What’s to do in Devon? LOTS! Whether you’re looking for activities for the winter, spring, summer or autumn, sunny days or wet days, you’d be hard pressed to be bored here. This is our big list of things to do in Devon with kids and I can guarantee it doesn’t cover everything.

If you know of something unmissable to do in Devon that should be added to this page then get in touch! I’ll be adding places to visit, family activities and events as we find them.

Likewise, if you find and try something on this page that you love then do let me know

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Please check each attraction’s website for up-to-date visitor information and admission prices.

Without further ado, let’s explore Devon’s best days out for families:

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Free things to do in Devon

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great time here. Check out our blog post dedicated to all the brilliant free things to do in Devon.

National Trust places in Devon

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Killerton National Trust

If your family enjoys countryside walks, den-building and gardens packed full of hidden gems then Killerton is an ideal place to visit in East Devon. You might even spy Dolbury the dragon who is said to guard a trove of treasure hidden in Killerton’s grounds.

If your kids haven’t yet begun the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4′ then this is a great place to start.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed in estate but not formal gardens | Parking charges apply for non-National Trust members | Killerton National Trust

Buckland Abbey

This is one of our favourite Devon days out. Buckland Abbey was home to the navy hero Sir Francis Drake is a beautiful National Trust property where children can roam the orchard, dash around the lawn and dress up in Tudor style in the attic exhibition.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year | Dogs allowed in estate but not formal gardens | Parking charges apply for non-National Trust members | Buckland Abbey 

Castle Drogo

You can go on a tour of parts of the castle and there’s plenty to do in the grounds.

Visit the replica Bunty play house, grab a spotter trail sheet or go geocaching for hidden treasures in the Teign Gorge below the castle.

Visitor snapshot: Grounds and visitor centre are open all year round, Castle closed from November to March | Dogs allowed in estate but not formal gardens | Parking charges apply for non-National Trust members | Castle Drogo

Arlington Court

This delightful North Devon National Trust property is home to the National Carriage Museum including horse drawn vehicles of all shapes, sizes and purposes.

In the house you can see collections of pewter plates and trophies, period costumes and step down into the cellars. The grounds are perfect for wildlife spotting, den building and adventure play.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed in grounds and carriage museum | Parking charges apply for non-National Trust members | Arlington Court

Greenway

This fascinating house full of curious collectibles was once the holiday home of crime writer Agatha Christie. You can explore rooms where she would regale her family with plot ideas, wander through the scenic riverside gardens and hit about some balls in the tennis court.

Fun ways to reach Greenway include catching a boat from Dartmouth or the steam train from Paignton. 

Visitor snapshot: open on selected dates February to December, check website | Dogs on leads | Parking charges apply for non-National Trust members | Greenway

Compton Castle

Compton Castle is one of those places where you wished the walls could talk. It’s been home to a family of famous explorers, was fortified against French raids in the 15th Century, and has been restored from a ruin. What a tale these bricks and mortar could tell!

Play Tudor games in the grounds, dress up as princes and princesses and find the family crest in the restored castle rooms.

Visitor snapshot: Open on selected dates, check website | Dogs allowed in orchard | Free parking | Compton Castle

Branscombe Village

The small village of Branscombe, just a couple of miles from Seaton, is one of Devon’s hidden gems. You get to it down some narrow and winding lanes from the A3052 – keep going, it’s worth it.

At the village’s heart there are three National Trust owned buildings: the old bakery, forge and mill. The forge is the county’s oldest thatched forge still worked by a blacksmith.

It doesn’t take long to look around the village so indulge yourself with a walk through the scenic valley to the beach too.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year | Dogs welcome | Local parking charges apply | Branscombe Village

Historic sites and Castles in Devon

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Smeatons Tower

Smeatons Tower sits on top of Plymouth Hoe overlooking the Sound. But it hasn’t always stood here. When it was built in 1759 it was 14 miles away on Eddystone Rocks. It was the third of four lighthouses to guard the rocks since 1698 and it’s curved tree trunk-like design was ground-breaking.

When it was replaced in 1882 the iconic tower was relocated brick by brick to The Hoe. Today you can climb the tower and great excellent views of the seafront.

Visitor snapshot: check website for opening | No dogs | Local parking charges apply | Smeatons Tower

Totnes Castle

The Castle dates back to the 11th Century and was originally built following the invasion of William the Conquerer. It started off as a timber construction but this was replaced with stone at about the turn of the 14th Century.

