7 Interesting Places to Visit Near Exeter

Dartmoor. How many cities are right on the edge of a National Park? With its granite tors and sweeping moorland there’s a magical quality to Dartmoor that few other places can match. Getting to Dartmoor from your Exeter bed and breakfast is easy: a short drive or one of the regular bus services to several of the towns and villages that pepper the landscape. You’ll find prehistoric standing stones and Bronze Age hut circles, and there are plenty of good pubs dotted around too. http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/

Killerton House. This National Trust property is just outside Exeter, and each year the grounds play host to the Beautiful Days music festival. You can explore the house and grounds, and the Trust also puts on a variety of events throughout the year including farmer’s markets, classic car displays and various nature themed courses. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton/

Jurassic Coast. If there’s one thing that Devon has in abundance it’s incredible areas of natural beauty. The Jurassic Coast, which starts in nearby Exmouth, is a World Heritage Site that stretches to Swanage in Dorset. Named the fifth greatest natural wonder in Britain, its towering, craggy cliffs document 180 million years of history.  http://jurassiccoast.org/

Castle Drogo. Built entirely of granite, this was the last castle to be built in England with work finally completed in 1930. With design features taken from castles from the medieval through to Tudor periods, coupled to modernist approaches of the time, Drogo is a truly unique castle. Its beautiful formal garden is populated with magnolias, rhododendrons and roses which stand out in stark contrast to the sparse Dartmoor landscape it sits on.  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo/

National Marine Aquarium. The aquarium in Plymouth is the largest in the UK, and if you don’t fancy the drive you can get the train from St. David’s, which is a stone’s throw from our bed and breakfast accommodation. The aquarium displays marine life native to Plymouth Sound, the Atlantic and all the way from the Great Barrier Reef. Be sure to catch the shark feeding and educational talks to really get an insight into these incredible creatures.   http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/

Paignton Zoo. With 2,000 animals and 1,600 species of plants, this combined zoo and botanical gardens is definitely one of the most interesting places to visit near Exeter. You’ll see gorillas up close and personal, a pride of lions, traverse a crocodile infested swamp and much more. Paignton is an easy drive from Exeter, and trains run regularly from St. David’s station. http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. This beautifully sculpted park features extensive outdoor walks among the grounds. For a whistle stop tour of the park hop on the Bicton Woodland Railway and then explore the four glasshouses that are home to a variety of exotic plant and tree species. There is also plenty to do for younger visitors, with play areas and nature trails to enjoy. https://www.bictongardens.co.uk/

So if you’re thinking of a short break this Easter come and enjoy our bed and breakfast accommodation, and explore these 7 interesting places to visit near Exeter.

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