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East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton,
Devon, EX9 7BJ



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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
All year, except Christmas Day & Boxing Day; daily; 10am - 6pm in summer & 10am - 5pm in winter.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes
National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £8.95; Child 3-16 £7.95; Concessions £7.95; Family (2A + 2C) £19.95; Dogs £1.50. Child under 3 years free.
Extras: Train ride Child 2-16 £1.30, Concession £1.50, Adult £1.80; Mini-golf £1
Annual membership: Adult £14, Couple £27, Concessions £12, Double Conc. £38, Family £38, Small Family £27

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

A narrow-guage railway offers scenic rides and there are indoor and outdoor play areas for children. Also a large museum, restaurant, shop, garden centre and nature trail.

Garden Features & Events

Italian Garden, Palm House and parkland with lakes, fountains and over 1,000 trees. Newly restored 19th century hermitage.

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National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Kings Arms, Otterton



Inns & Pubs:

Kings Arms, Otterton

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

East Devon Jurassic Coast

Description of Garden

The magnificent 63-acre (25 ha) historic park is superbly landscaped with lakes and fountains. It also contains more than 1,000 trees including 300 species and 25 champion specimens together with many flowering plants including camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, mimosas, a tulip tree and probably the oldest wisteria in Britain.

Bicton Park is renowned for its 18th century formal Italian Garden with walled borders and formal beds and the 19th century Palm House, which ranks among the world's most elegant glass buildings. The Palm House features rare and exotic plants including orchids, cacti, begonias, pelargoniums and brilliantly coloured shrubs. There is also a Victorian fernery, old and modern roses, dwarf conifers, waterside and Mediterranean-type plants.

History Of Garden

The Italian Garden was laid out in c.1735, reputedly to a design by Andre le Notre. The Palm House, one of the oldest and most beautiful curvilinear iron glasshouses, dates from c.1825-30. It was the first of many developments inspired by Lady Louisa Rolle, who also established the arboretum, pinetum, hermitage, American garden, shell house and fernery. She also built St. Mary's Church where Queen Victoria, George VI and the late Queen Mother worshipped during visits to Bicton.