It’s now one of the best preserved Norman motte and bailey castles in England. Visiting this English Heritage site doesn’t take long but is a great additional to wandering around quirky Totnes. You can climb the motte, admire the views down the River Dart and picnic in the castle walls.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed on lead | Local parking charges apply | Totnes Castle

Powderham Castle

This 600-year-old family home of the Earls of Devon commands stunning views of the Exe Estuary and has a rich history stretching back to the 1300s. Today you can tour the castle with is still lived in by the young Earl and his family.

There’s also a small animal farm, a play fort, a deer safari and plenty of seasonal entertainment. Visit during the school holidays for interactive shows and themed events.

Visitor snapshot: Open late March to late October | Dogs allowed | Free parking | Powderham Castle, Kenton. 

Berry Pomeroy Castle

This 16th Century ruin is said to be one of Devon’s most haunted places. There’s an audio tour that tells you all the ghostly tales – one for the teens in your family! You can also walk the woodlands and have a Devon cream tea in the cafe.

Visitor snapshot: check website for opening dates | Dogs welcome | Free parking | Berry Pomeroy

Kents Cavern

This naturally formed cave dating back 2.5 million years is an ideal place to visit on a wet day, or a really hot one come to think of it. It is Britain’s oldest ancient monument and evidence has been found that it was once home to Neanderthals, Homo Sapiens and pre-historic beasts.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | No dogs | Local parking charges apply | Kents Cavern website.

Exeter’s Underground Passages

These Medieval passengers under Exeter give insight into the city’s past. Wander through some of the vaulted pathways that carried water from springs into the heart of the city. There’s plenty of tales of plague, war and pestilence to add to this atmospheric experience.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round (check website for tour times) | No dogs | Local parking charges apply | Exeter’s Underground Passages

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey dates back to 1157 when it was founded by Augustinian monks. It became a family home after the abbey was dissolved in 1539 and is now open to visitors from Sunday to Thursday.

The house is a treasure trove of art by the likes of Gainsborough, Hudson and Kneller. There’s quizzes and nature trails for children, woodlands gardens and themed open days throughout the year.

Visitor snapshot: Open March to September | Dogs are welcome on a lead in the Abbey grounds | Free parking | Hartland Abbey

Dartmouth Castle 

More of a fort than somewhere you’d expect to find knights and princesses, Dartmouth Castle was built in the 14th Century to defend what was then a very significant port.

Today you can visit the ammunition stores, find out about the lifestyle of the small group of soldiers stationed here and climb up to the roof for fabulous views of the river, town and English Channel. 

If you’re feeling peckish the tiny cafe does awesome milkshakes and cream teas. You can walk to Dartmouth Castle from the town or catch a ferry from the quayside.

Visitor snapshot: Open weekends all year round and every day April to October | Dogs on leads | Free Parking | Dartmouth Castle

Places to visit

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Dartington Hall Estate

This community hub has more than one thousand years of history. It was once a private home but by the 1900s the Hall had fallen into ruin. In 1925 it was bought by the Elmhirst family who restored it as place of creativity, learning and social enterprise. It now hosts a programme of events, festivals and courses as well as welcoming visitors to its hotel, cinema, restaurant and gardens. 

The estate is great for scenic walks and it’s always worth checking Dartington Hall’s website to see if they have any events on.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed on leads in parts | Local parking charges apply | Dartington Hall, Dartington. 

Britannia Royal Naval College

Dartmouth is home to the Royal Navy’s officer training college, BRNC. It is steeped in history that you can discover by booking a guided tour with The Britannia Association. 

The College was originally located on HMS Hinderstan and HMS Britannia both moored on the River Dart but moved into a purpose built college on the hill above when recruits started to become ill in the cramped quarters on the ships. If your kids are at all interested in a military career then this is an inspiring and impressive place to visit.

Visitor snapshot: tours bookable throughout the year | No dogs | Local parking charges apply | Britannia Association

Clovelly Village

Step back in time at this 14th fishing village where cars are banned from the narrow cobbled streets.

Don’t forget your sensible shoes for the walk up and down the steep hill which leads to a picturesque harbour and pebbled beach. Otherwise be prepared for a bit of a queue for the Land Rover ride.

