Cockington

Cockington Gardens is set within the grounds of Cockingham Country Park in the picturesque village of Cockington and is only 1 mile from the sea front. Now managed by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, the gardens are a popular attraction for both visitors and locals. The park offers ornamental lakes, woodlands and formal garden set within 460 acres of natural beauty.  Open all year round there is plenty to do and see plus all areas are suitable for disabled and wheelchair users. Well behaved dogs are welcome if kept on a leash.

The historical Manor House at Cockington provides a wonderful backdrop for the scenery and facilities include a  beautiful walled garden, Craft centre, Art gallery and Tudor Rose Garden, with picnic areas, many paths and even a kids play area. This is truly a place where you can spend a whole day with the family over and over again. New features are still being added to various parts of the Cockington Country Park and many improvements have already been made.

The village of Cockington itself is like stepping back in time, and is home to the Church of St George and St Mary built around 1069. Many of the quaint properties in the village have delightful thatched roof’s. A horse drawn carriage ride can be the perfect end to a day out at Cockington Court and gardens and runs through the estate and it’s beautiful scenery to the village.

The park has a cafe and licensed restaurant serving a variety of dishes from cream teas to full Sunday lunches. Cockington Court and Country Park, including the gardens are all free to enter. Found at the rear of the Manor House is the magnificent walled garden, which was created in 18th century to provide vegetables for the household, in 1990it was fully restored and now helps to teach others about sustainable gardening, permaculture and how to attract wildlife that are beneficial. The walled garden has proven to be extremely popular and a treasure trove of useful information and tips that can be used today for a successful kitchen garden and fantastic crops.

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