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Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

Bicton Park | Budleigh Salterton, Exeter EX9 7BJ, England
+44 1395 568465
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"End of an era"

What a pity, after being members for nearly 20 years we have decided not to renew our membership or... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
156marko27
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Charge extra for everything

You pay a lot to get in and then pay again for the soft play and the train etc which should all be... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joeys M
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Over 64 acres to explore "A delight for gardeners" Spanning nearly 300years of gardening history, the park is home to many rare and beautiful species, collected from around the world. The Palm House is made from over 18,000 panes of glass (built 20yrs before The Kew Gardens Palm House) hosting many Palms. Tropical House, Arid House, Temperate house. Enjoy your coffee / lunch overlooking the Italian Garden. Explore the arboretum and while away time in the bird hide Ride the Bicton Woodland railway for an oversight of the park (suitable for wheelchairs) The countryside museum containing a huge collection of bygone days.... And for the children indoor and outdoor play areas, crazy golf, Astro turf football pitch, ride the pedal tractors all to add to the fun (Please note play areas are only open to children between the ages of o to 12 yrs)
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“shell house” (24 reviews)
“italian garden” (24 reviews)
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Bicton Park | Budleigh Salterton, Exeter EX9 7BJ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a pity, after being members for nearly 20 years we have decided not to renew our membership or to return to Bicton gardens again. The membership charges, additional charges for children and a loss of the wonderful feeling of friendliness, replaced by stuffiness and...More

Thank 156marko27
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You pay a lot to get in and then pay again for the soft play and the train etc which should all be included in the high entrance fee. Otherwise you just get a park. They also won't let you eat your own food anywhere...More

1  Thank Joeys M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a cold but sunny day, I went with friends unsure what top expect. It took ages to get through the entrance fees but we gave staff the benefit of the doubt. The grounds are stunning, however, other areas need attention. The church was musty,...More

1  Thank JanW52_13
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Average pricing to get in... The shop is actually quite good as you enter with the odd good bargain. The train ride is a must so you can see most of the place. Lots for kids to do and loads of gardens for adults to...More

Thank John F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bicton used to be our day out of choice.We purchased annual family membership in July with the hope of visiting during the winter months to spend a few hours making the most of the indoor play area whilst using the park and outdoor areas in...More

4  Thank Laur T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bicton is a lovely botanical garden but unfortunately their customer service is appalling. We have had membership for several years and our young children love visiting but Bicton have now introduced an additional charge of £1 per child to play in the soft play for...More

10  Thank Nikkiandrobert100
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These grounds are extensive, no need to worry about the amount of cars in the ample parking area, there is a great openness. It is very well maintained, some interesting ideas and lovely walks. It is possible to eat in the cafe, but it is...More

1  Thank janetrD7879KD
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We booked to have afternoon tea as a Christmas surprise for our two girls age 6 and 3 and 3/4. We were greeted by elves who checked our tickets. All the tables were numbered with our family name. The tables were set with Christmas crackers,...More

Thank Diva27
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

I’ve lived walking distance from Kew Gardens for a long time, and everything gets compared to that. Begrudgingly, I think Bicton is prettier, and their tiny train is much cheaper (though I’m aware there’s a sognofocant scale difference in where they go). There are several...More

Thank Chris G
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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

I was going to write a review about the new area “brick works” in the indoor play area but I thought I would just write an overall review) I have been coming to bicton since I was a little girl and now I bring my...More

Thank Kirsty B
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natalieannsmith1
13 July 2017|
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Response from maryWorcs | Reviewed this property |
No station nearest station Exmoth need to get a bus or taxi from there.
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hazel395
5 August 2016|
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Yes! 😊 though I believe there is a small charge to take them in
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Joanne A
27 July 2015|
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Response from Helendy101 | Reviewed this property |
Teenagers would find this place very boring. They focus mainly on families with young children and reasonably fit older people.
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