Exeter has it all – the foodie scene, spectacular attractions, unique accommodation and endless opportunities to get outdoors… people may not know that our city also has a selection of gorgeous gardens perfect for relaxing, picnics and gentle strolls! We’ve put together a list of gardens in the area that you must put on your list when you next visit...
In Kenton, just outside of Exeter, you’ll find the magnificent Powderham Castle! Apart from providing castle tours, fantastic family activities and hosting popular music events – this attraction has very impressive grounds. Enjoy delightful picnics and strolls within Powderham’s stunning gardens, find the the exotic trees and flowers, amazing views along the exe estuary and spot the grazing deer!
Explore Ludwell Valley Park, the 200-acre country park filled with nature including butterflies, wildflowers and birds! Follow the one and a half mile self-guided trail around the park for glorious views and picture-perfect picnic spots…
Explore the stunning gardens and 6,400 acres of working farmland, woods, cottages and orchards that surround Killerton House. Discover many hidden on your peaceful stroll including a watermill and a charming 1950’s post office! This attraction became a part of the National Trust in 1944; running regular events for families today.
One of Exeter’s unique gardens just on the outskirts of the city; Devon Sculpture Park is a must-visit if you’re interested in art displays! Pre-book a day visit to this outdoor exhibition, you can even book a tour of the gardens to learn a little bit more from the experts!
In Exeter’s city centre you’ll find the neighbouring Rougemont and Northernhay Gardens. Originally built as part of Exeter Castle’s defences, parts of the historic Roman wall can be found within these glorious gardens! Whether you want a picnic or just a stroll through whilst you’re in the centre of Exeter, these gardens aren’t to be missed.
This hidden gem is located in St Thomas, standing on the site of William Lucombe's nursery founded in 1720. Pinces Garden is definitely a site for sore eyes – it may be the home to Pinces Gardens Bowling Club and the Pinces Gardens Croquet Club but it’s open for the public to enjoy!
Take a stroll through Exeter University’s beautiful grounds on a sunny day, which is also open to the general public, trust us you won’t be disappointed! Download your own map and take a self-guided tour of the wonderful sculptures designed by artists including Dame Barbara Hepworth, Paul Mount and Peter Randall-Page. Once you’ve spotted all the sculptures, take a moment to enjoy your beautiful, nature-filled surroundings!
Not only is The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth an excellent place to meet a new furry friend, see how they’re looked after, enjoy a tasty dish at their excellent on-site restaurant and make a generous donation – this attraction is also known for its fantastic grounds! Scenic coastal paths wind through the award-winning gardens, giving visitors magnificent views over the coastal town...