Devon Attractions, Places to see Devon | Exeter Court Hotel

Devon Attractions

Experience and discover a range of Devon attractions during your stay at Exeter Court Hotel. Here’s just a few:

History & Culture

Powderham Castle is located beside the River Exe. Built in 1391 by Sir Philip Courtenay, it has remained in the same family to this day and is currently home to the 18th Earl of Devon. The castle was restored after it was severely damaged in the Civil War. It is perfect for all the family and regularly holds guided tours with historical information about the castle.

Castle Drogo is a country house near Drewsteignton, Exeter. It was the last castle to be built in England (in the 1910’s and 1920’s) and was built for Julius Drewe, a successful local businessman. It is situated at a height of nearly 300 metres set above the Teign Gorge with dramatic views overlooking Dartmoor.

Gardens

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens are grade 1 listed historic gardens set in east Devon’s picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and South West England’s Jurassic Coast. This fabulous landscaped park combines 18th Century tranquillity with modern amenities. Younger visitors can enjoy the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf and indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes.

Northernhay Gardens are the oldest public gardens in the UK. They were quarried in the Roman times for stone to build the adjacent city walls. They were laid out by the City Chamber for the public recreation at an unusually early date of 1612. Like Powderham Castle, the park was destroyed in the Civil War and then restored in 1664. Since then it has been a continuous tradition to maintain the park as a major city amenity.

Family Days Out

South Devon Railway is perfect for families. It travels 7 miles along the beautiful River Dart to Totnes. There is also a railway museum, engine sheds, a maze, cafe, refreshments and an adventure playground all at the South Devon Railway base.

Pennywell Farm is popular with younger children. It is an all weather, all day attraction where you can watch displays of birds of prey and visit the hedgehog sanctuary, just to name a few.