Watermouth Castle, Devon

April 27, 2012

Watermouth Castle in North Devon is not your usual historic castle visit.

After entering you progress through some displays of old toys, and a very popular model railway, where kids can press buttons to make some of the trains move.

As you get further into the castle you end up visiting the dungeons (if you wish to skip these you can exit at that point).  There’s a few frights in store, and an interesting maze.

After the dungeon you come out into their selection of old slot machines.  You can get old two penny pieces to play.

Considering how we are all used to electronic wizardry these days, it is amazing at the ingenuity of some old clock work slot machines.

Garden and Kids Rides

Once outside there are extensive gardens and activities for the kids… though the rides here are strictly for the smaller children. (Note: children’s entrance prices are up to the age of 13).

Rides and things to do in the garden include:

  • A maze
  • A tilting house (really good fun)
  • Slide (a very big one)
  • A boat ride
  • Merry-go-rounds (air planes, tea cups, etc.)
  • A snail ride (yes, that’s right)
  • And lots of other things to find and play

If you didn’t bring a picnic you’ll find a few places to get something to eat at the castle or within the gardens.

Do also check out the Water Show.  This is quite impressive and, unusual these days, very patriotic (a nice tribute to 617 squadron if you can spot the plane).

Get Out With The Kids - ReviewedIt’s a place we spent a lot longer than expected at.  A good day out with the kids.

How to find Watermouth Castle

Watermouth Castle is on the A399 between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe.

Put EX34 9SL into your Sat Nav.

More details can be found on the Watermouth Castle web site, including opening times and prices.

If planning a visit, check their Special Offers before hand.

What’s in the area?

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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