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  SOUTH DEVON, DARTMOOR, TORBAY, SOUTH HAMS
       
 

English Riviera

 
       
  Pirates Bay Golf Paignton There be a new place on the coast, one of skullduggery and wretched piracy. It be called Pirates Bay! Experience the adventure of Pirates Bay - A new landscaped 18 hole course situated on Paignton Seafront. Its great fun for all the family. Dodge cannonballs and evade the thieving pirates as you navigate the lush carpeted greens, sink your ball but dont sink your ship!
  Babbacombe Model Village Babbacombe
Torbay Area
Four acres of award winning gardens with miniature landscapes often featured on TV. Free open top bus from harbour. Over 40 years, the project has grown and now features an extensive range of buildings emphasising Vernacular architectural styles - working watermills, Georgian towns, Tudor houses & classic Devon thatched villages and farms.
  Living Coast Torquay One of south Devon's most popular family attractions. Situated on the coast line with fabulous views of Tor Bay this unique coastal zoo gives a fascinating insight into marine life.
  Bygones Torquay

A fascinating insight into Victorian life. Wander along the life size Victorian street with over 20 shops and period rooms set out with sounds and smells from a bygone age. It's like walking back in time.

  Torre Abbey Torquay Historic house and gallery historic rooms and Agatha Christie collection. Abbey ruins, gatehouse and barn. Victorian kitchen serving refreshments.
  Kents Cavern Torquay These famous caves are the site of the earliest evidence of humans in Britain. Dramatic sound & light show, exhibition & tableaux.
  Goodrington Boating Lakes - Youngs Park Paignton / Goodrington
Goodrington Boating Lake is the home of pedal power swan boats and motorised bumper boats, situated in beautiful Youngs Park, Goodrington, Paignton, to the rear of lovely Goodrington Sands.
  Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway Paignton
GWR style line along the Torbay coast and down the Dart Valley to Kingwear for Dartmouth. Choice of combined tickets include boat trips and cruises.
  Quaywest Waterpark Paignton
Waterpark with multiple family attractions from under 5 playpool to jetski & sailing. 5 waterslides, go karts, Seashore Centre, steam railway, waterski & windgliding. Food, pub, amusements.
  Paignton Zoo Paignton
Meet stars of BBC1's "The Zoo Keepers" and see big cats, elephants, primates, snakes, lizards & birds from around the world - many of which are bred for restocking natural populations.
 

Berry Pomeroy Castle

English Heritage

Paignton
English Heritage owned "Fortress of Mystery", once the home of influential local families. Refreshments.
  Tuckers Maltings Newton Abbot
Take a guided tour of England's only working malthouse open to the public. 19th Century Street, Discovery Centre & in-house brewery. Refreshments & shop - which sells local beers.
 

Shaldon Wildlife Trust

Teignmouth
Shaldon zoo offers a perfect place to visit for young and old alike. Set in around one acre of enclosed woodland the Trust is home to a unique collection of some of the world's most endangered animals.
       
 

Dartmoor

 
  River Dart Adventures Ashburton
90 acres of grounds beside the River Dart. THE venue for active outdoor experiences.
  Becky Falls Bovey Tracey
Dartmoor
On Dartmoor near Bovey Tracey. Cascading waterfalls and 60 acre woodland estate with river walks, pets garden, nature trails, tea room, ice-cream parlour, gift shop and restaurant.
  Lydford Gorge Lydford
Dartmoor

Lydford Gorge - Midway between Okehampton and Tavistock. The oak wooded Gorge is 1½ miles long with the spectacular 'White Lady' 90ft waterfall at one end.

  Castle Drogo Moretonhampstead
Dartmoor
Nr. National Trust owned property designed by Sir Edward Lutyens between 1910-30 built from granite and oak and with formal gardens.
  Canonteign Falls & Lakeland Moretonhampstead
Dartmoor
Nature trails, the highest waterfall in England, woods & lakeland. Miniature ponies, wildfowl, junior commando course, picnic area, shop, all weather barbecue & restaurant.
  Dingles Steam Village Okehampton
Dartmoor
Nr Lifton on A30 between Okehampton & Launceston. Celebration of working steam, vintage machinery and country life. With play areas, trails and picnic areas. Disabled access.
  Okehampton Castle

