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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Bicton Gardens
- 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
- 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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33.41% of people who visit Exeter include Bicton Gardens in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
62.9% of people start their Bicton Gardens visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Bicton Gardens
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Bicton Gardens
Bicton Gardens Reviews & Ratings
This is the best kept secret in Devon! For some reason (maybe because they don't sell alcohol?) it's rarely busy, even during the summer months and school holidays. It's a stunning garden, by far the best in the region, and it's huge. It has trees from all over the world and several paths to walk. It's perfect for kids, with 2 outdoor playing areas and a high quality indoor soft play area. It's perfect for picnics too, with a few dedicated areas well-positioned throughout the property. The small bar serves hot drinks and snacks and has a nice view over the central garden. There's also an interesting farming museum. The entrance prices are cheaper than other nearby places and for a small increment you can buy a year pass. Well worth a visit!
There are 3 great play areas which my 1 & 4 year old loved. The cafe was nice with a good selection, nice gardens to walk. We spent a whole day here. There's still indoor soft play if it's raining, though would limit what else you may do here.
Wonderful space for children to run around - paddle in a stream or play in the outside play areas. The only negative is that they have started to charge for the Indore play area. I would personally prefer that they just updated the membership fees. Seems pretty for the nominal fee they charge.
Fantastic. The gardens are well looked after. Plenty of food with semi-reasonable prices. Lots of car parking and you can borrow a pram for your children. Soft play for kids. And train ride showing you around the place. Brilliant.
The most amazing and splendid of all the gardens in Devon. Gardener or not, you cannot help but marvel at the beauty of these astounding gardens. I absolutely adore this place and highly recommend to all, a visit if you're in the vicinity.