Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Exeter

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Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, Bicton Park Botanical Gardens combines 18th-century, rural tranquility with modern attractions. Stroll through the gardens and look out for the many rare and exotic plants that grow there. Step inside the four glasshouses, each of which have been designed to recreate the natural environment of plants from different continents. See restored artifacts of rural life from by-gone days in the countryside museum. Get lost in the maze and practice your putt with mini-golf. Children can tire themselves out with the indoor and outdoor play areas. Take a scenic ride around the park on the Bicton Woodland Railway. Stop to re-fuel in the Bicton Restaurant or Orangery Restaurant. Picnics are also permitted in certain areas of the gardens. Buy your tickets in advance to save. To visit Bicton Park Botanical Gardens and get the most from your holiday in Exeter, create itinerary details personal to you using our Exeter day trip website .
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  • We took our 5 year old little boy and 1 year old little girl to bicton. Had a lovely day out from 11 until 4. Great play areas. Our spirits weren't dampened by some rain and a thunderstorm. There was ...  more »
  • Living nearby, we have annual tickets which allow us to co visit Morwellham Quay free. The grounds of Bicton Botanical gardens are in the main, beautifully displayed. It is a large area to cover on fo...  more »
  • We are primarily interested in the botanical side of things, but there is a fair amount of space dedicated to children's play areas too. I guess that, in this competitive market, businesses have to tr...  more »
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  • AWFUL ATTITUDE TO FEEDING BABIES - BEWARE. I took out a membership 8 months ago had numerous good visits. Recently visited with two friends, each of us with a 13 month old baby. One friend spent £15 on membership. We then spent £10 in the main cafe on coffee & cake, and later all bought lunch in the soft play cafe for a further £15. As I do everywhere I go, I buy food for myself from the venue, but then feed my baby the weaning food I have brought with me. On this occasion a grumpy member of staff approached our table in the completely empty cafe to say we could not have a picnic inside. I thought she had made a mistake and showed her that we had all bought sandwiches, crisps and drinks from the cafe. She then pointed to the baby food and said you can't feed them their own food inside! We were expected to eat the food we had paid for in the cafe, then take the babies outside, into the cold to feed them separately. These were small babies, not long in high chairs, all eating weaning finger food including one baby with special dietary needs. On leaving the soft play we went to get our membership cards (which they now make you hand in) only to be told they had been confiscated, and wouldn't be returned until we had been sent a letter informing us of our rules breach. I couldn't believe it, but assumed this was just a grumpy member of staff being overly strict (I can completely understand that you can't eat your own food in a cafe, but I have never seen this applied to baby food anywhere else). I emailed the management expecting to get an apology (as the staff refused to find a manager for me to speak to). They didn't bother to reply to my email. They did reply to my wife and my friend who had her membership card confiscated 2 hours after buying it. They confirmed this is company policy, and if you are bringing baby food with you, no matter how much you spend on food for adults in the cafe, and no matter how young your children, you must feed them outside regardless of the weather. I feel these rules are outrageous and are designed to force you to buy from the tiny range of baby and children's food that they sell. I won't ever return again - they have lost what would have been a regularly visiting (and spending!) family for the next 10-15 years. Please beware if you are taking weaning babies, this is not a family friendly venue.
  • We are a member here. Our boys LOVE it. Our eldest is 20months & it's great to let him run wild- he loves the soft play especially when it's raining. We tend to go twice a month so we definitely get our money's worth. The only downside is the toilets are very unclean, and the cafe in the soft play doesn't accept cards, even though there is no cash point on site.
  • Love it here. Lots of different areas to explore and spaces for children to play. The membership is great value. Our son loves the farm yard play area.
  • Great if you like a cream tea and love huge rare trees also the great little museum there with traction engines farm machinery tools, old motors and bikes there's a very old church there too
  • Nice quite place not very disabled freindly if you can still walk some , very hilly glad i went

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