English Heritage
Okehampton
Dartmoor
English Heritage owned romantic ruin dating back to Norman times. Audio tour, including version for the visually impaired. Woodland walks and picnic spot. 01837 52844
  Trailtracks Cycle Hire Okehampton
Dartmoor
Planned all day, half day and evening traffic free trail rides with mechanical breakdown backup & local pick up points all using the latest bikes. Helmet, lock and maps all included.
  Buckfast Abbey Buckfastleigh
Dartmoor - South Hams
A living Benedectine Monastery and fascinating insight into the monastic life. Presentations and displays, shops and restaurant. Nobody leaves untouched by the serenity.
  Butterflies and Otters Buckfastleigh
Dartmoor - South Hams
All weather family attraction with underwater viewing area for otters and live exotic butterflies in rain forest habitat. Cafe.
  Pennywell Farm Adventure Buckfastleigh
Dartmoor - South Hams
All weather, all day attraction with a different hands-on farm activity every half hour. Wildlife commando course, hedgehog sanctuary & playfarm. Cafe. Disabled access.
  South Devon Railway Buckfastleigh
Dartmoor - South Hams
Steam Railway for 7 miles along the beautiful River Dart to Totnes. Railway museum and engine sheds, with maze and childrens playground. Cafe and bookshop. Disabled access.
       
 

South Hams

 
  Dartmouth Castle

English Heritage
Dartmouth
South Hams
English Heritage owned coastal defence, 600 years old with Victorian gun battery and exhibition. Picnic spot, shop and refreshments.
  Red Cruisers Dartmouth
South Hams
Full Dart Cruises with commentaries between Totnes and Dartmouth. Bar, tea and coffee on all cruises. Look for the kiosks at Dartmouth Embankment.
  Woodlands Leisure Park - All Weather Family Attraction Dartmouth South Hams

The Largest Family Theme Park in the South West is a fun filled day out for the whole family. From little kids to kid-ults there's something for everyone is this 90 acre park. Woodlands Family Theme Park is a great value day out and with 20% off when you buy your tickets online it make's your day even better.

       
  Overbecks Museum & Garden - Salcombe
South Hams
National Trust. Collection of curios in Edwardian house with sub-tropical gardens and views over the Salcombe Estuary. Disabled access - wheelchair available. Refreshments.
  Totnes Castle

English Heritage
Totnes
South Hams
English Heritage owned Norman defence, nearly 1000 years old and one of the best examples of a motte and bailey fort. Commanding views over the town. Open all year.
  Kitley Caves Yealmton
South Hams / Plymouth
Show caves, woodland trail and museum with Stone Age artifacts and the remains of elephant, hippo and cave bears all discovered on site.
       
 

Plymouth

 
  Crownhill Fort Plymouth Massive Victorian hidden defences built to protect Plymouth and now in the care of the Landmark Trust. Displays, live gun firing some weekends.
       
  Mayflower Steps The Barbican Plymouth The Mayflower Steps - the symbolic spot where the Pilgrim Fathers last set foot on English soil on their journey to a new life in America.
  Distillery Tours The Barbican Plymouth Guided tours around the 200 year old distillery that is home of the world famous Plymouth Gin.
  Elizabethan House The Barbican Plymouth A rare example of the half-timbered home of a Tudor Sea Captain.
  National Marine Aquarium The Barbican Plymouth State of the art setting for fascinating journey through the oceans of the world, including a close encounter with Caribbean Sharks. Open daily.
  Smeaton's Tower
Plymouth Hoe One of the world's most famous lighthouses built by John Smeaton in 1759 on the Eddystone Rocks, (14 miles SW of Plymouth). Moved to the Hoe in 1884.
  Royal Citadel Plymouth Hoe Enjoy unrivalled views of Plymouth's waterfront from the ramparts of this 17th Century fort. Daily tour available throughout summer.
  Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery Plymouth City Centre Diverse range of temporary exhibitions complement changing displays drawn from large permanent collection. Free admission. Open all year, Tue-Sat & BH Mondays.
  Plymouth Ski Centre Plymouth / Plympton A38 Dry ski slope with lessons and activities to suit everyone from beginners to advanced.
  Saltram House Plymouth / Plympton A38 Beautifully appointed 18th century mansion set in 500 acre landscaped park & period garden. National Trust property features work by Adams, Chippendale & Reynolds. Shop & restaurant.
       
