- Stately Homes and Gardens
Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent gardens are set in East Devon's picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and southwest England's Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The Bicton Park Gardens combines 18th century tranquillity with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for every one of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children's play complexes, restaurant and shop.
- Picnics Allowed
- Restaurant Onsite
- Wheelchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BJ, England
Click here to visit Bicton Park Gardens's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:30
Closed on Christmas Day
Children (2 to 16): £7.95
Under 2 years: Free
Stunning venue, awful food, and expensive too
Written by alonac . 27.01.18
The beauty of the gardens cannot be overestimated, just stunning and lots to do with kids. But the food! THE FOOD! The cost? The taste? The blandness? And it cost £5 for a kids meal that consisted of two soft boiled potatoes, deep fried chicken nuggets and a lot (!) of beans. Seriously, people! I bought juice and it was £3! My membership gave us a discount though. Of 20 pence! yay.
AWFUL ATTITUDE TO FEEDING BABIES - BEWARE
Written by photojonny . 28.10.17
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.