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A visit to Tapeley Park

Written by Tracy Spear on

Tapeley Park near Instow has been home to the Christie family for more than two centuries. 

These beautiful gardens are open to the public six days a week (closed on Saturdays) and are a delight to explore - be it the formal lawns, edged with carefully tended hedges or the more natural permaculture garden which is one of the oldest in the UK.

Devon Xplorer outside Tapeley Park
Devon Xplorer outside Tapeley Park

The gardens at Tapeley Park
The gardens at Tapeley Park

With Italian terraces, ponds, lakes, woodland and even a vegetable garden it’s no wonder a trip to the tea rooms for welcome refreshments is scheduled!  There are plenty of picnic spots too with magnificent, panoramic views across the estuary, over surrounding countryside and even out to sea.

The estate is pesticide free, meaning that all vegetables and even the Highland Cattle herd grazing on the land are completely organic.

Highland Cattle at Tapeley Park
Highland Cattle at Tapeley Park

Devon Xplorer next to Highland Cattle
Devon Xplorer next to Highland Cattle

Tapeley Park hosts various events including outdoor theatre and charity events and what a truly magnificent setting for a wedding! Check their website to see what they have planned.

Be quick for a visit this year though as the gardens close at the end of October!

Tracy Spear

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