5 Interesting days out near Exeter

When you opt for Bed and Breakfast at Reed Hall, you’re just a short walk from the centre of historical Exeter. Not only can you benefit from numerous exciting goings on in the thriving city, but you’re also surrounded by what can only be described as the fruitful county of Devon. Here are just 5 options we think you’ll enjoy:

  1. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

Set in East Devon’s picturesque Otter Valley, these beautifully sculpted gardens span more than 300 years of history. Visitors can enjoy the splendour of the grounds with extensive outdoor walks. For a less energetic visit, the Bicton Woodland Railway offers a whistle stop, guided tour. Avid botanists can marvel at the many diverse plant collections,

whilst the younger visitors may be more excited by the play areas and nature trails. http://www.bictongardens.co.uk/

  1. Paignton Zoo

A combined zoo and botanical gardens boasting 2,000 animals and 1,600 species of plant, Paignton Zoo stands out as one of the most interesting places to visit during your bed and breakfast stay in Exeter. Prepare to get up close and personal with a variety of animals, from gorillas to lions, traverse crocodile infested swamps and much more. It is only a short drive from Exeter and trains run at regular intervals from St David’s Station. http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/

  1. Jurassic Coast

As a county, Devon can lay claim to some of the most outstanding natural scenery in the country. The Jurassic Coastline, is a World Heritage Site, which stretches from nearby Exmouth to Swanage in Dorset. As the fifth greatest natural wonder in Britain, it’s towering, craggy cliffs document over 180 million years of history. http://jurassiccoast.org/

  1. Castle Drogo

Officially the last castle to be built in England in 1930, Castle Drogo is currently undergoing major refurbishment, but remains open for the general public. Drogo is truly unique in design, incorporating design features from all ages. It’s beautifully manicured garden is populated with magnolias, rhododendrons and roses, which stand out in stark contrast to the Dartmoor landscape beyond. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo/

  1. Dartmoor

As one of the few real wildernesses left in England, boasting sweeping moorlands and granite tors, Dartmoor has retained its distinct magical quality that few other places can match. Take a leisurely stroll and you may stumble across prehistoric standing stones and Bronze Age hut circles, or failing that a good old fashioned Devonshire pub. Getting to Dartmoor from your Exeter bed and breakfast is easy. It’s only a short drive or there are regular buses from the city. www.dartmoor.co.uk/

So, if you’re at a loose end this weekend, come and enjoy bed and breakfast accommodation at Reed hall and explore Exeter and beyond.