There’s donkey rides for children in the main summer season and craft workshops where you can find hand-made pottery and gifts. This is one of our favourite North Devon days out – it’s very rare we don’t visit when we are in the area.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year | Dogs welcome on leads | Free parking | Clovelly Village

Cockington Village

Cockington Village is a hidden gem of the English Riviera in South Devon. Entering the village is like stepping through the Wardrobe in one of CS Lewis’ stories. 

A short drive from urban Torquay you find thatched roof cottages, a forge and windmill surrounded by a extensive country park. There’s also craft studios, a tea room and gardens at Cockington Court, the old manor house. 

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed | Local parking charges apply | Cockington Country Park

The House of Marbles

This free, small attraction is home to some fascinating marble runs that will keep kids entertained while you can browse the Devon gifts, crafts and boutique clothing.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed | Free parking | House of Marbles.

Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre

The national park visitor centre in Princetown used to be a hotel and is where Arthur Conan Doyle stayed when he wrote some of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Today the centre tells the story of Dartmoor’s natural history with interactive exhibits that children can touch and explore.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed | Local parking charges apply | Visit Dartmoor 

Buckfast Abbey

This working Benedictine Monastery is a wonderfully peaceful place for a walk with children. They’ll enjoy toddling around the lawns and meandering paths of the formal gardens.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year | No dogs | Free parking| Buckfast Abbey

Royal William Yard

This former Naval victualling yard in Plymouth is now a fantastic place to eat, see art, shop and play. Events are also held here throughout the year.

Visitor snapshot: open all year round | Dogs allowed on leads | Local parking charges apply | Royal William Yard

Foodie days out 

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Orange Elephant Ice Cream Parlour

The deliciousness of locally produced Devon ice cream meets fun, fun fun at the Orange Elephant Ice Cream Parlour. Not only do the Taverners farm herd produce dozens of different flavours of cool dessert (with a bit of flavouring help from the Taverners family), your kinds can also run off the sugar in there play meadow. In July there’s also a Maize Maze.

Visitor snapshot: Open Easter until Autumn – check the website | No dogs allowed | Free Parking | Orange Elephant Ice Cream Parlour

Sharpham Estate

This fabulous vineyard which clings to the side of the Dart Valley in South Devon often holds family-friendly open days. Look out for Apple Day in the autumn

Visitor snapshot: open all year, check website | No dogs | Free parking | Sharpham Estate

South Devon Chill Farm

This lounge tingling business grows and makes chill products in the heart of the South Hams. Sample fresh chillis, plus sauces, chocolate and preserves made onsite using dozens of varieties of fiery peppers.

Visitor snapshot: the farm shop and cafe are open to visitors all year | Visit the South Devon Chilli Farm

Theme parks in Devon

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Devon has seven large theme parks to choose from:

Find out more about each of these family attractions in my post about theme parks in Devon.

Museums and family attractions

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Babbacombe Model Village

For more than half century Babbacombe Model Village has been wowing visitors with its scaled down scenes of English life and culture. As well as its miniature world, Babacombe Model Village has award-wining gardens to wander and a 4D Cinema. Buy you entry ticket and return for free within seven days, even at night to see the village illuminated.

Visitor sanpshot: Open all year round on selected dates | Dogs allowed on leads | Local parking charges apply | Babbacombe Model Village

RAMM Exeter

This stunning Victorian building is packed full of natural history, artefacts from cultures around the world, Devon history and art. There are plenty of hands-on activities for children, plus a packed calendar of family events

You could easily spend half a day looking around and still return each week to see more. Best of all entry is free.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | No dogs allowed | Local parking charges apply | RAMM

Torquay’s Dinosaur World

Meet monsters from the past in this interactive exhibition that’s perfect for rainy day fun in Torquay. See a full size Parasaurolophus, have a selfie with a Velociraptors and take the explorer quiz.

Visitor snapshot: Open on selected dates all year round | No dogs | Local parking charges apply | Torquay’s Dinosaur World.

Dartmouth Museum

There are just a few small rooms in this museum but they are lined with local curiosities and history. The Tudor merchants house that holds Dartmouth Museum was used as a refuge by King Charles II when his fleet came into Dartmouth during a storm. 

