Ideas for days out and places to visit in Devon

Activity, Coast, Family days out, Free activities, Natural beauty, Walking, Wildlife

Dawlish Warren

Something for everyone - beach, nature reserve, golf, walks, amusements and rides

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Family days out, History, Local attractions

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Exeter's world-class museum, with stunning displays and galleries.

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Cycling, Family days out, Fishing, Walking, Wildlife

Grand Western Canal Country Park

Horse drawn barge trips, cafés, canal themed play park, visitor centre, boat hire, gift shop, picnic sites.

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Food and drink

Sheppy’s House of Cider

200 years of cider making history. Orchard walks, tours and tastings. Farm shop and cafe. Heritage museum.

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Tiverton Museum - Things to do

Activity, Family days out, History, Local attractions

Tiverton Museum of Mid-Devon Life

Explore the museum’s large, outstanding collections and trace the fascinating history of Mid Devon.

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Hembury fort - Things to do

Family days out, History, Local attractions, Natural beauty

Hembury Fort

Hembury Hillfort, an ancient East Devon landmark close to the town of Honiton.

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Bear Trail - Things to do

Activity, Family days out

The Bear Trail, Cullompton

Award-winning adventure assault course for all the family!

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Arts and crafts, Family days out, Local attractions

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Situated in Honiton, the gallery occupies the whole of Elmfield House, the former home of the artist Thelma Hulbert. Admission is free.

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Ark Pottery

Arts and crafts

Ark Pottery

Ark Pottery is a studio pottery, set in the beautiful countryside of East Devon, established in the 1970s by the Glanville family.

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Arts and crafts

The Old Kennels

A quiet rural retreat where you can learn or improve traditional arts and crafts.

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Activity, Arts and crafts, History, Natural beauty

Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre

Withies in the Somerset Levels, basketwork, visitors' centre, willow sculptures and more.

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Goodiford Mill Fishery

Fishing

Goodiford Mill

15 acres of countryside with a specimen carp lake, silver fish lake and exceptional coarse fishing.

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Forest walks at Forest Glade

Cycling, Natural beauty

Local cycling routes

Cycling routes in our area, on the Blackdown Hills.

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Countryside walking valley of the goats

Natural beauty, Walking, Wildlife

Wild Walks – Devon Wildlife Trust

Enjoy beautiful landscapes and local wildlife.

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Sidmouth Market in Devon

Food and drink

Farmers Markets

There are regular farmers markets locally – details are available from our Tourist Information Room.

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Food and drink

Otter Brewery

We stock this locally-brewed, hand-crafted, award-winning ale in our shop

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Food and drink

Tricky Cider

Made on the Blackdown Hills and stocked in our shop. Cider tasting, talks & short tours, pre-booking is recommended.

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Food and drink, Natural beauty

Pebblebed Vineyard

Topsham - English wine tasting and vineyard tours.

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Food and drink

Southern Cross, Newton Poppleford

Tea room with cream teas and homemade cakes.

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Food and drink, Gardens, Local attractions

The Old Well

Garden centre near Sampford Peverell, with cafe and restaurant.

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Food and drink

Royal Oak Farm, Stockland

Cream teas and PYO

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Things to do - The Aviator, Dunkeswell

Food and drink

The Aviator, Dunkeswell Airfield

Open 9am to 11pm. Bar, restaurant and café. Breakfasts, meals & snacks, cream teas, Sunday carvery. Airfield viewing area. Tel. 01404 891226.

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The Six Bells Inn

Food and drink

The Six Bells Inn, Payhembury

The Six Bells Inn stands at the centre of Payhembury Village and offers a warm welcome.

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Food and drink

The Five Bells, Clyst Hydon

Tel. 01884 277288. Home cooked food, beer garden with play equipment. Children welcome.

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Food and drink

The Drewe Arms, Broadhembury

Seafood a speciality. Tel: 01404 841267.

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Food and drink

The Otter Inn, Weston

nr. Honiton. Children welcome. Beer garden. Tel. 01404 42594.

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Food and drink

Blacksmiths Arms, Plymtree

Traditional village pub – home cooked food, garden. Children welcome (but no highchairs).

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Food and drink

Keepers Cottage, Kentisbeare

On Cullompton road. Bar food and restaurant. Tel: 01884 266247

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Gardens

Hestercombe Gardens

Paradise restored, near Taunton, offers four centuries of garden design across fifty acres.

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Gardens

Burrow Farm Gardens

13 acres of gardens, situated in the idyllic countryside between Axminster & Honiton.

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Food and drink

Wyndham Arms, Kentisbeare

Traditional village pub - Whitbread Ales, pub food. Children welcome. Tel. 01884 266327

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Things to do -Off-road mountain biking at Plym Bridge Woods, Devon

Activity, Cycling, Natural beauty

Cycling

Local Cycle Routes. The Blackdown Hills website has details of cycling routes near the park.

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Things to do - Dartmoor roadblock

Activity

Horse riding

Our nearest riding stables are just 1.5 miles away in Sheldon. Please ask at Reception for details.

Activity

Golf

There are several local golf courses, the nearest being Padbrook Park at Cullompton. There are also courses in Honiton, Sidmouth, and Tiverton and a driving range near Sidmouth.

