Northernhay Gardens are located in Exeter, Devon, England, on the northern side of Rougemont Castle. They are the oldest public open space in England, being originally laid out in 1612 as a pleasure walk for Exeter residents. The gardens are Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, and are maintained by Exeter City Council.
The site was originally quarried in Roman times for stone for the city walls. The gardens incorporate a stretch of Roman wall and the only length of Saxon town wall to be seen in England. They form a crescent shape bounded to the north by the West of England Main Line and Exeter Central railway station, and to the south by the castle and Rougemont Gardens. Their eastern entrance is at the head of Northernhay Place and the gardens open on the west to Northernhay Gate.
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James Aczel | Jun 15, 2018
The oldest public open space in England (dating from 1612) these gardens are a lovely place to walk, sit, chat and generally chill. There are remains of the ancient Roman city wall, the later Saxon wall, and Victorian additions There is also a striking monument to the dead of the World Wars. The figure of a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse is believed to be one of the first women to be depicted on a war memorial in Britain. There are four entrances to the gardens, all of which are now wheelchair accessible. However the slope up from Queen Street is very steep. These gardens are Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Cecil Lee | May 30, 2018
Peaceful, pretty gardens that merge with Rougemont Castle and grounds. Lovely to sit in on hot days, well connected to the town center, and a great place to read a book, especially with the library being so close. The only issue with it can be the sporadic closed days, especially after a bank holiday/festival has occurred, but other than that, a wonderful park to relax in.
Retro Rubbings | Mar 2, 2018
I love the way Northernhay looks and feels, it's a true gem within the city centre of Exeter. There's many historical monuments and statues within the park and it has a real sense of city based garden. The thing that let's it down is the abundance of homeless people drinking in the park and smoking dope. I fear that this is a park based in town where the select few brave enough to take drugs in public flock to. There's often a great deal of students walking in and around the park and gardens too, sometimes loud and obnoxiously shouting. I feel the Gardens would benefit from a form of security guard, watchman or a basic patrol in place.
Myra Latham | May 8, 2018
An amazing city garden, sometimes tranquil with beautiful views. Unfortunately neglected. Needles, condoms, bottles, litter are often seen. The council should seriously think about employing more care takers . A noticeable lack of gardening done. Reinstate the band stand, giving it over to local performing arts. Come on Exeter Council this should be one of Exeters pride and joys ,go on show off. PS to much weed smoking goes on in Northerhay Gardens.
Mark Wilson | Jun 3, 2018
Quiet place to sit, just outside the city centre. OK views. Sometimes a few drunks/druggies but they don't tend to bother you. Garden kept ok.
Bad Goblin | Jul 21, 2018
Perfect spot to read a book and people watch to your hearts content
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