Bicton Gardens, Exeter
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Address: East Budleigh,Budleigh Salterton, Exeter,EX9 7BJ, England, United Kingdom
Ticket Price: 9 GBP
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 04:30 pm Details
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About Bicton Gardens, Exeter
Spread over nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these beautiful gardens are set in a very scenic Otter Valley. Set between the ancient city of Exeter and England's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site; the superbly planned park combines 18th century like views with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone- children and adults alike. Situated in these gardens is a countryside museum, a mini-golf, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, a historic glasshouse, nature trail, maze, outdoor and indoor children’s play complexes, shop and restaurant. The Bicton Botanical Gardens consist of the Italian Garden, the American and Stream Gardens, the Mediterranean and Rose Gardens, the Fernery and Shell house, the Hermitage House and the Pinetum and Arboretum. There is basically to miss a visit to their grade 1 gardens.
Bicton Gardens Information
- Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times, they are not allowed in the Restaurant area, Orangeries and Childrens’ Play Areas. However, there is outside undercover seating.
- Its better to keep an eye on the children at all times so they do not wander off.
- Do not pluck any plants or flowers.
- Do not eat or drink anywhere in the main garden area so as to not dirty it.
Bicton Gardens Ticket Prices
- Family (2 Adults and 2 children) £25.95
- Adults £8.95
- Children 2-16 £6.95 Children under 2yrs free
- Concessions £7.95
- Dogs £1.00
How To reach Bicton Gardens by Public Transport
- St David`s ( Stop B) : Bus no 56, 678, 157. 13.8 miles drive from here. Take a rental cab.
- Exeter Central: 13.0 miles from here. Take a cab.
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Bicton Gardens, Exeter Reviews
Bicton park is a lovely place to visit for a walk with the family. They allow dogs too for an extra entrance fee though unfortunately they must be kept on lead at all times. Once you have made your way past the miserable staff on the entrance and paid the extortionate toll you will find the park to be a very enjoyable place. There are very accessible pathways that cover various circuits of the park. You'll find a wide collection of coniferous trees in one area of the park, a collection of camellias and rhododendrons in another, which when in flower are glorious. There is a pagoda type building and planting and ponds to match at the far end of the park near the large pond/small lake. The church is a lovely architectural feature and so is the shell house which contains a huge amount of precious sea debris. There is also a museum which has a lot of garden and agricultural machinery. Lastly, there is a quaint small gauge train ride that will take you through the park a number of times a day. All in all a nice place to spend a few hours enjoying nature.
GREAT FAMILY FUN. Worth going just for the inside children's play area if it's a rainy day. The outside grounds and children's play areas are really good for when it's not. They have just put in the most amazing lego section in the inside play area too. We have a annual pass and we fully take advantage of this and go as often as we can.
My wife and I have memberships here and visit regularly with our 2 year old daughter who lives it! The soft play is great with a little cafe on the side and our daughter also loves feeding the ducks and going on the train trip around the park. Also a great museum and nice walks around the grounds.
AWFUL ATTITUDE TO FEEDING BABIES - BEWARE. I took out a membership 8 months ago had numerous good visits. Recently visited with two friends, each of us with a 13 month old baby. One friend spent £15 on membership. We then spent £10 in the main cafe on coffee & cake, and later all bought lunch in the soft play cafe for a further £15. As I do everywhere I go, I buy food for myself from the venue, but then feed my baby the weaning food I have brought with me. On this occasion a grumpy member of staff approached our table in the completely empty cafe to say we could not have a picnic inside. I thought she had made a mistake and showed her that we had all bought sandwiches, crisps and drinks from the cafe. She then pointed to the baby food and said you can't feed them their own food inside! We were expected to eat the food we had paid for in the cafe, then take the babies outside, into the cold to feed them separately. These were small babies, not long in high chairs, all eating weaning finger food including one baby with special dietary needs. On leaving the soft play we went to get our membership cards (which they now make you hand in) only to be told they had been confiscated, and wouldn't be returned until we had been sent a letter informing us of our rules breach. I couldn't believe it, but assumed this was just a grumpy member of staff being overly strict (I can completely understand that you can't eat your own food in a cafe, but I have never seen this applied to baby food anywhere else). I emailed the management expecting to get an apology (as the staff refused to find a manager for me to speak to). They didn't bother to reply to my email. They did reply to my wife and my friend who had her membership card confiscated 2 hours after buying it. They confirmed this is company policy, and if you are bringing baby food with you, no matter how much you spend on food for adults in the cafe, and no matter how young your children, you must feed them outside regardless of the weather. I feel these rules are outrageous and are designed to force you to buy from the tiny range of baby and children's food that they sell. I won't ever return again - they have lost what would have been a regularly visiting (and spending!) family for the next 10-15 years. Please beware if you are taking weaning babies, this is not a family friendly venue.
Alot of history here and good place for the kids. Alot of out door and indoor play stuff. Worth taking a pack lunch tho cafe is over priced. Also take your time there is alot to read as you go around. But don't get on the train half way around its rubbish you don't see any thing worth doing the whole ride. Also wear sensible footwear can be muddy in places but there is good access to wheel chair users all the way around the park.
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