There was a time when an imposing Devon building was nothing without a garden designed to take your breath away, and Bicton Park had it all. This East Devon attraction is set in the stunning Otter Valley, and its landscaped park has all the pomp and grandeur of the 18th century. We’re talking scenic glasshouses, the Bicton Woodland Railway, a nature trail, maze, mini golf and a countryside museum – so prepare to spend the day and leave full of ideas to spruce up your own garden when you get home...
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens include plants from all over the world, and they span 300 years. The park is home to the Italian Garden, the American and Stream Gardens, the Mediterranean and Rose Gardens, the Fernery and Shell House, the Hermitage Garden and the Pinetum and the Arboretum. Bicton Park is well known for its rare and many trees (there are over 1000), and many of the 300 species are endangered in the wild. Look out for the 25 champion trees, which include the tallest and largest of their kind to be found in the British Isles.
The Italian Garden was said to have been designed by the Versailles landscaper Andre Le Notre, and its flowerbeds and traditional walled borders date back to the Victorian era. The rose gardens are always delight visitors, and they date back to the 19 century. Dogs are welcome at Bicton Park for an entry fee of £1, and unusually, visitors are welcome to walk on all grassy areas throughout the attraction.
Devon EX9 7BJ