Early 19th-c Victorian mansion, set in peaceful gardens and surrounded by extensive parkland. The magnificent colonnaded state rooms are packed with a wealth of 19th-c glass, silver, ceramics and other interesting artifacts. The staircase, hall and gallery areas showcase a wonderful collection of model ships, collected by former owner Miss Rosalie Chichester (1865 to 1949). Located in the grounds is a handsome working stable block containing a fine collection of period carriages and other vintage horse-drawn vehicles. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar~Oct, daily (ex. Tue) 10.30am to 5pm Admission Charge*
Location: Arlington, Barnstable, Devon, EX31 4LP - Tel: 01271 850296 Website
Facilities: gift shop, parking, garden centre
Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/Mark Bolton
Small medieval manor house and chapel, located by the River Lemon and set in 70 acres of peaceful woodland. The 15th-c house is built of roughcast whitewashed stone with a gabled front and unusual shaped windows. It contains a magnificent great hall with a carved Renaissance screen and a fine beamed roof, a period kitchen, buttery and a solarium. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Apr-Sep, 2pm to 5pm Admission Charge*
Location: Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6BD - Tel: 01626 354513 Website
Facilities: parking, small gift shop
Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/Robert Morris
Graceful woodland garden on the banks of the River Dart. Many rare trees and shrubs under planted with native wild flowers. Wildlife trails and woodland walks with scenic views of the Dart Estuary. Sensible footwear required. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar~Oct, Wed-Sat, 10.30am to 5pm Admission Charge*
Location: Churchton Ferrers, Devon, TQ5 DES - Tel: 01803 842382 Website
Facilities: parking, shop
Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
1920s arts and craft house with art deco style interior. Located in a pleasant valley setting near to the coast. Luxuriant gardens with all year-round interest, containing many rare and exotic plants. Regular music events held throughout the season. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: vary, see website for details Admission Charge
Location: Brownstone Rd, Kingswear, Devon, TQ6 0EQ - Tel: 01803 752466 Website
Facilities: shop, garden centre
Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
This elegant mansion house stands at the foot of a wooded hillside, amidst glorious gardens and parkland. Constructed by the Aclands in 1778, it houses Acland portraits, contemporary furniture and the National Trust Costume Collection, comprising some 3,000 garments from the 18-20th-c. Several rooms of note include the Music Room with an early 19th-c chamber organ, the Drawing Room, Library and Dinning Room, containing period furniture especially made for the house.
The 18 acres of restored gardens, woodland and parkland (laid out by Veitch) provide a riot of colour from early spring to later summer. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar~Sep daily (ex Tue), 11am to 5pm Admission Charge*
Location: Broadclyst, Exeter, EX5 3LE - Tel: 01392 881345 Website
Facilities: parking, gift shop, plant centre, tea room
A fine example Victorian Gothic architecture, built for the grandson of pioneer lace-maker John Heathcoat, in 1869. Designed by the somewhat eccentric architect William Burgess, it has medieval style interiors with rich decoration and elaborate ceilings. The large garden is known for its rare trees and shrubs, walled garden, formal terraces and clipped topiary. The later extended 'Garden in a Wood' and 'Willow Garden' areas afford some of the loveliest woodland walks.
Run by National Trust*
Opening times: Mar~Oct, daily (House closed Fri) 11am to 4.30pm Admission Charge
Location: Devon, EX16 7RO - Tel: 01884 254665 Website
Facilities: licensed restaurant, gift shop, garden centre
Extensive landscaped gardens with sweeping lawns and lakes, pleasant walled gardens, alpine garden, bog garden and more. Includes a varied range of climbers plus many rare trees and shrubs.
Opening times: daily, dawn to dusk (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: Marwood, Barnstable, EX31 4EB - Tel: 01271 342528 Website
Facilities: parking, shop, garden centre
A dramatically beautiful sub-tropical coastal garden, with tall palm trees and far reaching views over the estuary at Salcombe. The fine Edwardian house contains a museum of vintage children's toys and interesting natural history exhibits. Run by National Trust*
Opening times: times vary, see website for details Admission Charge*
Location: Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LW - Tel: 01548 842893 Website
Facilities: Parking, gift shop
One of the RHS's most enchanting show gardens, located in the picturesque Torridge Valley, North Devon. The garden is beautifully laid-out with mature trees and shrubs and several colour themed gardens, including a herb and potager garden, cottage garden, winter garden, alpine terraces and extensive herbaceous borders. There is also a traditional rose garden packed with over 2,000 roses. Changing series of events and demonstrations held throughout the year.
Opening times: Apr~Sep 10am to 6pm, Oct~Mar 10am to 5pm (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH - Tel: 01805 624067 Website
Facilities: parking, visitor centre, restaurant, tea room, gift shop, garden library, plant centre
Georgian classical facades were added to this Tudor mansion house by Parker family in the 1740s and later work was added by Robert Adams and Thomas Chippendale. The grand interior is augmented with intricate 18th-c plasterwork, stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces. Its many fine rooms are beautifully decorated with contemporary features and furnishings, including several magnificent 19th-c chandeliers and many fine portraits and paintings.
Saltram's beautiful riverside gardens contain an 18th-c summer house, an orangery and several interesting follies, as well as a beautiful shrubbery and many imposing specimen trees.
Opening times: Apr~Oct, 12 to 4.30pm Admission Charge
Location: Plympton, Devon, PL7 1UH - Tel: 01752 333500 Website
Facilities: parking, licensed restaurant, shop
Image Credit: Stefan Schweihofer (CC0)
Attractions & Theme Parks:
Crealys | Cobbaton | Combe Martin | Dartington Crystal | Diggerland | Milky Way | Paignton Steam Railway | Pecorama | Tuckers Maltings | Watermouth Castle | Woodlands Park | Country Life | Quaywest Waterpark
Castles, Museums & Heritage Sites:
Allhallows Museum | Bicton Park | Buckfast Abbey | Buckland Abbey | Castle Drogo | Compton Castle | Coldharbour Mill | Cookworthy Museum | Dartmoor Prison Museum | Finch Foundry | Morwellham Quay | Otterton Mill | Powderham Castle
Gardens & Historic Houses:
Arlington Court | Bradley Manor | Greenway Garden | Coleton Fishacre | Killerton House | Knightshays Court | Marwood Hill | Overbeck's | RHS Garden Rosemoor | Saltram
Nature, Wildlife & Scenic Sites:
Buckfast Butterfly Farm | Canonteign Falls | Dartmoor | Exmoor | Exmoor Zoo | Lydford Gorge | Quince Honey Farm
Please note that the above information was accurate at the time this page was last updated. This information is subject to change at any time (opening times in particular), therefore if you plan on visiting any of the above attractions, please check the owner's website first or phone them for the latest details.