Exeter is the place to visit for our selection of excellent independent shops & restaurants, our fascinating history and thrilling attractions - another feature that makes Exeter so great is our outdoor green spaces and gardens! As National Gardening Week is coming up on 29th April, we've highlighted the top gardens, events and more to explore whilst you're out and about in our city. We've also thrown in some gardening tips from the experts... we're all about the outdoors!

Glorious Gardens

Did you know? Our city has a selection of gorgeous gardens perfect for relaxing, picnics and gentle strolls. From hidden gems tucked away in the city, to green spaces just outside of Exeter, here's a quick list of gardens to add to your itinerary:

Want to view the full list? Visit our Exeter Glorious Garden's blog for inspiration. Why not grab a takeaway from our fantastic cafés and restaurants and stay longer within our gardens! Please remember to take your rubbish with you and place in a secure bin - check out our Escape the Everyday Responsibly in Exeter blog for the latest advice when enjoying our marvellous outdoor spaces.

Toby Buckland's Garden Festival

In Exeter, we have our very own resident garden festival, named the Toby Buckland Garden Festival! Taking place this year on 11th-12th June, 2021 - this is the place to be for gardening tips, tricks & demos and nursery stalls! Don't miss our spring competition for your chance to win a 'bubble bundle' of tickets to this year's festival, click here to enter! Entries close on 31st May.

Last year we spoke to local gardener, TV presenter and author Toby Buckland himself to get some tips on setting up your garden for a wonderful spring! There's still time to prepare your garden for a wonderful season, click here for his advice!

Dining alfresco

Enjoy the best of both worlds in Exeter - we can indulge in delicious, local food whilst sitting outside within gorgeous gardens! There are a number of restaurants in our city that have delightful gardens to unwind within:

Splendid self-catering 

Hurray - we're now able to pack our bags, escape to Exeter and stay within self-catering accommodation! Here's a selection of country houses, apartments and more that feature lovely gardens where you can sit back and relax: 

  • Culm Vale Country House - guests will have an acre of outdoor space to explore
  • Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast - enjoy panoramic views of the Exe valley
  • The Wood Life - offers all the charm of camping but with the comforts of home, set in stunning scenery and total privacy
  • Easton Esate at Cofton Holidays - These cottages are surrounded by acres of peaceful fields, some of which have their own private hot tubs


Ludwell Valley Park Trail
Waymarked Trail
Ludwell Valley Park Trail

A one and a half-mile route around Ludwell Valley Park

National Trust Killerton House & Gardens
Historic House/Palace
The National Trust Killerton House & Gardens

Killerton House is an 18thC house built for the Acland family surrounded by 18 acres of beautiful gardens and countryside to explore.

Powderham Castle
Powderham Castle exterior

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

Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival at Powderham
Toby's Garden Festival: people with flowers

Toby's Garden Festival is back at Powderham Castle on 11th and 12th June 2021! It's the perfect way to kick-start your gardening year with expert talks and demos, heaps of horticultural know-how and a wealth of award-winning nurseries, offering quality plants and advice.

Southernhay House Hotel
Southernhay House - exterior

Treat yourself in Exeter’s only independently owned boutique hotel, voted the Best Boutique Stay in the whole of Devon for 2018/19 (by readers of Muddy Stilettos) and “most romantic hotel” in the UK 2020 (readers of the Good Hotel Guide). Those who prefer independents to chains will find everything about SH is curated with integrity to make you feel pampered, safe and luxurious. On Exeter’s finest square, Southernhay House combines chic contemporary design with the relaxed, clubby luxury enjoyed by its original owner, an early 19th century style icon. It goes without saying that the Hotel has taken every precaution to ensure that hygiene and safety standards are met at this time, without over-stepping the line. You will feel cosseted with

Rendezvous Wine Bar
Rendezvous Wine Bar internal

Rendezvous Wine Bar will re-open for outdoor dining on w/c 12th April, Wednesday-Saturday! A hidden gem in the heart of Exeter's Southernhay area, a stone's throw from both Cathedral Yard and Princesshay.

The Lamb Inn
Traditional Sunday Lunch
The Lamb Inn

The Lamb Inn will re-open for outdoor dining from 12th April 2021!  A real country pub with great food, open fires, beautiful gardens & large rooms that would put some 5* hotels to shame; at affordable rates.

Matthews Hall Cafe
Matthews Hall Cafe exterior

We are a small, friendly, independently run café, set in the heart of Topsham. We offer a great selection of food and drinks and have both indoor and outside seating.

Culm Vale Country House
Bed & Breakfast
Culm Vale Country House

Family run, spacious accommodation, 3 miles from Exeter in countryside, ample free parking, ideal touring base for coasts, moors and university.

Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast
Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast Exterior - angled image

The “Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast” is located in the picturesque village of Brampford Speke close to the Exe Valley Way. A converted blacksmiths and stable block, it is now a comfortable ground floor guest suite with off-road parking.

The Wood Life
Bubbly & strawberries with view through trees

The Wood Life offers all the charm of camping but with the comforts of home. The secluded Woodland Camp is ideal for family holidays and the Orchard Wagon a perfect retreat for couples. Located just outside Exeter, it's five miles from the beach in one direction and Dartmoor National Park in the other.

Cofton Holidays
Camping & Caravan Site
Cofton Holidays - Outdoor Pool

Cofton is set in a peaceful valley offering eighty acres of Devon countryside to explore. Fantastic four star facilities on a family-run holiday park. You’ll struggle to find a more beautiful setting for your holiday.



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