Bicton Park Botanical Gardens East Devon’s perfect destination for a family day out; Grade 1 listed Gardens, combining 18th Century History with modern day facilities, museum, shop and restaurant, open all year round.
A great day out means many different things to many different people. Whatever you are looking for you will probably find it at Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. Situated near the historic City of Exeter in the beautiful Otter Valley close to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Bicton Park is set in tranquil Grade 1 listed gardens with beautiful landscapes, plants, trees and greenhouses. There is plenty to see and do with the Countryside Museum with a fantastic display of nostalgic delights for all generations including traction engines, vintage machinery, traditional tools, tractors and domestic memorabilia that trace the history of rural life at Bicton and elsewhere in Britain over the last three centuries.
If you like cars don’t miss the Reg Imray Motorcycle and Car Collection, a collection of more than 40 classic cars and motorcycles some of which are on display in Bicton Park Botanical Gardens Country Life Museum.
If on the other hand trains are your favourite you will want to take a ride on the Bicton Woodland Railway which was developed in the early 1960s as an additional attraction within the gardens and runs every day except Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
A scenic ride around the park on Bicton Woodland Railway is a treat for children and grown-ups alike. It's also something special for railway enthusiasts, because BWR runs on the only 18-inch gauge leisure line left in Britain. The train departs from Bicton Station and winds its way through the Pinetum, home to many of the park’s champion trees, to Hermitage Station at the far end of the park. From there, it takes you back along the banks of the Great Lake to complete its journey of around 1.5 miles. Additional facilities for children include the outdoor and heated indoor play areas together with the Nuthatch nature trail. When the playing and sightseeing is done you will probably be in need of refreshment .The Bicton Restaurant provides visitors with a wide range of options, from light snacks to full meals, and a daily specials board with a variety of delicious hearty meals. There is also the Orangery which can seat large parties and is a perfect setting for special occasions.
Finally make sure you visit the Bicton Shop where will find a host of varied and unusual gifts for friends and family. There is a vast array covering everything from home, garden, gift certificates and children’s toys. So if you are looking for something different browse the shop to see what is on offer and find yourself a souvenir of your perfect day at Bicton Park Botanical Gardens.