As a family with a four-legged friend we know it can be a challenge finding days out to please everyone. But the more places you can visit together the better, particularly when you are planning weekend adventures or a family holiday where leaving your pooch at home is not an option. Below is my list of the dog-friendly attractions in Devon that will welcome you all.
I’ve also thrown in a list of some Devon beaches that are dog-friendly all year round.
Got a while to stay? Here’s our BIG guide to family holidays in Devon.
Dog-friendly attractions in Devon where they can visit on a lead
Here’s some fun Devon family attractions where your dog can join you on a lead:
Days out with dogs in South Devon
Treat you dog to a day out at these South Devon attractions:
- South Devon Railway – steam railway line between Buckfastleigh and Totnes with museum
- Dartmouth Steam Railway and river cruises – steam train rides between Paignton and Kingswear and boat trips along the River Dart from Dartmouth to Totnes
- Babbacombe Model Village – model village set in beautiful gardens near Torquay
- Babbacombe Cliff Railway – historic cliff railway connecting Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach
- Greenway National Trust gardens only – Agatha Christie’s former holiday home with winding paths through beautiful gardens.
- Coleton Fishacre gardens only – stunning subtropical gardens in a valley that winds down to the sea
- Saltram grounds – Georgian mansion surrounded by acres of woodlands and riverside walks with play areas and a cycling tracks.
- Bygones – a museum of British history in Torquay with a Victorian street scene, wartime curiosities and vintage amusements
- Totnes Castle – a Norman motte and Bailey castle that you can climb
- The Golden Hind (small dogs on leads) – a full-size replica of Sir Francis Drakes Golden Hind, which was the first ship to sail around the globe. It’s now a museum
- Powderham Castle and grounds – Powderham is the seat of the Earls of Devon. There’s castle tours, a deer safari, adventure playgrounds and walks around the grounds. Dogs are not allowed on the safari or in the walled gardens.
- Singing Paddles – these canoe tours around Kingsbridge and Salcombe welcome dogs for free.
Check out my post with more things to do in South Devon with kids.
Places to visit with dogs in Dartmoor
If you’re visiting Dartmoor with a dog please follow the National Park’s guidance. Dogs must be kept on leads at certain times of year and always when around live stock.
These attractions on the south edge of Dartmoor welcome pets as well as people:
- Canonteign Falls – climb England’s highest manmade waterfall, enjoy the lakes and let the kids loose on the adventure playgrounds.
- Becky Falls – walk the route of the falls, meet the farm animals and more exotic creatures, and explore the trails of the ancient woodland.
- River Dart Country Park – tire the kids out on the woodland adventure playgrounds, on the pump track, in the swimming lake. There’s also activities like high ropes, kayaking and water zorbing.
- The House of Marbles – discover the history of marbles and see various intriguing marble runs in this museum and gift shop. Outside there’s a playground and games for kids too.
Dog-friendly places in West Devon
As well as the moors and tors of Dartmoor, here’s some more places to explore with a dog to the west of the National Park:
- Morwellham Quay – heritage and living history museum with hands on activities on the bank of the River Tamar.
- Lydford Gorge – the South West’s deepest gorge, managed by the National Trust. Find it between Okehampton and Tavistock.
- Castle Drogo grounds only – enjoy walk through the Teignmouth Gorge around this 20th Century Castle.
- War Horse Country Park, in Winkleigh – immerse yourself in the farm that inspired the book, film and play War Horse. Dogs are welcome to visit on a lead as you meet the farm animals, learn about the farm’s role in the First World War, go on a tractor ride and indulge in a cream tea at the farm house cafe.
Here’s more places to visit in West Devon.
Dog-friendly places to visit in East Devon
- Seaton Tramway – ride a narrow gauge heritage tram through the stunning Axe Valley from Seaton to Colyton.
- Stuart Line Cruises – boat trips along Devon’s Jurassic Coast and the River Exe from Exmouth.
- Bicton Park Gardens – botanical gardens, railway and adventure playgrounds.
- Killerton National Trust grounds only – there’s plenty of walks around the estate of Killerton including den building areas, an adventure playground, children’s trails and tree swings
- Pecorama – miniature railway, models and plenty of opportunities for kids to play.
- The Donkey Sanctuary – a free attraction where you can meet the rescue donkeys looked after by this charity.
Find more places to visit in East Devon.
Dog-friendly places to visit in Mid Devon
Dogs are welcome to visit these attractions in Mid Devon:
- Knightshayes National Trust parkland – there’s 250 acres of woodland and parkland that are ideal for dog walks.
- The Bear Trail – a family assault course near Cullompton where getting muddy is essential.
- Devon Railway Centre – miniature railway, models and plenty of opportunities for kids to play.
Here’s some more family-friendly places to visit in Mid Devon.
Things to do in North Devon with dogs
- Clovelly Village – step back in time at this historic fishing village near Hartland which is one of Devon’s most picturesque places.
- Lynmouth to Lynton Cliff Railway – take a ride on this 19th Century funicular for incredible views of the North Devon coast.
- The Valley of Rocks – a natural wonder of Exmoor National Park where you’ll find some of the UK’s highest sea cliffs and stunning views.
- The Milky Way Adventure Park – spend a day enjoying the rides and attractions of one of Devon’s top theme parks. Check the attraction’s website for the latest information on areas dogs can visit.
- Arlington Court and National Trust Carriage Museum gardens and grounds – there’s more than 20 miles of footpaths to explore as well as the carriage collection in the stables.
- Quince Honey Farm – visit one of Britain’s top honey farms to find out about beekeeping. There’s also a play centre for kids.
- Hartland Abbey – explore the grounds and gardens of the Stucley family which sit in a valley that leads to the sea.
Here’s more ideas for things to do in North Devon with kids.
Dog-friendly Devon beaches
One of our go-to things to do with our dog is a trip to the beach. Not all Devon beaches allow dogs in the summer months but we have insider knowledge on the ones that do.
Here’s some Devon beaches that are dog-friendly all year round – please check signs at these beaches when you arrive as some have specific areas designated for dogs:
Dog-friendly beaches in South Devon
- Mill Bay, Salcombe
- Salcombe North Sands, Salcombe
- Landcombe Cove, Strete
- Slapton Sands, Start Bay
- Strete Gate, Start Bay
- Torcross, Start Bay
- Mansands, Brixham
- Goodrington Sands, Paignton
- South Milton, Kingsbridge
- Hope Cove Harbour, Kingsbridge
- Anstey’s Cove, near Torquay
- Dawlish Warren, Dawlish
Here’s some more South Devon beaches we love.
Dog-friendly beaches in North Devon
- Putsborough Sands, Woolcombe
- Clovelly, Hartland
- Saunton Sands, Braunton
- Instow, Bideford
- Lynmouth Beach, Lynmouth
- Wildersmouth Beach, Ilfracombe
- Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe
- Barricane Beach, Woolacombe
- Welcombe Mouth, Hartland
- Hele Bay, Ilfracombe
Here’s some more North Devon beaches that come highly recommended for families.
Dog-friendly beaches in East Devon
- Sidmouth Beach, Sidmouth
- Beer Beach, Beer
- Seaton Beach, Seaton
Don’t forget to check signs at these beaches which will give you specific information about the areas dogs are allowed all year round.
Do you have a favourite dog-friendly Devon attraction or a doggy day out that’s not mentioned? Let me know!
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