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“Excellent day out”

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Ranked #8 of 125 things to do in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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)
Reviewed 22 September 2017

We came across this by accident it's not that well sign posted travelling from
Sidmouth . The road is narrow in places and yiu must take care in driving through the lanes !
The admission charges are clearly listed and they offer discounts for children , families and senior citizens . They offer yearly discount passes too
Very impressed by free buggies for children and wheelchairs for elderly . Elderly may find walking around little difficult as it's very steep in places . Use the train and you'll see the grounds from a seat . Staff very helpful . Recommend the cafe too reasonable prices
Grounds are superb . Loads for families play areas etc etc. Nice shop too and nit overpriced .

Thank avisanddavid
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"train ride"
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"shell house"
in 24 reviews
"italian garden"
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"country life"
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"farming equipment"
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"narrow gauge railway"
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"morwellham quay"
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"small train"
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"steam train"
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"farm machinery"
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"indoor and outdoor play areas"
in 23 reviews
"annual membership"
in 25 reviews
"all ages"
in 52 reviews
"small extra charge"
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"specimen trees"
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"feeding the ducks"
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"dogs are allowed"
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Spent most of a day here, it was on the tick list during a weeks holiday in the area.. Had elevenses and lunch in the café, thought it was a little bit expensive. Loved the train ride (extra, modest fee), but were surprised that it only went three times a day, you get really good views from it and the supplied printed description made up for the lack of any commentary. There are some fantastic specimen trees, and this was certainly very impressive. Interesting estate church. Loved the museum, lots of local farm machinery. Not much to buy in the garden centre at this time of year, and the shop was the usual tourist stuff. On the whole though, well worth a visit.

1  Thank Wheresmebus
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We were staying at the nearby Landmark Trust property, China Tower (or its other name, Bicton Belvedere) situated in what once was part of the vast estate belonging to the Rolle family. The estate is now split up into a college, Bicton Arena, the Clinton Devon Estate and the botanical gardens which were another of the Rolle creations and contain the Church where Lady Louisa and her husband are interred. As with many places these days, the gardens now cater more towards childrens entertainment than anything else. However, there are still some nicely laid out gardens, specimen trees, fountain etc. We did feel that the entrance fee was expensive for what was on offer, the shell house is in need of some TLC, the cabinets of shell specimen in disarray with screwed up plastic bags in amongst the exhibits, such a shame that these things are overlooked. The cafe wasn't very appealling, run by kids so we gave it a miss.

1  Thank Sue00do
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

beautiful landscaped parkland with well maintained paths, most of the trees have identification plaques on them. There is also a museum of country life.

Thank Richard J H
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

As a keen gardener I try to visit interesting gardens whenever I travel to new places. I was so disappointed at Bicton Park as the gardens were boring and uninspiring - unless you're an aborculturist as the trees are magnificent. The rose garden is only a couple of borders and the general level of planting elsewhere is in need of an overhaul - I have a better selection in my own small garden.
The cafe is both messy and very noisy but the tea was good quality.
I would not visit this garden again and feel the entrance fee to be extortionate for what is on offer.

Thank otard1956
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