Broomhill Sculpture Gardens
Voted 12th 'Best Alfresco Destination for the Arts in the UK’ in The Times newspaper 2015
“...one of the largest and loveliest permanent collections of sculpture in the southwest.” – The Times
An eclectic collection of over 300 sculptures sited on 15 acres of magnificent wild woodland valley and beautifully cultivated gardens. The sculptures are carefully placed within their natural environment to ensure the best display and appreciation. There is something for every taste; from abstract to figurative the sculptures evoke strong emotional responses and inspire future generations. The landscape itself is a work of art, with secret pathways and steps, exploring the gardens is a journey of discovery. The gardens and woodland are bursting with wildlife too!
Broomhill is situated two miles from Barnstaple; England’s oldest borough and Gold Award winner for the prettiest floral town in Europe. A stunning late Victorian hotel with a twist, there is fantastic art everywhere. Eight light and airy recently renovated bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant serving mouth watering slow food, a contemporary art gallery filled with gorgeous affordable art, not to mention the sculpture park! There is also an outdoor swimming pool for the hotel guests to use in the summer, and the site offers conference/meeting facilities and wedding packages too.
The hotel is owned and managed by Rinus and Aniet van de Sande; a genuine hard working couple. They are incredibly hands-on, ensuring that every guest is treated with the kindness and respect they deserve. They have tenaciously developed the hotel and sculpture park over the last 18 years, creating a natural and cultural oasis in the heart of North Devon.
Hotel guests are invited to explore the sculpture park for free, enjoy the contemporary art collection on sale in the gallery, and admire the Broomhill collection on display throughout the hotel.
You don't have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the benefits of Broomhill though! Entry to the hotel and gallery is free, and for a small charge non-hotel guests can explore the sculpture park. Why not book a meal with your visit, or sit on the sun terrace looking over the blooming gardens with a delicious cream tea.
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From Barnstaple, A39 towards Lynton, then left onto the B3230 towards Ilfracombe. Broomhill is sign posted 2 miles after the N.D.D.Hospital.
Probably the most spectacular way to arrive in North Devon is to follow the South West Cost Path along the North Somerset and North Devon coasts to Lynton, Ilfracombe and then inland to Barnstaple and Broomhill. More information including maps and links to accommodation here.
The North Devon area is well served by national and local cycle routes. Detailed maps and information here.
From the east, North Devon is best reached along the A361 then the A39. This route is reached from Junction 27 on the M5. If you are travelling from the west or south the best access is via the A39 up through Bude or the A386 from Okehampton. Follow the road to Lynton from Barnstaple town centre, then turn left towards Ilfracombe after the hospital. More information here.
Public Transport Directions
National Express operate schedules services from London, the Midlands and elsewhere to North Devon. More information here.
North Devon is served by the Tarka Line from Exeter St David's to Barnstaple. One of the countries prettiest scheduled train routes, it provides a beautiful entry to North Devon. Train schedules from your local station are available here.
If you are arriving by sea - then you will want mooring facilities. More information is available here(it is a site dealing with boat launching but includes contact details for mooring arrangements in North Devon.
To and from Lundy Island there is a ferry based at Bideford Harbour. More information here.
From France, Brittany Ferries offer a regular service from Roscoff in Britanny to Plymouth. More information here.
There are scheduled flights from Shannon, Eire and the Channel Islands to Exeter Airport and from Paris, Cork, Gatwick and other places in the UK to Plymouth Airport. More information here: Exeter or Plymouth
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