Start Point Lighthouse
Take a tour of the striking Start Point Lighthouse which is situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast. There is also a visitor centre situated at the lighthouse.
For over 600 years, Dartmouth Castle guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart Estuary and the port of Dartmouth and it is also one of the most beautifully located fortresses in England because of this. There is plenty to do at the castle including climbing to the top of the battlement for fantastic views of Dartmouth town, visiting the lower floor where the chain would have been stretched across the estuary, enjoying a home-made cream tea and taking a ferry ride to or from the castle which is perfect for wildlife spotting.
Greenway was the beloved family holiday home of author Agatha Christie. The house is set in the 1950s which is when Agatha and her family would spend summer and Christmases at the property with their friends. The family were avid collectors and the house is filled with archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver and books. The gardens surrounding the house drift down the hillside to the Dart estuary. The gardens are home to a peach house and vinery. Visitors can't visit the property without seeing the Boathouse which is the scene of the crime in Dean Man's Folly.
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!
Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve
Slapton Ley beach and Nature Reserve are open daily with no fee for entry. Visitors can follow a trail or watch birds from a hide. It is a great day out for families and wildlife enthusiasts.
Covering 80 acres, Paignton Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals and is one of the most exciting attractions in Devon. Get up close to the animals from all over the world in the different areas of the zoo including the Savannah, wetlands and tropical forest. Visitors can also enjoy the play areas or take a trip on the Jungle Express train to get ever closer to the action.
Woodlands Leisure Park
Devon's largest family theme park, Woodlands Leisure Park is a great day out for kids young and old! The park is home to one of the largest indoor play areas in the South West, fantastic water rides, a zoo farm plus lots more to entertain everyone.
Tucked away above Salcombe, this hidden paradise is waiting. The subtropical garden is bursting with colour and filled with exotic and rare plants in the gardens which surround the seaside home of scientist and inventor Otto Overbeck. Visitors can also go inside the house to see Otto's eclectic collections such as his Rejuvenator (which was once believed to cure all ills).
Kingsbridge and District Light Railway Co
This little train that gave rides to adults and children between 1969 and 1991 is running again along the estuary during the summer months.
Beach Schools South West
This organisation works with parents to inspire outdoor learning for children on beaches. The work ties in with the national curriculum and is especially effective for children who find it difficult working in classrooms.
Take a balloon flight over the beautiful Devon and Cornwall countryside and take in the sights from above.
Venus Riders (Bigbury-on-Sea)
Situated right on the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea, Venus Riders offers water sports hire and tuition such as windsurfing, surfing and kayaking. Located next to the sandy beach, there is also the eco-friendly Venus Cafe which offers a delicious menu with locally-sourced food.
Explore Devon's River Dart from Tuckenhay or Stoke Gabriel. Canoes can be hired and participants can also include a BBQ, winetasting at Sharpham vineyard or pub stops into their days.
This is a family-run fishery which is situated in a rural hamlet in Start Bay. The ponds contain a wide variety of fish including carp, bream plus many more and are also positioned in a quiet location. In the summer months, they are a peaceful sun trap which is great for enjoying South Hams countryside and the wildlife such as Canadian geese, moorhens and occasionally kingfishers.
East Portlemouth to Salcombe ferry
This privately operated foot passenger ferry carries visitors between Salcombe and East Portlemouth and also provides a link to the Coast Path and access to East Portlemouth's sandy beaches
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.
Sharpham Vineyard produces classic English wines which are award winning. Wines are produced at at this thousand year old farm which is located on the banks of the river Dart. Visitors can enjoy tours and tutored tastings plus can also sample the wines and award winning cheeses within the cafe and shop
One of several locally owned sandy beaches owned by the National Trust, Thurlestone Sands attracts both families and water sports enthusiasts. Backed by a nature reserve, visitors can also spot rare and exciting birds in the area. The South Devon Coastal Path runs behind the beach and so those looking for some exercise can take walks and take in the delightful views. Water sports can also be found on the beach including kayaking, windsurfing and diving. Visibility is good in the clear water and there are more than 30 wrecks in the area with some being able to be explored.
A Blue Flag awarded beach, Bigbury-on-Sea is the perfect spot for a family day out with gently shelving sands and safe swimming away from the river. Canoeing and windsurfing are popular activities here and then the tide is out, kite buggies swing around the sands of the bay. At high tide, the sea tractor takes people to Burgh Island which is a unique experience to have.
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.
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