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The wonderful Bickleigh Castle in Devon

Bickleigh Castle is sure to cast its magical spell on you, just as it did for owners Robbie and Sarah Hay when they first set eyes on it over 12 years ago.

Today with its romance, rich history and stunning setting it has become a unique Devon Wedding venue, where Bride and Groom, come together with family and friends, can make the Castle and surrounds their home for the duration of the wedding. Whether you want an outdoor or indoor wedding,  intimate occasion with canapés or large full-scale celebration with endless courses of fine dining, Bickleigh Castle provides the perfect setting for your wedding.

Our Team

Our committed team of wedding organisers will help you create the wedding of your dreams and will always be on hand from booking right up to and on the day.

The head chef, a master of culinary finesse, can advise you on a selection of menus and assist you with any ideas you may have for your wedding day feast. We have a fine selection of menus on our food and drinks page.

If you would like to discover more about the magic and splendour of Bickleigh Castle and be captivated by its spell too, please ring: 01884 855 363 or email info@bickleighcastle.com

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There is so much to do in the local area…

The City of Exeter – 9 miles
Home of Exeter Cathedral, The Exeter Chiefs, film location for Rosamunde Pilcher books, Michael Caines Abode Restaurant, fantastic shopping and close to beautiful coastlines, seaside towns and luscious forests known for great biking, walking and outdoor activities to suit all.

National Trust Killerton House & Gardens (NT)  – 8 miles
Glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland, fine 18th-century house with renowned historical fashion collection.

National Trust Knightshayes Court – 6 miles
With acres of glorious gardens and parkland, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman’s dream.

Powderham Castle – home of the Earl of Devon  – 15 miles
For locals and visitors to Devon it is a ‘must see’ and with its many attractions – a wonderful family day out!

Exmoor National Park – 10 miles
Containing amazingly varied scenery within its 267 square miles. A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce.

Dartmoor National Park – 15 miles
From rare birds and butterflies, Neolithic monuments and ancient woodland, to tradition, folklore and farming on horseback, Dartmoor has it all. Leading the way for the arts, all things organic, a haven for literary greats and explorers, you will be walking in some awesome footsteps.

Tiverton Castle – home of the Gordon family  – 4 miles
Originally built in 1106 by order of Henry I, and later rebuilt and much enlarged in the 13th and 14th centuries, it was once home of the powerful medieval Earls of Devon and of a Plantagenet Princess. With later additions and alterations down the centuries all periods of architecture from medieval to modern can be seen, with beautiful walled gardens within the romantic ruins.

Tiverton Museum – 4 miles
Bronze Winner for Small Visitor Attraction 2013/14 at the South West Tourism Awards!

Bickleigh Mill – 12 mins walk
Bickleigh Mill is a restaurant and shop which is home to a 18th century historic working water Mill and blends the traditions of a bygone age with contemporary living and offers out of town shopping and dining in the most idyllic of settings.

Grand Western Canal  – 4 miles
The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve meanders through beautiful mid-Devon countryside and quiet villages between Tiverton and Lowdwell.

The West Somerset Railway – 18 miles
First built in 1862, this is one of the longest steam-operated tracks (22.75-mile (36.6 km)) running between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead. The beautiful steam train passes the gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers, Dunster’s imposing Castle and Minehead’s seaside charm.

The wide sandy beaches of Saunton and Woolacombe – 40 miles
Saunton Sands is a beach on the North Devon coast near Braunton, popular as a longboard surfing location and was the beach used in the video for the Robbie Williams song “Angels”.

Woolacombe holds the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail On Sunday. This three-mile long stretch of golden sand has won both the blue flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for its cleanliness, water quality and facilities.

Shalden Shooting School at Bampton – 10 miles
Shalden Shooting School with Britain’s top shooting coach Rod Brammer.

Local riding facilities –  4 miles

7 interesting Facts about Bickleigh Castle

  • Bickleigh Castle is a stone’s throw from the bridge which, according to local legend, is where Simon and Garfunkel penned their classic hit ‘Bridge over troubled water’ in 1969 after enjoying the breathtaking views from Bickleigh Bridge.
  • National figure and local ‘Robin Hood’, Bampfylde Moore Carew, aka ‘King of the Beggars’, whose mischiefs were captured in books such as Vanity Fair amongst others, is buried in an unmarked grave at Bickleigh Church and recorded in the Parish Register of 1758.
  • There is a secret, completely sealed, room next to the Armoury – it is currently one of the Castle’s mysteries – what is inside? Lord Lucan? Gold? Secrets of the Crown? Perhaps we will find out one day.
  • The Chapel was originally a Saxon meeting house, first built in the 6th Century, and was the Parish Church until the 1400s, after which it was the Estate Chapel. During the 19th Century it was used as a cattle shed, before being restored in 1929. It was reconsecrated in 1933 by the Bishop of Exeter.
  • There is an original suit of armour made for and worn by King Charles I. It came to Bickleigh when Queen Henrietta Maria visited as a guest of Sir Henry Carew and is from her baggage train which stayed behind when she had to leave the country.
  • The main character in the BBC drama series, the White Queen, called Margaret  Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, had a great-aunt of the same name who resided at Bickleigh Castle in the 1400s.
  • Exclusive self-catering hire of the castle and estate for 2 nights, sleeping 40 if at capacity, will cost £7500 meaning it costs a mere £187.50 per head for a special celebration!
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