Rougemont Gardens, Exeter, Devon
Rougemont Gardens form part of a huge green space in the heart of the Exeter, behind the Royal Albert Museum. The gardens were opened to the public in 1912 - before that it was a private garden and way, way back, it formed part of the defences of Exeter Castle in the time of William The Conqueror. You can still see the gatehouse, which dates from 1068 and is the oldest in the country.
It’s easy to see how the gardens are sited on what was the bank and moat of the historic castle, and even more fascinating, are the parts of the Roman city walls heaps of history. It makes a wonderful backdrop to the mature trees, including a Giant Redwood, shrubs and flowerbeds; in many ways the Rougemont Gardens are typical of the ornamental kind you find in a lot of cities, but even so it’s a good place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets or to spend time enjoying your lunch or a picnic on a sunny day.
Rougemont Gardens are open dawn till dusk every day
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