Out & About
Exmouth is a special destination on the Devonshire coastline, popular with holidaymakers dating back to the Regency period. Today it's just as well-loved, thanks to its wonderful scenery and plethora of seaside attractions. From the hotel you can enjoy the beach and dunes or a relaxing early evening stroll along the promenade as the sun sets.
Head a little further afield and you can experience the myriad delights of the scenic Jurassic Coast. Bicton Gardens, historic Powderham Castle and the fascinating House of Marbles are just a few of the other splendid attractions nearby, all well worth a visit.
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
With something for all ages, Bicton Park is one of Devon’s most popular attractions. Features range from the Bicton Woodland Railway to indoor and outdoor play areas that will keep children occupied for hours. Grade I listed gardens are maintained with care and include historic conservatories, glasshouses, rock caves and awe-inspiring extravagant water features, whilst the countryside museum and nature trail give you more to see and do. Other attractions include a maze, a mini golf course, a shop and a restaurant where you can enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea. As well as native British plants, you’ll have the chance to see tropical plants and flowers from much warmer locations.
This wonderful Devon country house sits in parkland gardens and is surrounded by a wooded estate. Killerton is a National Trust property, with grounds that include circular walks and with an array of plants, herbs and flowers from all over the country. The gardens were created in the 1770s, and also feature an ice house and a summerhouse as well as a discovery centre where you can learn more about your surroundings. The house itself is an ivy-clad building and is open to the public. It’s an interactive museum where you can learn more about Killerton’s past and can dress in costume, play the piano and see regularly-changing exhibits.
Knightshayes House and Gardens
One of Devon’s best National Trust attractions, Knightshayes is a Victorian country house with exquisite decor, extravagant furnishings and one of the county’s finest gardens with more than 1,200 species of plant. At the Stables Café you can enjoy fresh meals prepared using seasonal produce, some of which has been grown in the walled kitchen garden, and inside the house itself you’ll find intriguing carvings from gargoyles to medieval minstrels. The grounds also include an outdoor play area for children.
Greenway Ferry and Pleasure Cruises
The award-winning Greenway Ferry Pleasure Cruises offer an exciting and unique way to enjoy memorable sightseeing trips. The company offers river and coast cruises where you can see the beaches and cliffs, the River Dart of some of the best attractions in Devon. As well as ferry rides, you can book your place on organised trips including wildlife cruises to search for dolphins. Fishing trips are also available.
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