Bicton Park, Devon
It’s worth a visit to these Grade 1 listed gardens in Devon’s picturesque Otter Valley. Essentially it’s a beautiful 18th century botanical park with Italian, American and Mediterranean style gardens and a charming little church, but there’s something here for the whole family. A much talked about feature of Bicton Park are the historic glasshouses, and they really are quite breath taking for the architecture as much as the plants; make sure you see the Palm House, the second largest in Britain. There’s a rural life museum, a miniature railway that takes you through the woods, mini golf, indoor and outdoor play areas, nature trails, and in the Fernery, a quirky shell house that you just have to see.
You can take the dog but keep it on a lead and don’t take it in the restaurant, Orangeries or play areas.
Open all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day, from 10.00am.
All information correct at the time of writing.