Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon
If you like historic houses you won’t want to miss out on a visit to National Trust owned Killerton near Exeter, so pop it on your list of things to do when you’re on your large group holidays in Devon. This 18th century house stands in formal gardens at the heart of over 6,400 acres of glorious English parkland, so in line with a lot of NT properties, you know what to expect – a wonderful family day out, to sum it up.
Inside Killerton House are the collections of the family who have lived here since the 16th century; of particular note are the portraits and the incredible collection of dresses from the 18th to the 20th century, a treat for any fashionista. Outdoors, those formal gardens are a delight, with rare shrubs and trees from all over the world; in spring there are spectacular displays of magnolias and azaleas, a sight to behold indeed. Things you really must see are the ice house and the bear hut with it’s quirky deer knuckle floor cobbles.
What’s good about National Trust places is that they are so family friendly and Killerton is no exception; grown ups can enjoy the gardens, kids can let off steam running about in the fresh air, there are trails to follow, fallen trees to clamber over and dens waiting to be built. If you feel the need to take five, go and sit in the chapel and enjoy the tranquility, then round off your visit with tea and cake in the café.
Opening times vary throughout the year so check the website before you go.
T: 01392 881345 All information correct at the time of writing