Around Plymouth

Moorland, woods, cycle trails, historic houses, gardens and coast close to this maritime city

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Kingston Lacy in Wimborne, Dorset

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High Brown Fritillary in the sun on a plant

A good news story: High Brown Fritillary is making a bumper early appearance 

The UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High Brown Fritillary, is making a bumper early appearance at a remote British habitat in North Devon, despite serious worries about their population.

Plymouth events

Upcoming events

Buckland Abbey

Art of Reflection - The Cosmic Egg

Tue 17 Jul 2018
A final flourish of the Art of Reflection exhibition

'Seasons of Change' in Cotehele Gallery

Tue 17 Jul 2018
Cotehele Gallery exhibits and sells the work of West Country artists and craft makers. This exhibition features the work of local landscape watercolour painter Peter Dolbear and handcrafted mirrors created by Joan Bose.

The Butterfly Count

Wed 18 Jul 2018
Pick up your count sheet and head to a quiet spot either in the garden or around the mill to see how many varieties of butterfly you can see enjoying this special place with you.

Discover more on a free garden tour

Wed 18 Jul 2018
If you'd like to find out more about Lanhydrock's beautiful listed garden, then come along to one of our free garden tours.

Fame and friendship-Kauffman and Reynolds at Saltram

Wed 18 Jul 2018
Join us as we celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts. Paintings by two of the founding members- Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kauffman, form part of the Parkers remarkable collection at Saltram.

Glorious Garden Tour

Wed 18 Jul 2018
This year marks the bicentenary of Humphry Repton who designed the spectacular landscaped garden at Antony. This walk and talk with the garden team will give you an insight into the celebrated designer.
A ranger guides a father and daughter rockpooling at Wembury, South Devon

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


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

English Riviera

Explore lush gardens and intriguing historic houses close by South Devon’s classic holiday coast