You’ll have no trouble filling an itinerary when you stay at the Imperial Hotel. Historic buildings, National Trust properties and gardens that are open to the public are just the tip of the iceberg. Exmouth has attractions for all ages, ranging from nature reserves and grand Powderham Castle to animal attractions like the World of Country Life. Many hotel guests enjoy early evening strolls, over to the sand dunes and the beach. As the sun sets, the hotel’s surroundings look even more beautiful.
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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