Visitor snapshot: open all year | No dogs | Local parking charges apply | Dartmouth Museum

Torquay Museum

Discover the history of Devon and some of its most famous characters in exhibitions at Torquay Museum. There’s a reconstruction of a 1860s Devon farm house and you can step inside the study of Agatha Christie’s fictional detective Hercule Poirot. 

Add to that stories and treasures brought back to Torquay by its famous explorers and the Museum is the idea place to feed young minds for a few hours on a wet day.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | No dogs | Local parking charges apply | Torquay Museum website.

Bygones Torquay

Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of Victorian life at Bygones where you’ll find a Post Office, iron mongers, apothecary and sweet shop among 15 shops that have been recreated on a period street. 

For families there’s a quiz, dressing up and toys for the kids to handle. If you’r looking for things to do in Torquay with dogs your four-legged friends are welcome at Bygones too.

Visitor snapshot:  Open all year round | Dogs welcome | Local parking charges apply | Bygones website.

Torre Abbey Museum

This 12th Century Abbey turned family home has hosted the likes of Nelson and holds 600 works of art dating from the 18th Century. The museum telling the story of the abbey, its characters and the area is fascinating for children and adults with interactive displays, videos and talking portraits. 

There’s also an extensive garden which is fabulous to walk around in all seasons. The Abbey hosts many family events over the year.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | No dogs | Local parking charges apply | Torre Abbey Museum website.

North Devon Martime Museum

This small North Devon attraction tells the story of the area’s maritime community from its fearless smugglers and fearsome pirates to its ship building heritage. The North Devon Maritime Museum has interactive displays and quiz sheets for kids.

Visitor snapshot: Open from April (check website) | Local parking charges apply | North Devon Maritime Museum

The Gnome Reserve

This small visitor attraction is packed full of magic for young children. Don a gnome hat and go on a hunt for these colourful little people dotted along the woodland garden paths.

There’s more than 1,000 to spot across four acres.

Visitor snapshot: Open March to October | The Gnome Reserve

Trains and trams 

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Seaton Tramway

This vintage tramway has been transporting tourists through some of Devon’s finest countryside since the 1970s.

During the three mile trip you can hop off at Colyford to have a snack at the pub next to the line. Or we can recommend continuing to Seaton for lunch and an ice cream on the seafront. 

Visitor snapshot: Open February to October and some other selected dates | Dogs allowed | Free parking at Colyton and pay and display in Seaton | Seaton Tramway

Pecorama

Train enthusiasts won’t want to miss a look around Pecorama –  the home of the Beer Heights Light Railway and the makers of PECO railway kit.

As well as the railway and model exhibition there’s play areas, gardens overlooking the Beer coastline with secret nooks and a shell-lined grotto, and a soft play area with zones to kids aged one to 12-years-old. If you’re visiting during the summer, complete your day with a proper Devon cream tea in the restored Orion Pullman Carriage.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round (check website) | No dogs | Free parking | Pecorama

South Devon Railway

Welcome sign and stream train at South Devon Railway in Dartmoor, Devon

What kid doesn’t love a train ride. This one through seven miles of the Dart Valley is brilliant fun and can be combined with the Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otters Sanctuary.

Visitor snapshot: Open from March to October with selected open days over the winter season | Dogs allowed | Parking charges apply | South Devon Railway

Dartmouth Steam Railway Round Robin

Take a tour of South Devon on Dartmouth Steam Railway’s special Round Robin trip or travel the line between Paignton and Dartmouth. The Round Robin gives you a ticket to travel a circular route by river boat, steam train and bus. You can start your trip in Dartmouth, Totnes or Paignton.

Visitor snapshot: Round Robin end March to October, stream train end March to October plus selected dates | Local parking charges apply | Dogs allowed | Dartmouth Steam Railway

Babbacome Cliff Railway

Ride this scenic cliff railway from Babbacombe down 300ft to the sheltered cove and clear waters, of Oddicombe beach north of Torquay. Connected to Oddicombe by a wooden walkway is Babbicombe Beach, another stony beach with perfect waters for swimming.

Visitor snapshot: check the website for opening times | Dogs welcome | Local parking charges apply | Babbacombe Cliff Railway 

Torquay Land Train

Board the land train for a tour of Torquay lasting 45 minutes. If you see somewhere you fancy getting off you can do some exploring and then catch a later train with a return ticket.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Torquay Land Train

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

For wonderful views of the North Devon coast a ride on the funicular at Lynton and Lymouth is a must. It’s the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world.

