Looking for things to do on your fun family staycation in Devon this year? Why not consider visiting some of the glorious gardens and charming castles that the county has to offer?!
Devon is full of beauty and romance, housing two of the UK’s most impressive National Parks: Dartmoor and Exmoor. But you may not realise that Devon is also home to some of Britain’s most picturesque gardens, family estates, and castles. Most of the gardens and castles here are open throughout the year, making for a delightful day out that the whole family will enjoy, whatever the weather…
Take a Stroll Around These Glorious Gardens
A large network of lovely gardens is dotted across the whole of the county. Many of them feature adventure playground areas for children and cafes or shops for a much-needed rest break, making them ideal for all ages. Wander around these gorgeous gardens and admire the abundance of flora and fauna, tuck into a family picnic on the luscious lawn, or feast on a delicious Devonshire cream tea in the café area. The possibilities are truly endless!
Killerton House is a National-Trust owned 18th Century house, nestled in the pretty village of Broadclyst. Making up part of a historic estate, the gardens and surrounding parkland cover a huge 6400 acres – with a truly stunning Georgian house at its core. The gardens are glorious all year round, with exotic rhododendrons, magnolias, champion trees and formal lawns on display. Walk down winding, meandering paths, venture up an extinct volcano, discover an ancient Iron Age hill fort or just admire the spectacular views towards Dartmoor during your day out at Killerton House.
Knightshayes is a formal woodland garden with one of the most spectacular and varied collection of plants in the whole of the UK. The gardens house over 1200 plant species that are totally unique to Knightshayes, with a separate walled kitchen garden that is positively brimming with home-grown produce. This stunning Gothic Revival house is surrounded by acres upon acres of 19th Century parkland – you can enjoy wonderful woodland walks and discover enchanting Exmoor Horn sheep, before allowing the kids to let off some steam in the wild play area.
Fursdon is one of Devon’s oldest family homes, just a stone’s throw away from the cathedral city of Exeter. This ancient country estate is nestled in the heart of rural Devon countryside, boasting a fascinating variety of flora and fauna. Embark on a tour of the manor house and family museum or stroll around the pristine gardens, before finishing off the day with a tasty treat from The Coach Hall tea-room.