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Things to do - The Aviator, Dunkeswell

Activity

Skydiving

A great way to raise money for charity, or as an alternative birthday or anniversary present! Skydive UK are one of the country's leading Skydiving schools. They are up on Dunkeswell Airfield.

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Things to do - The Aviator, Dunkeswell

Activity

Devon and Somerset Gliding Club

At North Hill is just the other side of the forest from the park and you can book a trial flight.

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morwellham quay

Activity, Family days out, History, Local attractions

Morwellham Quay

An historic river port, where history comes to life on the edge of the river Tamar.

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Family days out, History, Local attractions

Bygones

Bringing the past alive - objects related to railways and history in Torquay.

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Activity, Family days out, History

Beer Quarry Caves

Near the beautiful Jurassic coast, tour the vast underground caverns created by the quarrying of Beer stone.

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Maltings Taphouse

Food and drink, History

The Maltings Taphouse

Over 70 traditional local beers and over 100 craft beers from the UK and across the world can be enjoyed in a room which was part of one of the last working malthouses.

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History, Local attractions

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is one of the greatest cathedrals in England and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere.

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Things to do - Castle Drogo Devon - North west corner

Family days out, Gardens, History, Local attractions, Natural beauty, Walking

Castle Drogo

The last castle to be built in England and set above the stunning Teign gorge.

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Things to do - Exe Estuary at A la Ronde

Coast, Gardens, History, Local attractions, Natural beauty

A La Ronde

Near the sandy beaches of Exmouth. A unique 16-sided house with interesting contents.

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Things to do in Devon - Autumn at Knighthayes

Activity, Family days out, Gardens, History, Local attractions, Natural beauty

Knightshayes

A fascinating Victorian country house, nearby, with beautiful gardens and a working kitchen garden.

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Things to do - Killerton Devon

Family days out, Gardens, Local attractions, Natural beauty, Walking

Killerton House

Our nearest National Trust property with a lovely park and annual costume exhibition.

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Uffculme River Beach - Things to do

History

Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme

A 200 year old spinning mill still producing worsted knitting yarn, with occasional 'steam up' days.

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History

Cullompton Cloth Trail

There is a long history of cloth and clothing production in settlements and mills using water power along the Culm.

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Things to do in Devon - Wolford Chapel

History

Wolford Chapel, Dunkeswell

A little piece of Canada in the middle of Devon.

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Wildlife - Buzzard at Forest Glade

Activity, Family days out, Local attractions, Wildlife

Yarak Birds of Prey

Yarak Falconry Centre, 'For the ultimate, hands-on experience'.

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Things to do - Jurassic Coast

Coast, Local attractions, Natural beauty, Walking

The Jurassic Coast

A unique world heritage site on our doorstep, named after the best known of the geological periods found within it, but spanning 185 million years.

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Things to do in Devon - Culm Valley

Cycling, Family days out, Local attractions, Natural beauty, Walking

Blackdown Hills

We are on the edge of this AONB. Find out why it is so special.

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Things to do - Exmoor Coastline

Coast, Cycling, Family days out, Local attractions, Natural beauty

Exmoor

National park with moorland, pretty villages and a stunning coastline.

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Things to do - Cadover Bridge, Upper Plym Valley, Dartmoor

Cycling, Family days out, Local attractions, Natural beauty, Walking

Dartmoor

National Park famed for its tors and valleys, wild ponies and panoramic views.

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History, Local attractions, Natural beauty, Wildlife

War Horse Valley Country Farm Park

War Horse Valley Country Farm Park. Visit the place that inspired Michael Morpurgo to write 'War Horse'.

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Activity, Family days out, Local attractions

Stock car and banger racing at Smeatharpe

Stock car and banger racing at Smeatharpe.

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Activity, Coast, Family days out, Natural beauty

Stuart Line Cruises

Cruises on the River Exe, along the Jurassic Coast and Round Robin trips via boat and train.

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Family days out, Local attractions, Wildlife

World of Country Life

Animals, play areas and entertainment, both outdoors and under cover. Great family fun.

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Guinea Pig Fishing Axminster Wildlife Park

Family days out, Local attractions, Natural beauty, Wildlife

Axe Valley Wildlife Park

A small, friendly zoo - an excellent day out for families.

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Seaton Tramway

Family days out, History, Local attractions

Seaton Tramway

Discover East Devon’s glorious Axe valley from the top of a heritage tram.

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Activity, Family days out, Local attractions

Pecorama

Railways, gardens, play areas, crazy golf.

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Activity, Family days out, Local attractions, Walking

Wildwood Escot

Amazing animals and birds, maze, outdoor adventure play, drop-slide and authentic Saxon Village.

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Activity, Family days out, Local attractions

Diggerland

Drive diggers and much more.

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Cycling - Things to do

Cycling, Natural beauty, Walking

Abbotshood Cycle Hire

On the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton and hire out bikes for adults and children. Delivery to park.

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Fishing, Food and drink

Hollies Trout Farm

Open all year round from dawn to dusk offering fresh fish, gourmet fish products and most importantly superb fly fishing.

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Family days out, Local attractions

Crealy Adventure Park

All weather action and adventure park.

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Bicton Palm House

Activity, Family days out, Gardens, Local attractions, Natural beauty

Bicton Park

Indoor and outdoor play areas, train rides, botanical gardens.

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