No visit would be complete without a Devon Cream Tea 500ft up at the top of the railway.

Visitor snapshot: Open February to November, check website | Dogs welcome | Local parking charges apply | Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

This picturesque North Devon narrow gauge railway is being restored by a team of volunteers. One mile of the 1/50 gradient route between Woody Bay and Killington Lane Halt is open.

You can use your ticket to travel along the route as many times as you’d like in a day.

Visitor snapshot: Open from March, check website | Lynton and Branstaple Railway

Farms, zoos and animal parks 

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There are lots of Devon zoos and animal-themed days out to choose from:

  • Wildwood Escot
  • The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth
  • Paignton Zoo
  • Dartmoor Miniature Pony Centre
  • Buckfast Butterflies and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
  • Pennywell Farm
  • Quince Honey Farm
  • National Marine Aquarium
  • Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
  • Exmoor Zoo
  • Dartmoor Zoo
  • Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Find out more about Devon zoos and animal attractions.

Parks, gardens and countryside

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Canonteign Falls

This Dartmoor day out steals you away to a magical place of fairies and woodland people that also includes a walk up to England’s highest manmade waterfall.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed | Free parking | Canonteign Falls

Dart Valley Trail

For a walk to challenge the whole family why not follow the Dart Valley Trail along the River Dart and spot wildlife along the way. It’s common to see grey seals, spoonbills, kingfishers and even, escaped mandarine ducks along the river banks. 

There are many hills to climb but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views of the valley and river on the nine mile circular route.

Visitor snapshot: open all year round | Dogs welcome | Local parking charges apply | Dart Valley Trail

RHS Garden Rosemoor

Rosemoor is a wonderful place to go and appreciate captivating horticulture in the heart of the Torridge Valley. There are exotic blooms, prune-perfect hedgrows and ornamental gardens to explore.

For kids there are two play areas and plenty of interesting features hidden around the gardens. Don’t miss the Hobbit Hole or Mr McGregor’s Shed.

Visitor snapshot:  Open all you round | No dogs allowed | Free parking | RHS Rosemoor

Decoy Park

Child with scooter by lake at Decoy Park in Newton Abbot, Devon
You can walk, scoot or cycle around the lake in Decoy Park

Decoy Country Park near Newton Abbot is a free Devon day out with plenty to keep kids, adults and your four-legged friend happy too. There’s sports fields, a lakeside walk, a great adventure playground and splash park.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round (check website for splash park opening | Dogs allowed | Local parking charges apply | Decoy Country Park

Seaton Wetlands

View of Seaton Wetlands nature reserve in East Devon

This relatively new nature reserve is teeming with wildlife. Go pond dipping, met the Dormice in the Discovery Hut and spot Swallows, Herons and Moorhens from the hides.

Entry to the Wetlands is free and you can hire pond dipping equipment for £2 or take part in organised mini-beast adventures for just a few pounds. 

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | No dogs allowed | Free parking | Seaton Wetlands

Becky Falls

This iconic park with woodland walks and waterfalls also has furry, scaly and creepy crawly animal encounters. Kids can borrow an explorer bag to help them discover all the hidden gems of this 50 acre wood.

Visitor snapshot: Open February to November | Dogs welcome | Free parking | Becky Falls

Active days out

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The Bear Trail

Fancy yourself as the next Bear Grylls? If the answer is yes then The Bear Trail will see if you are up to the challenge. Tackle this military inspired assault course complete with mud pits, scrabble nets and rope swings for a fun-packed day out.

The Trail is best suited to energetic kids and teens, but there is a play area for little ones and plenty of picnic space from where parents can watch the action if they don’t fancy participating. 

Visitor snapshot: Open some weekends and school holidays | Dogs allowed | Free parking | The Bear Trail

River Dart Country Park

This woodland park has plenty to do for kids of all ages, from adventure playgrounds, to a manmade beach, canoeing and tree top adventures.

Young children will like the play areas with toddler climbing frames, swings and mini zip line.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year | Entry is free between October and March but parking charges apply, entry charges apply at all other times | Dogs allowed on leads | River Dart Country Park

Tamar Trails

Cycling through the forest at Tamar Trails in Dartmoor

If you’re the type of family that enjoys breaking a sweat then you’re set for a great workout at the Tamar Trails. Take your pick from walking, cycling or swinging your way around the trails.

