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).
How to find Watermouth Castle
Watermouth Castle is on the A399 between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe.
Put EX34 9SL into your Sat Nav.
If planning a visit, check their Special Offers before hand.
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