Rougemont Gardens, Exeter, Devon

Rougemont Gardens is just behind the RAM Museum in Exeter, so if you’re planning a visit there it might do you well to take a picnic to have here afterwards. The gardens are one of the city’s green spaces, unique in that they are sited on what was once the bank and moat of Exeter Castle in the time of William the Conqueror. The gatehouse still stands, the oldest in the country, dating from 1068.

Equally fascinating are the parts of the Roman city walls which make a wonderful backdrop to the flowers, shrubs and trees that grow in Rougemont Gardens, among them a Giant Redwood. Until 1912 the gardens were private; nice that they became open to the public because it’s good to have spaces like this where you can come and escape the hustle and bustle of the streets and just enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.

Open dawn till dusk every day
T: 01392 665700    All information correct at the time of writing

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