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17 accessible places to visit in Devon

17 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.

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Accessible country parks in Devon

Here’s some Devon country parks that are recommended as having accessible walking routes and facilities:

Stover Country Park

Accessible bird hide at Stover Country Park
Access to bird hide at Stover County 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

Lake at Decoy Country Park
There are accessible walks around the lake

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

Accessible bridge on walking route through Cockington Country Park
Boardwalk through Water Meadows at Coockington 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.

Berry Head Nature Reserve

View of the English Channel from Berry Head beauty spot
View from Berry Head

Berry Head Nature Reserve sits on a headland to the south of Brixham. As well as panoramic views of the South Devon coast you’ll find two forts here dating back to the Napoleonic Wars.

Paths at the reserve are wheelchair-friendly and you can find a visual guide to visiting on the Torbay Countryside Trust website.

The water at the bottom of the cliffs is a stunning turquoise, even on a blustery day. Wander around the ruined buildings that used to house soldiers and see what wildlife you can spot.

Once you’ve built up an appetite, stop by the award-winning Guardhouse Cafe for a snack, brunch or lunch.

Find out more about accessibility at Berry Head and other Torbay Countryside Trust sites.

Here’s my guide to visiting Berry Head Nature Reserve.

More wheelchair-friendly walks

Here are some more wheelchair-friendly walks in Devon that have been tried and tested by the Devon with Kids team and our community:

Avon Dam in Dartmoor

Children using coats as sailed on Avon Dam walk

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.

Read our guide to the Avon Dam walk.

Find out more about where to park and disabled facilities on the South West Lakes Trust website.

Tarka Trail

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 Farm

Pennywell Farm tractor

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.

Paignton Zoo

Viewing areas outside lion enclosure

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.

Find out more about visiting Paignton Zoo and its accessibility information.

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

Countryside scene at Babbacombe Model Village
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

Pirate adventure play area

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.

Sooty Land opened in 2022 with new wheelchair accessible play equipment too. There’s a swing and roundabout next to the Pier building which includes accessible indoor attractions.

Accessible wheelchair swing in Sooty Land at Crealy theme park
Wheelchair swing

Take a look at our full guide to days out at Crealy Adventure Park.

Find out more about accessibility at Crealy.

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Accessible family attractions in North Devon

Here are North Devon’s most accessible attractions:

The Milky Way

Film memorabilia at The Milky Way Adventure Park in North Devon

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.

Find more things to do in North Devon.

Accessible places to visit in West Devon

Here’s where to find accessible attractions in West Devon:

Made-well CIC

A colourful wheelchair accessible see saw in a playground at Made-Well CIC in Devon

Made-Well CIC in Hatherleigh has facilities and events open to the public including a café, petting and farm animals, a children’s play area, gardens and allotments. It’s newest addition is an inclusive community park with play equipment welcoming people of all abilities.

The park features a wheelchair accessible swing, seesaw and roundabout, as well as outdoor gym equipment such as a bike, arm bike, elliptical trainer and squat.

The Made-Well site is fully accessible for wheelchair users and there is a Changing Places Toilet, as well as a disabled toilet.

Find out more about Made-Well CIC at West Fishleigh Farm.

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

This unique Devon attraction has more than 50,000 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 out to another Devon day out or place that you think is accessible to all then let me know.

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