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“Nice gardens, avoid restaurant”

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Ranked #16 of 124 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 13 April 2012

Private botanical gardens, currently costing £8 for adults and £6 for children over 3. The gardens are nice, in the grounds of a stately home. There are kids activities: a good playground, a train tour round the gardens (sadly diesel powered - extra charge of about £1.80), and a soft play area.

So that's all good. We didn't notice much scientific information, so I suspect it's more for the families than true botanists.

I got the worst meal I have ever paid for at the restaurant. "Steak and kidney pie" - cold, bitter grey stew with a wedge of cold, stale pastry dropped on top, and cold overcooked vegetables for £9. Kids meals were OK (fish or chicken shapes+chips/faces+beans/peas). Sandwiches were said to be OK but tasting of margarine. Coffee was made by and for people who don't like coffee.

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Reviewed 6 April 2012

I last went to Bicton as a small child and was very interested to return with my three small children. They loved the train ride through the park, the play areas and the gardens themselves. A really lovely afternoon out.

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Reviewed 3 April 2012

I love these gardens and had a season ticket for 4 years whilst my children were under 10. There is a museum for grandad, flowers for grandma, indoor play area when it rains, outdoor play areas, lovely woodland walks and a train. What a great day out! Top tip - take a towel and walk along the railway track until you get to a little stream where the kids can go paddling!

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

As a family of 4 we've been coming here for years. We always had an annual ticket which was extremely good value compared to alot of other places.
The park is basically full of gorgeous gardens & scenery, a restaurant (serving very expensive food for what you get) but you can take your own picnic. There is an outside & indoor playing area for younger children. There is also a train ride that takes you around the gardens (you pay extra for this).
Whilst it is great for younger children (0-10) it is quite boring for older children (unless they like just walking around gardens, hence why we no longer visit....

Thank RachelAA
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Right time of year to see the Camelias, which were beautiful. As was the very regal swan sitting on its nest on the edge of the lake and easily viewed from the train ride. A great day out with good play areas for our two grandsons, ages 7 and 3 yrs.Add the peace and beauty of the whole park, this is an ideal place to visit for all ages. it was a hot sunny day for our visit and lots of people there, car park indicated this, but it never felt crowded. Just wish we had taken a picnic as some other families did. having said that good refreshments are available on the terrrace.

Thank briaryway
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