A garden entrance links the Victorian museum to its historic surroundings and the neighbouring Rougemont and Northernhay gardens. Exeter is one of only five sites classified by English Heritage as an Area of Archaeological Importance.
Contrasting with the city-centre bustle of the Queen Street entrance, this new entrance offers a leisurely approach to the museum and easy access to the arts centre, library and castle. A new bridge from the entrance leads visitors to the Roman wall and panoramic views of the oldest public open gardens in England and the city.
Linking the Garden Entrance to Rougemont Gardens, and placing the Roman Wall in a perfect setting is a new informal open area – the Garden – which is for picnics, live events, and quiet repose. This area was made possible by funding from Viridor Credits, an independent, not-for-profit organisation which provides funding for community, heritage and biodiversity projects around the UK through the Landfill Communities Fund.