gatehouse
  • Remains of St Margaret’s Tower
  • Rampart terrace
  • The Visitor Centre and a café
  • A tall wall fragment at the north corner of the parlour
  • A 15th-century wall painting of the Adoration of the Magi

Berry Pomeroy Castle Q&A

Are Pets Allowed at the Castle?

Pets are allowed at the Castle, so you can bring your dogs while visiting. English Heritage also allows assistance dogs for elderly visitors or those with special needs. However, the dogs must be on leads.

Can I Bring a Picnic?

You can bring a picnic. The Berry Pomeroy Castle has beautiful grounds where you can have your picnic. However, there’s also a café on-site where visitors can buy hot meals, light snacks, lunch, and drinks. There are also no benches for picnics at the Castle.

Are There Tour Guides at the Berry Pomeroy Castle?

There are no tour guides at the Castle. However, visitors have access to an audio tour and guide books.

Is the Berry Pomeroy Castle Baby-Friendly?

Berry Pomeroy Castle is both family and baby-friendly. There are baby changing facilities on-site. The vast grassy areas also provide ample space for children to play and run. Hence, the Castle is perfect for family getaways, but mostly on sunny days.

Location of Berry Pomeroy Castle

The Berry Pomeroy Castle lies on the north-eastern side of Berry Pomeroy Village in South Devon, England. The village is also a civil parish in the eastern part of the town of Totnes. It also lies between Totnes and the village of Marldon.

Berry Pomeroy is a historic village, and it’s within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Berry Pomeroy Castle is the village’s most popular tourist attraction.

The Castle’s mailing address is Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6LJ.

Other Places To Visit Near Berry Pomeroy Castle

Apart from Berry Pomeroy Castle, there are numerous attractions in the village of Berry Pomeroy and Totnes.

Some of the best and memorable tourist attractions around Berry Pomeroy include:

Totnes Mystery Treasure Trail

Do you love history and would love to unravel the mysteries of the ancient town of Totnes? Totnes Mystery Treasure Trail offers explorers the chance to discover facts, monuments, statues, and stories about Totnes.

The trail starts from the town and passes near Totnes Castle, the park, and River Dart. Since the tour is self-guided, visitors should download a detailed guide before embarking on the 2-hour adventure. The booklet serves four to five people.

You can have a picnic or relax with friends or family after finishing the tour. The admission price is £9.99 per trail.

Totnes Castle

If exploring ancient buildings intrigues you, Totnes Castle should be on your bucket list. The motte and bailey castle, with its keep, offers a splendid view of the town and River Dart. You’ll also be intrigued by its magnificent towers and grand structure.

If you plan to have a picnic, the well-maintained grounds offer a peaceful and beautiful picnic site. You might also consider buying antiques or souvenirs from the on-site shop. Lastly, the graffiti left on trees by soldiers during World War II is an intriguing feature at Totnes Castle.

Admission charges to the Castle are as follows:

  • Adults: £4.00
  • Children (five to fifteen years): £2.00
  • Concessions: £3.60

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

Located in May Hems Cottage, Littlehempston, Totnes, the farm is a family-owned attraction. Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is home to rare and varied breeds of poultry, sheep, and goats.

If you love animals, you’ll be overwhelmed by the joy of feeding, hugging, and cuddling guinea pigs and other animals. The farm also offers educational talks and nursing to sickly wild animals, including hedgehogs and squirrels.

Admission charges are as follows:

  • Adults: £7.50
  • Children (above two years): £6.00
  • Seniors: £7.00
  • Family: £24.00

Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey, a historic building and art gallery, lies on The Kings Drive in Torquay, Devon. It’s a medieval monastery with 122 rooms, over 20 different levels, and 265 steps.

In addition, Torre Abbey has a magnificent garden that hosts art exhibitions by contemporary artists. It’s also a fascinating place for kids to wander and explore. The garden also has exotic plants, backpacks, and captivating trails to follow.

You’ll also enjoy visiting the Walled Garden, the Pet’s Graveyard, the Palm House, and Children’s Medieval Garden. Entry prices to Torre Abbey are as follows:

  • Children (below 18 years): Free
  • Adults: £7.85
  • Concessions: £6.45

Torquay Harbour

Lying on the North shore of Tor Bay, Torquay Harbour is a yacht haven. The harbour has over a thousand berths and is the ideal place to explore the English Riviera. It’s beneficial to marine leisure and promotes economic activities because it is at the edge of the town.

Torquay Harbour has two piers; the Princess and the Haldon. Princess Pier offers a splendid spot for anglers on the seaward side.

The Millennium pedestrian bridge is a sight to behold. Its style resembles a ship’s sails and provides a fascinating backdrop of the sea when it lights up at night.