15 accessible places to visit in Devon
Whether you are looking for an accessible family attraction or a wheelchair-friendly walk or activity, this guide includes accessible places to visit in Devon that come highly recommended by the Devon with Kids community.
Accessible country parks in Devon
Here’s some Devon country parks that are recommended as having accessible walking routes and facilities:
Stover Country Park
Stover Country Park near Newton Abbot has flat walking routes, an accessible bird hide and aerial walkways around the lake. There are disabled toilet facilities at the visitor centre by the car park.
The Newton Abbot to Bovey Tracey cycle route runs through the park and has a tarmac surface. Other paths are flat but not surfaced.
Find out more about visiting Stover Country Park.
Decoy Country Park
This country park in Newton Abbot is not only a great free day out in Devon, it’s also got wheelchair accessible walks, a playground and toilet facilities.
There is an accessible walk around the lake and the splash pad in the playground is wheelchair accessible.
Find out more about Decoy Country Park.
Cockington Country Park
Cockington Court and Country Park are hidden away on the edge of Torquay in South Devon. The country park’s footpaths are tarmac and there are disabled facilities at the Cockington Court art studios.
Find out more about accessibility at Cockington and other Torbay Countryside Trust sites.
More wheelchair-friendly walks
Here are some more wheelchair-friendly walks in Devon that have been tried and tested by friends of Devon with Kids:
Didworthy to Avon Dam in Dartmoor
This 2.5 mile walk in South Dartmoor follows a tarmac route along the River Avon to the Reservoir Dam. The last half mile has a steep gradient with loose gravel.
Find out more about where to park and disabled facilities on the South West Lakes Trust website.
There’s 180 miles of paths and cycle trails on the Tarka Trail in North Devon. One of the best sections for wheel chair users is between Braunton to Torrington.
Find out more about the route.
Accessible playgrounds in Devon
There are lots of modern adventure playgrounds across Devon with accessible play equipment. Here’s one that excels:
The PlayPark in Topsham, Exeter
The PlayPark in Exeter is an accessible adventure playground – the sixth most accessible in the World no less – including swings, trampoline, roundabouts, slides and a sand pit.
The park was designed with Mencap and has recently been refurbished with help from Exeter City Council.
Find The PlayPark on King George V Playing Fields at Topsham (EX2 6HE).
Accessible family attractions in South Devon
Here are South Devon’s accessible attractions where the whole family can enjoy a day out:
Pennywell at Buckfastleigh is one of Devon’s top family days out and prides itself on being accessible to all. It’s the South West’s largest farm park where you can meet animals, enjoy talks and play.
Find out more about accessible days out at Pennywell Farm.
This zoo in Paignton, South Devon, has maps with the best routes for wheelchair users. Viewing areas have level access and low windows. The restaurant and all the indoor enclosures are accessible, and there are lots of disabled toilet facilities.
Dartmouth Steam Railway
Dartmouth Steam Railway runs vintage locomotives along the scenic line between between Paignton and Kingswear in South Devon.
There’s level access to stations at Paignton, Churston and Kingswear and a ramp allowing wheelchair access to the guard’s van.
Find out more about access to trains and other services run by Dartmouth Steam Railway.
Babbacombe Model Village
This small attraction near Torquay is a fun place to visit for all ages with models to appeal to children and adults alike.
Be aware that it is set in a valley so people with mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs will find it easier to navigate by themselves. Carers and helpers will need to feel strong on the day you visit.
Find out more about visiting Babbacombe Model Village and its accessibility statement.
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Accessible days out in East Devon
Here are some accessible places to visit in East Devon:
Crealy Adventure Park & Resort
Out of all Devon’s theme parks we’ve always found Crealy Adventure Park the near Exeter the most welcoming.
The site is mostly flat and they say ‘the vast majority of the rides and attractions’ are designed to be fully accessible to disabled guests.
Find out more about accessibility at Crealy.
Find more things to do in East Devon.
Accessible family attractions in North Devon
Here are North Devon’s most accessible attractions:
The Milky Way
This brilliant theme park in North Devon is a great option for dry and wet weather days out. It’s all on the level and a lot of it is undercover, including rides, play areas, sports activities and pottery painting.
Find out more about visiting The Milky Way near Bideford and its accessibility information.
The Big Sheep
The Big Sheep is another full-on, fun family day out in North Devon that pays plenty of attention to all its guests. The site is mostly wheelchair accessible and has plenty to offer visitors of all abilities.
Meet animals and see live shows in the outdoor and indoor arenas.
Find out more about visiting The Big Sheep and its accessibility information.
Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle
Another of Devon’s popular theme parks that does well for accessibility is Watermouth Castle. There is a wheelchair accessible, tarmac route around the park but be aware there are some slopes. The park says 60% is wheelchair accessible but this doesn’t include the rides. There’s still plenty to see and do.
Find out more about visiting Watermouth Castle and its accessible facilities.
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Accessible places to visit in Mid-Devon
Here’s where to find accessible attractions in Mid-Devon:
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
This unique Devon attraction has more than 45,000 square foot of vintage rides and fairground fun. Dingles is also a museum telling the story of travelling fairs, the people who worked at them and the evolution of the rides. The whole site has level access and there are accessible facilities.
Find out more about visiting Dingles Fariground Heritage Centre and its accessibility information.
More accessible places to visit in Devon
This round up for accessible places to visit in Devon is based on recommendations from members of the Devon with Kids Facebook page.
You might also like to check out my guide to things to do in Devon with toddlers which includes pushchair accessible family attractions, museums and animal parks.
If you want to give a shout to to another Devon day out or place that you think is accessible to all then let me know.
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