Visitor snapshot: Open from dusk to dawn all year round but check the website for activity times | Dogs allowed | Local parking charges apply | Tamar Trails

Haldon Forset

Take the 1.5 mile Discovery Trail at Haldon Forest Park to meet characters from the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books.

The trail is flat and sprinkled with activity stations, huge musical instruments and play equipment. Older kids might want to hop on their bikes, try Segways or monkey around at Go Ape. There’s a kids and adult course.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Dogs allowed | Local parking charges apply | Haldon Forest

H2Outdoor high ropes

If you’re looking for high energy activities in North Devon challenge your family to a day of high ropes fun at H2Outdoor just outside Bideford.

If you’re feeling really adventurous H2Outdoor can also take you kayaking and coasteering on the Atlantic Coast.

Visitor snapshot: Book in advance | H2Outdoor

Tarka Trail

Cycle or walk the Tarka Trail – a figure of eight route covering 180 miles with plenty of starting points from Lynton on the coast to Okehampton on the edge of Dartmoor.

Visitor snapshot: Open all year round | Doigs welcome | Local parking charges apply | Tarka Trail 

More things to do in Devon

Events in Devon

You’ll find plenty of events happening in Devon throughout the year, from family festivals, to foodie events, airshows and sports races. 

Soft play in Devon

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Here’s where you’ll find soft play in Devon:

Indoor pools in Devon

One of our favourite days out in Devon in when the weather is not playing ball is swimming indoors. Here’s a few of the options: 

Go indoor climbing

A great activity for teens in Devon is climbing. Here’s where you’ll find climbing walls in Devon:

Trampoline centres in Devon

In indoor activity bound to tire the kids out is bouncing. Here’s where you’ll find trampoline centres in Devon:

Have a beach day

Kids paddling at Salcombe North Sands Beach - free things to do in Devon

Devon has two coastlines so you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to beach days.

Take your pick from Sidmouth and Lyme Regis on the Jurassic coast, to the red sands of Oddicombe and Goodrington on the English Riviera and the golden beaches of Woolacombe and Hele Bay in North Devon. And that’s just the tip of the ice berg!

Here’s some of our favourite South Devon beaches and North Devon beaches for families.

Walk the South West Coast Path 

There’s 90 miles of coast path in North Devon with sections suitable for the whole family.

Family-friendly Dartmoor walks

Family on a Dartmoor walk

Dartmoor National Park is a walker’s paradise. There are hundreds of miles rugged trails to explore in the moors and woodland. And there are lots of great hikes for families too.

Here are some of our tried and tested Dartmoor walks with kids.

Take a boat trip 

Whether you choose to take a boat trip from East, North or South Devon you won’t be disappointed by the scenery or opportunities to see wildlife. 

Good places to look for boat trips include Sidmouth, Exmouth, Dawlish, Torquay, Brixham, Dartmouth, Plymouth and Illfracombe.

Pottery painting in Devon

Pottery painting is a great wet day activity in Devon. You’ll find pottery painting at:

Go crabbing

There’s plenty of crabs to be caught in the tidal rivers and harbours around Devon. Bring your crab line and bait, or buy them from a local shop. Then find a spot along the quay or riverside. Keep kids under close supervision at all times.

Climb a Tor

There are hundreds of tors (a pile of rocks on a hill) on Dartmoor – some more accessible than others.

We’ve found there’s plenty close to moorland car parks so they’re not too difficult to reach even with little legs. They are a great place for mini ramblers to explore, play hide and seek, and appreciate the views.

Visit Dartmoor can suggest plenty of easy, circular walks to try out with kids.

Explore a National Park

Devon has two National Parks: Exmoor National Park and Dartmoor National Park. Both offer walks, cycling routes and outdoor attractions spread over incredible landscapes.

Go Geo-caching 

Download a geo-caching app and away you go. You’ll find caches all over Devon, particularly in the National Parks.

Letter Boxing on Dartmoor

Why not have a go at Letter Boxing – an early forerunner to geo-caching with boxes to be found across the moors. When you find one of these unusually placed letter boxes you can record your find with a stamp that you’ll find inside. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Phew! If you don’t live here you’ll wish you did with this huge bucket list of things to do with kids in Devon.

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