Some of our favourite days out in Devon
Below is a potted guide to what Devon has for the whole family to explore.
Whether its places to eat, drink, stay, shop, attractions, places of Interest, History or Areas of Natural Beauty.
For those that are not frequent visitors…
Devon is situated on England’s South-west coast and I know you will agree once you have been that its undoubtedly one of the most stunning parts of the country.
With its beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, coastal landscapes, country lanes and an abundance of cosy little picturesque villages and harbourside towns that are filled with chocolate box cottages, thatched roofs and hanging baskets.
Then there’s the moorland heath, carpeted in a lavender hue of heather, with the golden yellow of gorse, hugging the landscape like a barbed wire jumper, where wild animals roam and graze on the course land they call home.
It’s a place steeped in history, folklore, legend & mystery, combine that with the smell of fish and chips, local harbour’s with yachting marinas, quaint little shops, National Trust, exquisite architecture and historical fishing villages, 150 year old piers, seaside towns, boat trips, shops, attractions, eateries, bars, festivals, carnivals and regattas and so much more..
But that in a nutshell is Devon… and if that isn’t enough for you, the county hosts such a variety of activities, there are great Days Out for the whole family in Devon, no matter their age, interests and whatever the time of year.
This stunning gorge,is the deepest gorge in the South West and situated west of Dartmoor, it definitely makes for a great family day out, especially if adventuring and exploring is your thing.
What to do
Besides the breathtaking natural landscape, it includes the famous ‘Devil’s Cauldron’ and the White Lady Waterfall, which stands at an incredible 27m high.
You can take the chance to get lost in nature for a day with the family and follow some of the National Trust’s trails to make sure everyone has a fun, and safe day out.
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Devon’s most magnificent historic gardens – a great day family day out. Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent, manicured to perfection gardens, which are set in East Devon’s picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and South-west England’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
What to do
The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquility with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages including historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, The Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, ice-free skating, restaurant and shop.
A treat for all ages…
It has the longest established 18-inch gauge railway, which runs everyday except Christmas and Boxing Day.
A scenic ride around the park on Bicton Woodland Railway is a treat for children and grown-ups alike.
With over 64 acres to explore, we know you’ll have a great day out learning about the horticulture and history of the landscape.
An ancient woodland park on the edge of Dartmoor, 10 minutes from the A38 expressway and is well signposted from local roads. By car, they are roughly 30 minutes from Exeter, 45 minutes from Plymouth and 40 minutes from Torbay, depending on traffic.
What to do
Whether it’s warm or cool, you can’t escape the stunning natural views, as the water cascades over the rocks, the most amazing photos lined up by nature, for you to snap in a minute and keep forever!
Listen to the sound of the water gushing past, then gently trickling over rocks and pebbles, it has a calming effect on your soul that you can’t deny.
Becky falls definitely makes you feel close to nature and with some of the cleanest air in the UK, you can feel the breeze of the moorland gently blowing on your face and know that it’s only doing you good, you truly do feel revived after your visit.
Besides the above, there’s something for everyone at Becky Falls, from exploring the beautiful river walks, scrambling across the boulders to the children’s stamp trail – prize for every child!
And for something different, why not, get up close and personal and enjoy the animal feeding sessions and meet some of the friendly and 8 legged residents at the animal and crawly encounters.
They could be furry, scaly or even have 8 legs! No session the same.
And all shows and activities are included in the entrance fee its a great family day out.
After all that you can relax in the licensed woodland café and take a look around the gift shop for a souvenir, gift or memory of your visit.
Then there’s the award winning family Theme Park in Devon.
Crealy Theme Park & Resort
If you’re looking for exhilarating, all action, family fun with theme park rides, animals and plenty of fun things to do for the whole family.
Then look no further, with over over 60 rides and attractions, fantastic live entertainment shows, animal experiences, keeper experiences & Bug experiences.
You can certainly see why Crealy Theme Park & Resort is quite often voted The Best Day out in Devon, we had the best family day out and we know you will as well.
And for the most adventurous of you, they have rides like The Vortex, Twister, Flying Dutchman,Tidal Wave log Flume, Maximus Rollercoaster, Jolly Roger, Dolphin Drop, Lost World of Atlantis and plenty to do for little kids as well as big ones, there are so many rides and things to do the best things is go and see for yourself or check the website for Crealy Rides
Because there is so much to see and do, you’ll most likely need more than one day there, which is why the resort offers the perfect solution.
With a choice of wonderful accommodation, ranging from touring & camping pitches/ luxury glamping cabins & five-star luxury hot tub lodges.
The family Theme Park tickets are included with your stay.
The staff are great, they really do offer the warmest of warm welcomes and were helpful throughout our visit so if you need anything just ask.
How to get there
Located just a few minutes off Junction 30 of the M5, Exeter signposted and easy to find with plenty of free parking, they really have thought of everything.
And of course
Paignton Pier is an iconic and magnificent pier at 780 feet it opened in 1879 set at the centre of one of The English Riviera’s favourite beaches.
It is open all year and free to visit, making it a good all weather attraction for all budgets!
The pier offers magnificent views across the coast, and looks stunning at night, illuminating the sky leaving a sparkling reflection in the waters beneath it.
