Summer gardens in Exeter and beyond

These are some of our favourite gardens for exploring, playing and relaxing.

Wheelbarrow full of freshly picked vegetables in the garden in July at Knightshayes Court


Knightshayes is a delight for gardening enthusiasts as well as those looking for peaceful, colourful and inspirational spaces to enjoy. The formal and woodland gardens are full of surprises, while the walled garden is an exemplary working kitchen garden, supplying the Stables Cafe.

Bright purple alliums in the garden

Castle Drogo 

There's plenty to delight green-fingered visitors at Castle Drogo, including the Lutyens-designed formal garden, a rose garden, the recently-restored rhododendron garden, kids' favourite the Bunty House, and the croquet lawn.

killerton garden terrace devon border


Killerton is home to trees from all continents (except Antarctica) and many of them are at their most impressive in summer. There are different levels to explore in the garden, all hiding different secrets - can you find the bear's hut and the ice house?

Leith Hill Place Croquet

A la Ronde 

The lawn at A la Ronde is the perfect place to enjoy garden games, whilst the orchard is a wonderful space for a picnic.