Around Exeter

Country house estates and glorious Devon gardens, quirky homes and stories to uncover

Places to visit

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Little known gems near Exeter

Where to go this summer?

Two girls sitting on a field making a daisy chain

Tick off your '50 things' around Devon 

Have you ever rolled down a really big hill, set up a snail race or made a grass trumpet? Have an adventure around Devon and tick off some more of your '50 things to do before you’re 11¾'.

The Drake portrait

Sir Francis Drake comes home to Buckland Abbey 

This year the portrait of Sir Francis Drake, which belongs to the National Portrait Gallery, is at Buckland Abbey, offering a rare opportunity to see this wonderful Elizabethan portrait exhibited in his former Devon home.

Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Upcoming events

Castle Drogo

Second hand book fair

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Castle Drogo will be holding a book fair where a variety of second hand books will be on sale for a suggested donation of £1 for a paperback, and £2 for a hardback. The money raised from these sales goes towards conservation of the stained glass...

Seeing the wood and the trees

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Killerton is celebrating 100 years of the Forestry Commission, telling the story of Francis Acland and his crucial role in its formation in 1919 and how we are looking after forests now for the future.

Inspirations from Knightshayes

Thu 20 Jun 2019
An embroidery exhibition by West Country Embroiderers Border Group

Tree of life

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Explore our link with nature through this fashion exhibition which delves into the use of plants in clothing worn through history.

Guided parkland walks

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Join a guided walk around the historic parkland and discover stories it holds.

Killerton garden tours

Thu 20 Jun 2019
Join one of our knowledgeable garden guides on an inspiring tour around Killerton’s historic garden. Explore the importance of the landscape and plant collection and enjoy some of the seasonal highlights.
Solsbury Hill

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including outdoor theatre, bee trails and book festivals.

Behind the scenes from experts


Home to remote and romantic landscapes, including a castle home and a house full of collections.


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.


You can find exotic gardens, ancient houses and mining history encircled by a much-loved coastline.