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“Lovely. Gardens”

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Ranked #11 of 92 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 18 August 2018

Lovely gardens with massive trees and lakes. You can take a small train to have a ride around parts of the garden. As well as lovely plants flowers and trees there is a display of farm machinery old cars and other countryside equipment.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Maureen K
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"train ride"
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"visited bicton"
in 30 reviews
"italian garden"
in 29 reviews
"palm house"
in 23 reviews
"crazy golf"
in 14 reviews
"indoor and outdoor play areas"
in 26 reviews
"farming equipment"
in 10 reviews
"farm machinery"
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"morwellham quay"
in 9 reviews
"small train"
in 9 reviews
"annual membership"
in 29 reviews
"small extra charge"
in 11 reviews
"all ages"
in 55 reviews
"feeding the ducks"
in 8 reviews
"gardens are lovely"
in 13 reviews
"play park"
in 11 reviews
"formal gardens"
in 15 reviews

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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Expensive, but what isn’t in this country when you’re trying to entertain children and adults on a non beach day!? This is a beautiful place, well kept, peaceful and with something for all. Indoor and outside play areas for children, a train running frequently to take visitors around the gardens. Many places to sit and just reflect quietly - well, one could minus children! A museum, gardens, trees and plants of all descriptions plus a good restaurant and gift shop. Plenty of parking too. We took a picnic to lessen the cost a little, food and drink in the UK especially in tourist traps is extortionate.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank OnAir544081
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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit to Bicton Gardens. We paid extra for the train ride around the gardens, which my sons enjoyed it is slow though and you could probably walk the circuit quicker.

There is also a small extra charge to use the play barn (indoor soft play). Socks must be worn by all those playing and shoes or overshoes worn (provided) by all entering the barn. We had to drag my sons away to go and visit some of the outdoor spaces!

The country museum is also worth a visit a great collection of farming and other equipment.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Helen L
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Bicton is beautiful! I haven’t been around all of it, but bought a season ticket so that we can visit again and again, and bring the dogs for a good walk and for us, a look at the beautiful gardens, trees and plants.

We brought a picnic lunch with us and sat in a picnic table by one of the lakes, which was very idyllic.

The Italian garden is a “wow” factor. Even as we came through the walled entrance, my husband, who is anything but green fingered or remotely bowled over by scenery, actually said “Wow” at the same time as I did, so this part of the park is definitely worth visiting.

The trees here are gorgeous and rise majestically towards the sky. Some of them are unusual and definitely worthy of a photo or two.

We had coffee and cake sat outside, as dogs are not allowed in the restaurant. There is a small train to show you around the gardens, for a small fee and if you want a ride, be sure to queue up well ahead of departure time. The gift shop has some lovely things to buy and the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Bicton Gardens is definitely worth a visit, more than once.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Lucylemonpip
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Reviewed 4 August 2018

A truly great place to spend an afternoon. Amazing Gardens to wander around,with lots of hidden surprises. On one garden wall is a list of the rules the gardeners had to work from.Make time to visit the museum,so much to see and educational for children and nostalgic for most adults.
A very nice restaurant is also on site.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jill M
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