We try to find free and cheap things to do, as well as visiting well known tourist attractions when we stay in new areas. On our last trip to Devon we came across the Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, which is a hidden gem that I wanted to share with you.
A couple of years ago, we had the pleasure of visiting North Devon for a wedding and decided to make a weekend of it. As a child, I spent many family holidays in Woolacombe and visited there several times in adult life too, so we were keen to return. We chose to stay in Barnstable as it was in between both the beach and the wedding venue.
It was quite by chance that we came across Broomhill Sculpture Gardens whilst driving to our hotel on the first day. We returned the next morning and spent a good 90 minutes walking through the woodland trails admiring a vast array of sculptures. You could easily spend longer.
There is an art hotel in the grounds with a newly refurbished restaurant which is open to non-residents. We didn’t eat there but it smelt delicious. The indoor art gallery is now situated in the restaurant and you can go and look even if you are not dining. I would recommend going early to appreciate the paintings and sculptures before people start eating.
I believe there are 300 sculptures on show at Broomhill. There’s something to suit all tastes.
A babbling stream weaves its’ way through the lower sculpture gardens making it the perfect place for meditation or just a bit of time out.
There are so many different types of sculptures which get replaced as they sell. I should imagine the gardens alter with the changing seasons, so you can get a totally different experience with each visit.
At only a fiver for adults or £11.50 for a family of 4, Broomhill Sculpture Gardens are a very cheap couple of hours entertainment. I’d totally recommend a visit if you like art or want to go somewhere different for a good workout – It is set in the hills with some steep inclines to access some areas!
You can read more about Broomhill Sculpture Gardens over on The Places We Will Go and view more photos of the gardens and surrounding areas on my Tea & Cake for the Soul Facebook page.