Home to the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs, Pennywell Farm is great for a family day out. There are different animal activities, shows and displays every half hour plus many seasonal events. Visitors can enjoy the Run Rabbit Go Carts or take tours of the enclosures where hedgehogs and race ferrets can be met plus bottlefeeding lambs and goats.
South Devon Railway
Ideal for a traditional family day out, South Devon Railway takes you through the beautiful and unspoiled countryside on one of the longest established steam railways in the south west. The line runs for 7 miles from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and takes you along the beautiful valley of the river Dart. There are plenty of things to do at each end of the journey too.
Set in 33 acres of stunning woodland with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique and family owned zoo with a wide array of animals. The zoo also inspired the Hollywood movie We Bought a Zoo. The zoo has many animals to visit such as tigers, lions, jaguars, wolves, bears plus many more!
National Marine Aquarium
Located in Plymouth, this is the UK's largest aquarium which is dedicated to raising awareness of the ocean and the challenges they face. Discover mysterious sea creatures and be amazed by the Eddystone Reef tank which is home to the UK's largest single-tank viewing panel. The aquarium is also home to tanks of the Atlantic Ocean which house large nurse sharks and three species of rays! Finish the journey at the Great Barrier Reef tank which is home to Zebra sharks as well as Cooper the Humphead Wrasse and Samson the Giant Grouper!
Otters and Butterflies Buckfastleigh
A unique visit for the family, this sanctuary is run by a small and dedicated team who help to make any visit fun and educational. Visitors can learn about tropical butterflies in their specially designed habitat whilst also feeling the rainforest atmosphere that they enjoy too. The Otter sanctuary is home to three different species of otter: the native British otter, the Asian short clawed otters and the large North American river otters. Keepers are on hand to explain all about the otters.
Birdwatching at Roadford Reservoir
Roadford Reservoir is the most important inland site for wildfowl in Devon all year round, with two hides and many walks. There are many rare species which have been sighted in the area. There are also healthy populations of bats and Hazel Dormouse.
Part house and part museum, Buckland Abbey is a beautiful estate boasting meadows, woodlands and orchards and is home to over 700 years of history. Visitors can discover the Great Barn which has barely changed since it was built and find treasures throughout the estate. The Nave Gallery contains the Rambrandt self-portrait and is well worth a look. Exciting family events happen year round.
This award-winning attractions forms part of a World Heritage site and features a historic port, village, copper mine and railway. Visitors can participate in the following: riding the copper mine train, learning traditional crafts, try chocolate making, experience the Victorian school, sample in the brewery, learn in the Victorian bakery, mining for copper, panning for gold and dress like Victorians.
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
Home to the National Fairground Collection and the Fairground Heritage Trust, this attraction offers fascinating displays of fairground art and memorabilia and a vast array of vintage rides, stalls and shows. Themed events are also offered throughout the year and the centre is open from April to October every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Located in the shadow of Dartmoor, Buckfast Abbey is a tranquil refuge for visitors. This is a working monastery where a group of Benedictine monks live and they welcome visitors from all around the world. At the centre of the site is the Abbey Church. The extensive grounds are enjoyable to walk around and the Grange Restaurant is on hand for tea and homemade cakes.
The Garden House
This inspiring garden is one of the finest in Britain. With a series of garden rooms and spaces, there are many diverse planting styles to explore. Visitors can marvel at a walled garden with 16th century ruins, cottage-garden drift planting, flowering meadow, terraced lawns and the world-famous planted ovals.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
Home to the former house of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe, Mount Edgcumbe House is set in Grade I Cornish Gardens and part of a 865 acre country park. Perfect for family outings and group visits, the park is jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City council whilst also being one of the most visited tourist destinations in the region. Visitors are encouraged to explore, enjoy and learn wandering through the vast grounds.
Visit this contemporary gallery which showcases work from the artistic community living in the Tamar Valley. Home to modern ceramics and beautiful handmade jewellery.
This tree-top adventure is full of complex adrenaline filled tasks with tree top ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways situated in the Tamar Valley. Explore the beautiful surroundings and the woodland from up above. This attraction is perfect for families and groups.
Take a balloon flight over the beautiful Devon and Cornwall countryside and take in the sights from above.
Explore the River Tamar by canoe
What better way to take in the beautiful surroundings than enjoying a tranquil canoeing trip down the River Tamar? The River Tamar creates a natural border between Devon and Cornwall and there is plenty to see on the journey. As well as seeing valley scenery, canoe trips often see lots of wildlife including seals, otters, kingfishers and herons to name but a few.
Newton Ferrers Equus Riding Stables
Located in the pretty countryside of South Hams, Newton Ferrers Equus offers a wide range of riding activities for all abilities. Riders can hack from the stunning countryside, take on woodland treks or even enjoy day rides on the beach or through Dartmoor. The stables have a large riding school, a small outdoor arena and also an indoor arena. Children can also partake in the 'Own a Pony' day where they will spend an entire day with a resident pony and learn stable management skills.
Located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Burrator Reservoir has it all with dramatic tors, open moorland, historic settlements and a nature reserve. The area offers a great day out for families, nature enthusiasts, historians and Dartmoor lovers. There are plenty of walks plus lots of wildlife and history. Explore abandoned farms, the remains of Princetown Railway. Also discover plenty of wildlife such as the iconic Dartmoor ponies, plus a huge variety of birds.
The deepest gorge in the South West with spectacular 30m Whiteley Waterfall and Devil's Cauldron, a naturally formed pothole. There is lots of wildlife and interesting plants to discover plus much fascinating history and legend.
Plymouth Miniature Steam
A traditional day out for families with children of all ages, Plymouth Miniature Steam is a charming place to visit. There is a double circuit ground level track which operates for over half a mile.
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