Devon Sculpture Park and the Wilded Capability Brown gardens are extraordinary. They form the perfect backdrop for a creative, rewilded retreat. The gardens, including the main outdoor and indoor exhibitions, are open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Adults £12, children under 12 £6. Half price entry for repeat visits with DSP card. Parking is free.
‘One of the most beautiful gardens I have seen…’ Toby Buckland, gardener, TV presenter and author.
This is one of the last remaining Capability Brown gardens in the South West. It is surrounded by an ancient, Rewilded deer park. Mamhead Park (South) sits just a few miles south of Exeter on Haldon Hill facing south east with almost endless sea views. It is a centre for Natural Climate Solutions.
The estate is owned by the Letts family who invented the commercial diary over 200 years ago. The Letts publishing business has been a leader in personal media and education ever since. Today the family is focused on the arts, education and natural solutions to the climate crisis.
Lakes and streams weave through a number of historic buildings and follies, including the famed Robert Adam Orangery, providing constant contours for sculpture. Our nationally important collection of historic trees frame each vista and house thousands of birds and wildlife. Some of our trees are 1,000 years old, some were planted this year.
The sculpture park sits on a 100 acre Rewilding project which, along with the historic gardens, is leading the way in smaller scale Wilding programmes. Visitors get to experience natural climate solutions in action. Biodiversity abounds, nature leads. A place where time stood still. Where wildlife and plantlife regeneration comes first.
We believe that nature and wildlife form part of the living sculpture. Here they co-exist with environmental artworks. We see it as one vast art installation. After all, art is place.
Come and experience our approach to Rewilding and see the impact it makes first hand. You can even learn how to wild your garden or field. Book a Wilding Tour – CLICK HERE.
The first Wednesday of the month is Volunteer Day. Join us from 10.15am to help with the Wilded Capability Brown gardens. Connect with nature, meet other wonderful volunteers and learn Wilding gardening skills. We provide tools, refreshments and fun. You just need gardening gloves.
Please use directions below as Sat Nav is not always accurate.
Mamhead Park (South) is just above Mamhead and Ashcombe, a few miles South of Exeter. From Exeter or the M5 heading South take the A380 and exit at Old Haldon Hill. From Newton Abbot or Torquay take the A380 North and exit at Mamhead taking the 2nd right turn over the flyover.
Follow the road signed Mamhead & Dawlish for 3/4 mile and make sure to take the first right turn to Ashcombe. Go straight over the cross roads and continue on the lane for 1 mile, passing Mamhead Woods & the Obelisk on your left. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the junction signed Mamhead Village Hall. Devon Sculpture Park is on the left after 300 yds. You will see a thatched gatehouse and a sign for the sculpture park.
If you find yourself in Mamhead village pass the village hall on your left and at the first crossroads turn right up the hill. Continue for 1 mile and you will see the entrance and thatched gatehouse after a right bend.
Enter the private drive and continue to ‘PARKING’ area just before the church. Parking is free. Walk past the church up to the main entrance following signs to Capability Brown gardens.
Whichever way you come you can only enter the sculpture park from the Southern entrance to Mamhead Park.
Devon Sculpture Park
Mamhead Park (South)