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Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

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Address: Bicton Park | Budleigh Salterton, Exeter EX9 7BJ, England
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+44 1395 568465

Over 64 acres to explore "A delight for gardeners"

Spanning nearly...

Over 64 acres to explore "A delight for gardeners"

Spanning nearly 300years of gardening history, the park is home to many rare and beautiful species, collected from around the world. The Palm House is made from over 18,000 panes of glass (built 20yrs before The Kew Gardens Palm House) hosting many Palms. Tropical House, Arid House, Temperate house. Enjoy your coffee / lunch overlooking the Italian Garden. Explore the arboretum and while away time in the bird hide Ride the Bicton Woodland railway for an oversight of the park (suitable for wheelchairs) The countryside museum containing a huge collection of bygone days.... And for the children indoor and outdoor play areas, crazy golf, Astro turf football pitch, ride the pedal tractors all to add to the fun (Please note play areas are only open to children between the ages of o to 12 yrs)

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Lovely day out

Beautiful gardens and plenty to do for all the family. Fairly small, but clean play barn, lots of outdoor play equipment and space to run around. The train is a lovely ride... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great day out for the entire family! Lovely walks, especially around the lake with great views in and amongst a historical botanical garden. Lots of fun for little ones too including the railway as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. I would highly recommend a day out to Bicton Park.

Thank Paul G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This park caters for all ages with it's stunning train ride alongside the museum parts as well as the botanics which are featured. The house is available for wedding receptions and wakes to my knowledge. Please do visit if you get the chance, no regrets at my end!!

Thank Patrick T
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was a little worried at first that my teenage children wouldn't enjoy this place as much as I would but I was delighted to discover I was wrong. There's so much to see and do. The museum was very interesting, a little of everything. The outdoor play area was a big hit with the kids and the nearby picnic... More 

Thank Sarah R
Mersea Island, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens were lovely. Then visited their restaurant for some food. The tables and chairs were the cheap plastic garden type which didn't fit in with the style/age of the building. They weren't very clean either. Need to clean the cobwebs off the tops of the lovely sash windows. Some of the food was overpriced. A little disappointing.

Thank 108jot
Exeter, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens and plenty to do for all the family. Fairly small, but clean play barn, lots of outdoor play equipment and space to run around. The train is a lovely ride too - I've lost count of how many times we've been, but my kids still want to go on the train! It's a decent 20 minute ride, but... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We live local to Bicton park and we frequently visit. With two young children the play barn and soft play area is fantastic and entertaining, the only downside is leaving your pushchair unsecure outside. On a sunny day we enjoy walking around the gardens where there is lots to do and see. We are members and will be renewing this... More 

Thank stonerv5
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with family and loved the time together. You can do a wonderful walk in the gardens, and they are well planned seasonally. The nice part is a great cup of tea, and then a relaxed seat on the patio. Lovely sea views when heading to the gardens by car.

Thank Fish_Swim_Play
West Midlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a Saturday in January with our young grand-daughter. Well sign posted from Exmouth and the M5, large parking area, bought a family all-year ticket for approx £30, huge grounds to walk around, all v well kept with lots of grassed areas, flower beds all beautifully tended, wooded areas, well sign posted with lots of information boards. For children... More 

Thank j w
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I buy a season ticket every year, always take the grandchildren, a large indoor play area, plus a large outdoor play area, lovely little train that runs around the gardens. A reasonable priced café. Wonderful gardens and some amazing trees.

Thank Lainey J
Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We have visited the Bicton gardens before and had a fabulous time as it was sunny however on this occasion it was cloudy so we had a lovely meal and also enjoyed a fabulous interesting woodland railway train ride for 25 minutes. As it was almost autumn we took some amazing photographs. Will definitely visit again when passing. Easy parking... More 

Thank Miriam M

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