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Horticultural highlights

Both the Streatham Campus and St Luke's Campus are beautiful, botanically interesting and contribute to the biodiversity of the city of Exeter and the South West. 

The open spaces are available for the community to visit and enjoy and we have produced two guides to help guide you around points of interest.

The University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus is acknowledged as the most beautiful and botanically interesting of any UK University. Streatham Campus is described by The Times as the ‘best-gardened campus in Britain’ and by The Independent as having a ‘sublime’ setting.

Highlights include:

  • Reed Pond
  • Reed Arboretum and Italianate Garden
  • Poole Gate and Old Botanic Garden*
  • Plantation
  • Business School Courtyard and Alpine Beds*
  • Magnolia Lawn
  • Taddiforde Valley and Millennium Magnolias
  • Edinburgh Wild Conifer Collection
  • Birks Bank Arboretum
  • Reed Walled Garden and Azaras
  • International Garden
  • Cacti Beds*
  • Hybrid Azaleas
  • Cherry Orchard
  • Wildflower Roof, Henry Wellcome Building
  • Diamond Waterway

* suitable for wheelchair access


The grounds at St Luke’s are recognised as integral to the heritage, visual amenity and contribute to the biodiversity of both the city and the South West. The quality open space is available for the local community to visit and use responsibly. The landscaping and planting is designed to create a vibrant collegic atmosphere, with horticultural interest throughout the seasons, as well as summer sports facilities.

Highlights include:

  • College House
  • University of Exeter Medical School
  • Richards Building
  • Library
  • Quad
  • Rear of Sports Centre
  • Baring Crescent Entrance
  • Medical School Courtyard
  • Mosiac Garden (rear of Baring Court)
  • Staff Garden (Gated)
  • North Cloisters Courtyard
  • Heavitree Road Entrance
  • Path from Heavitree Road Entrance to Magdalen Road Car Park (through the Quad)  

St Luke’s Campus is fairly flat and all points are accessible.