It is perfect for some traditional seaside fun with the whole family, with plenty to amuse and entertain with helter skelter, ten pin bowling, mega slide, bumper cars, trampolines, crazy golf and a rifle range to tease your taste buds with so much more to excite the senses., one things for sure you’ll never get bored.
It is all the fun of the fair with the total seaside experience.
You can smell the fabulous aroma of warm donuts, hamburgers and award winning fish and chips in the air and with the seafood bar, ice-cream and candy floss, your spoilt for choice, the sound and the excitement drawing you in each time!
The Fish and chips are quite possibly the best we’ve ever had, the fish was delicious the batter was light and crispy and the chips with a little salt and vinegar with the fresh sea air and views, made for a perfect seaside experience.
And If rides are not your thing the pier itself provides a unique chance to stretch your legs, blow the cobwebs off, get some fresh sea air, sit back and take in the outstanding views of Torquay to the north and Brixham to the south.
Its a wonderful day out for the whole family
Plymouth Boat Trips
We’ve been on the boat trips a few times whether it’s a party on board their cruise boats or trip around the dockyard or catching the cawsand and cremyll ferries.
It’s great to get off the land and enjoy the fabulous places around Plymouth and South Hams, some beautiful sights and views so make sure you have your camera’s ready.
Ben is a great guy and the staff give a lovely warm welcome to all, the commentary, can be quite funny as well, it’s a fun day out.
Plymouth boat trips offer a full range of services including Ferry’s, Fishing & Cruising.
Whether you’re looking to cruise the River Tamar, have a trip around the Naval dockyard listening to the commentary with the family, go Fishing with a group of friends or Party the night away.
And it’s dog friendly as well
You can cruise on one of their spacious and luxurious cruise boats, where they can tailor the cruise to fit your needs.
They are confident that they will have what you’re looking for, making each individual trip a memorable occasion.
Received a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor and the reviews are great…’Must do‘ …’A great experience‘….’Best way to see the harbour‘ ‘Amazing commentary‘…’ Informative educational and fun‘ and ‘A great party boat‘, ‘Had the best time ever‘
Check the video below
Smeatons Tower Lighthouse
on Plymouth Hoe,
Its more than 250 years old and is one of the city’s landmark buildings.
You can climb the 93 steps to the top and enjoy the amazing panoramic views of Plymouth and beyond!
The original lighthouse was Illuminated by 24 candles and first lit in October 1759 it stood at 22 metres high. In 1810 oil lamps with reflectors replaced the candles. These reflectors were then replaced with lenses in 1845, giving the tower a much better light intensity.
Smeaton’s robust tower set the pattern for a new era of lighthouse construction. However, by the mid-nineteenth century its days were numbered. The sea was undermining the rock that the lighthouse stood on and although technical improvements had been made in lighting methods, it was too small to contain the latest machinery.
The upper part of the lighthouse was taken down, brought ashore and rebuilt on a new granite base. Opened on Plymouth Hoe in September 1884, it remains one of the city’s most famous landmarks to this day. The remains of the original lighthouse can still be seen on the Eddystone reef and, on a clear day, the ‘stump’ and the current lighthouse can be seen on the horizon.
Now standing at 72 foot high, Smeaton’s Tower offers fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city from the lantern room which, along with the rest of the building, has been restored to its original glory.
Plymouth Hoe itself is great, with views a plenty and lots of eateries, ice cream cafes, bars, restaurant’s and even a children’s miniature train to ride and enjoy and a miniature golf putting green.
Whether it’s sunny overcast or raining, the views will never disappoint, so come check it out.
It’s a hidden gem, situated within Dartmoor National Park in the heart of Devon’s Teign Valley, natural and man-made waterfalls tumble down ancient rock formations to meet the tranquil lakes below, offering some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in Devon.
Canonteign Falls is a magnificent example of a Victorian folly set in a magical natural paradise and private parkland, its also the Winner of the Gold award for Devon’s best small tourist attraction as well.
Make your way up and through the magical Victorian fern garden, home to a collection of stunning ancient tree ferns the artist designed bridge and 11 ft Willow dinosaur.
With over 100 acres of wildlife and woodlands, Children’s play and adventure areas including a thirty metre zip wire, trampolines and a large climbing galleon there is something for the whole family.
Charming lakeside Cafe with sunny court yard, which serves local, homemade produce, and you can finish the day with a walk around the well stocked gift shop to find a souvenir or a gift for someone.
Dogs are very welcome on leads.
The waterfalls themselves are quite magnificent with a magical quality, they descend for over 70m through an ancient mystical woodland making this one of the most breathtaking attractions in Devon and definitely one to remember, you can certainly see why its ranked at the top attractions for Devon.
Open from March through to November Seven days a week. 10.00-16.00 in low season, 10.00-17.30 during school holidays.
In cases of bad weather please check the website for further information
Discount vouchers available on website – please check prices and updates on the website
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|2 adults 2 children||£25.00|
|Child under 4 years old||Free|
|OAP and student||£7.50|
Discount vouchers, Season Tickets and Group Discount available on website
The well trained and friendly staff offer a warm welcome and are on hand to ensure you have an unforgettable experience.
Your unique day offers some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in England with 3 scenic walks & established lakes
One things for sure is that, whether it’s a day trip or a 2 week break, Devon has it all and we know that your next visit will be one, you’ll never forget, with memories, photos and experiences that will last you a lifetime.
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