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Gardens

Exeter is a green city, with peaceful parks and beautiful, historical gardens to be found around every corner.

The Grade II listed Northernhay Gardens are the oldest public gardens in England, and neighbouring Rougemont Gardens originally formed part of the defences to Exeter Castle. The University of Exeter is regarded as the best University botanical garden in the UK - find out more on a garden tour.

Exeter is surrounded by green space; discover the city's valley parks on the Green Circle Walk, or head further afield to wide open countryside and some beautiful gardens at nearby Killerton Estate and Powderham Castle.

Meet expert growers and indulge in all things gardening at the annual Toby Buckland's Garden Festival at Powderham in the spring.

See the list below for more gardens in Exeter...

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  1. Pinces Garden

    Pinces Gardens

    Type

    Municipal Park

    Location

    Exeter

    One of Exeter’s most distinguished parks, the annual blossoming of Pinces Garden’s 45 metre wisteria arch is an unmissable spring event. Home to the Exeter Croquet Club and the Pinces Gardens’ Bowls club.

  2. Powderham Castle

    Powderham Castle

    Type

    Castle/Fort

    Location

    Exeter

    A visit to Powderham Castle is an enchanting day out for all its visitors. Fascinating guided tours of this magnificent 600year old Castle.

  3. Exeter University Gardens

    Exeter University Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Exeter

    The Exeter University gardens have the reputation of being one of the most beautiful in Europe & have strong links with the Veitch family.

  4. Mincinglake Valley Park

    Mincinglake Valley Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    This finger of countryside extends down from Stoke Hill between Mincinglake Road and Mile Lane.
    The lower valley is wooded whilst the upper part comprises meadowland rich in wild flowers, butterflies and other insects. Access is either from Calthorpe Road or from Stoke Hill.

    The park itself has...

  5. Duryard Valley Park

    Duryard Valley Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    The rich meadows and woodland are host to a wide range of wildlife which thrives in the quiet valleys. Most of the land is in private ownership but there is access to Belvedere Meadows Local Nature Reserve.

    All the roads and tracks within the estate are private but responsible bona fide walkers...

  6. Rougemont Gardens, Exeter

    Rougemont Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Exeter

    Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, Rougemont Gardens were originally part of the defences of Exeter Castle. They were converted into gardens in the late 18th century, and purchased by the city council in 1912. Incorporating the major historic features of the...

  7. St Thomas Splash Pad

    St Thomas Splash Pad

    Type

    Municipal Park

    Location

    Exeter

    Open May - September, the St Thomas Splash Pad has water fountains, tipping buckets and cannons on a brightly coloured surface. There is also a large children's playground, public toilets and parkland nearby.

    The playground is suitable for toddlers and under 12s and has a range of equipment...

  8. Alphington Whitestone Valley Park

    Alphington Whitestone Valley Park

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Location

    Exeter

    This western ridge line of the City has splendid 'rural' valleys and offers excellent views of the City.

    Most of the land is private so please respect other people's property and only use public footpaths or bridleways that will be marked by signposts and stiles. However Barley Valley Local...

  9. Fursdon House, Exeter

    Fursdon House

    Type

    Historic House/Palace

    Historic manor house, gardens and coach house tea rooms in lovely setting with stunning countryside views. Guided tours of the house showing the 750 year family history and museum. The rooms you see date from different periods in history.

  10. Jubilee Water Walk

    Jubilee Water Walk

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Location

    The Old Library, Exeter

    Developed in 2015 – 16, to celebrate the University of Exeter’s Diamond Jubilee, the self-guided Jubilee Water Walk takes the visitor on a tour of the wonderful water features, both natural and man-made, on the Streatham Campus. Whilst following the walk, enjoy the diverse flora and fauna which...

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