8. Homeyards Botanical Gardens, Shaldon
Homeyards Botanical Gardens are situated on a sloping hillside above Shaldon and enjoy views of Teignmouth across the river and the East Devon and Dorset coastline to the north east. Features such as the castle, pond and rill garden, and the Italianate rockery make the Gardens an interesting place to explore. There are two accessible viewing platforms near the castle. The gardens are home to a tree trail and a poetry trail created by pupils from Shaldon Primary School and funded by Arts Council England. The castle hosts community events and is available for hire (please note that the castle is unmanned and does not have open access). The gardens have a long established Friends of Homeyards Botanical Gardens volunteer group who regularly work in the gardens and open the castle for coffee mornings. Please contact the Green Spaces team if you would like to support them.
Homeyards Botanical Gardens, Shaldon, TQ14 0BA (nearest)
- roadside parking
- parking for disabled drivers
- Italian garden
- accessible viewing platforms
- pond and rill garden
- tree trail
- poetry trail
- castle available to hire - applications must be made 24 weeks prior to event
Homeyards is an extremely steeply sloping site. Four of the five pedestrian entrances incorporate steep steps. The pergola entrance at the eastern end of the gardens is the most accessible. There are two long, surfaced paths running the length of the Gardens east-west, which are connected via steps north-south. The Italian Rockeries are currently undergoing renovation but continue to be enjoyed during the process. There are two parking bays for disabled vehicles.