Glorious gardens

Killerton. Picture: Simon Horn

Killerton. Picture: Simon Horn - Credit: Archant

For those looking for a family day out, they need look no further than what is on offer in East Devon.

Killerton, near Broadclyst, is an 18th-century house which is surrounded by gloriously landscaped garden and parkland.

Previously owned by The Acland family, the estate was left to the National Trust in 1944, for the benefit and enjoyment of everybody.

The large estate includes 6,400 acres of land, 250 cottages and 18 farms and offers visitors a number of attractions, including a plant centre, second-hand bookshop, tours of the house and a fashion collection.

The collection contains many pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, but also features items from as early as 1690 and the 20th century is well represented, with couture pieces from designers such as Chanel.

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And this Christmas, visitors can enter the world of Hans Christian Andersen and explore the icy world of the Snow Queen. Follow Gerda’s journey to rescue her best friend Kay from the Snow Queen’s ice castle, where he has been imprisoned.

There will also be the chance to follow the twinkling trail through the garden and parkland.

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Entry to the house at Christmas is through bookable timed tickets and normal admission fees apply.

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