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.
Berry Pomeroy Castle
The perfect ruin with a colourful history, Berry Pomeroy Castle is tucked away in a deep wooded valley. Within the 15th-century defences, looms the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Enlarged from around 1600, the mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon but was never completed. There is much to see such as defending the castle, the Elizabethan House, the Great Hall plus fabulous woodland walks.
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.
Britain's oldest prehistoric home in the English Riviera Global Geopark, Kents Cavern is home to significant geological areas from the last 385 million years. Head to Kents Cavern and unearth the secrets of the Devonian and Quarternary periods whilst also learning about the Great Victorian Excavation which uncovered the caves fascinating history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Located on the outskirts of the small market town of Bovey Tracey, Parke has something for everyone to enjoy. The compact estate was once home to a wealthy local family and is home to a vegetable garden, fruit garden, orchard, ice house, fish pond, grazing meadows and gardens to wander round. Visitors enjoy taking strolls around the garden or longer and more strenuous walks through the woodlands and along the river. Dogs are also welcomed.
Haytor Visitor Centre
Haytor is a huge granite tor on open moorland and is one of Dartmoor's most famous landmarks with riveting views over the moors from atop. The Visitor Centre is run by the National Park and has knowledgeable staff on hand to give advice on walks and exploring the area.
Take a balloon flight over the beautiful Devon and Cornwall countryside and take in the sights from above.
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.
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.
Hot Pursuit Cycles Bike Hire
This bike shop offers cycle hire between the cycle trails to Dartington Hall Estate and Cider Press Centre and Ashprington and Sharpham Estate vineyards in the opposite direction. Cycling is a great way of exploring Totnes, Dartington, Staverton, Ashprington, Tuckenhay and Bow Creek.
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.
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