  Buckland Abbey Tavistock - Tamar Valley 700-year-old building with fine 16th-century great hall, associated with Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville.
  NORTH DEVON AND EXMOOR
  Lynton and Barnstaple Railwayl Lynton/Barnstaple Steam trains through rolling countryside, with views out to wild moorland and the rugged coastline.
  Arlington Court Barnstaple National Trust property with fine collection costume, pewter, shells and model ships. The Trust also houses its entire collection of carriages here. Licensed restaurant and shop.
  Broomhill Sculpture Gardens Barnstaple International Contemporary Art Gallery, with 10 acres, 60 sculptors and 300 sculptures lies in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon.
  Exmoor Zoo Barnstaple Home to over 200 exotic species from otters to monkeys, rodents to cheetahs, the zoo is a member of over 25 global breeding programmes and puts the utmost effort into ensuring the future survival of rare species.
  Kerscott House - Swimbridge Barnstaple 6 acres of Ornamental trees, wide selection of shrubs, herbaceous and tender perennials, ponds and bog garden. Mediterranean garden within roofless barn. Open under National Gardens Scheme last Sundays in June, July and August, also for group garden visits. Please telephone for details:
  The Gnome Reserve & Wild Flower Garden Bradworthy For a completely unique 100% fun experience, simultaneously 100% ecologically interesting, with an extra 100% wonder and magic mixed in, visit The Gnome Reserve.
  Atlantic Village Bideford Atlantic Village is Devon's largest retail outlet and a must for all you shopaholics!
 

Big Sheep stampThe Big Sheep - All Weather family Attraction Bideford

'"AWESOME" - "COOL" - "BRILLIANT" "GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY" - "GUARANTEED FUN WHATEVER THE WEATHER" Children AND adults can burn off excess energy and play safely on a great selection of slides and imaginative soft play climbing areas, tumble towers, mazes and obstacles in our MASSIVE indoor playarea

  Docton Mill & Garden`-
Lymebridge Hartland
Bideford North Devon EX39 6EA Less than 1m from the sea, nestling in one of Devon's outstanding beauty spots is this garden for all seasons (depicted on BBC, ITV and Channel 4's Garden Party)
  Hartland Abbey - Near Bideford Bideford Situated in an unspoilt valley leading to a remote Atlantic cove, the Abbey offers peace and tranquility and also the woodland gardens, fascinating secret 18th Century walled gardens, the Baronets Bog Garden.
  Tapeley Park - Instow Bideford The Terraces are one of Tapeley Parks oldest and best known features. Hand dug, the south facing walls and sheltered borders created by the terracing are full of semi-tropical and tender flowers rarely seen in the UK.
  Torrington 1646 Torrington Torrington 1646 - the North Devon tourist attraction that makes history fun. Travel back to the 17th Century with our costumed characters and laugh, learn and maybe get involved. Great fun for all ages. On-site cafe and gift shop.
       
  Clovelly Clovelly Unspoilt and picturesque fishing village on North Devon coast famed for its steep cobbled streets. Boat trips from the 14th Century quay, visitors' centre, shops, restaurants and facilities.
  Clovelly Court Gardens Clovelly Victorian kitchen garden, with magnificent greenhouses, Apricots, melons, peaches nectarines, grapes, citrus fruits, figs, cucumbers, peppers, chillies, aubergines and tomatoes are supplied to the hotels in season.
  Milky Way Adventure Park Clovelly North Devon's biggest all weather, all inclusive family day out...featuring Devon's largest rollercoaster, dodgems, live shows, indoor play areas, birds of prey and much more.
  Wildlife and Dinosaur Park Combe Martin The most wonderous collection of animals that have ever lived, from present day, to the world of 225 million years ago! Set in 25 acres of lovely countryside.
  RHS Garden Rosemoor Great Torrington New National Garden: 40 acres set in the Torridge Valley with arboretum, formal planting, potager & 200 varieties of Rose. Visitor centre, shop, restaurant & plant centre.
  Dartington Crystal Great Torrington Working factory attracting 300,000 visitors a year. Watch glass blown, shaped & engraved and have a go at glass decoration yourself. Factory shop, visitor centre & restaurant.
  Ilfracombe Princess Ilfracombe Spectacular wildlife and coastal cruises aboard "Ilfracombe Princess" one of the most technologically advanced passenger vessels in the U.K.
  Mullacott Quads Ilfracombe Quadbiking at Mullacott Quads is fast and the most fun to be had on four wheels.
Mullacott Equestrian Centre offers Horse riding lessons plus for the more experienced beach, coastal rides and carriage driving.
  Quince Honey Farm South Molton

Home to a million bees in 1500 hives, Quince includes hives that open to reveal their inner workings safely behind glass. With shop and refreshments.

EAST DEVON - SOMERSET
  Shute Barton Axminster National Trust owned manor house near Axminster that has what is beleieved to be the the largest fireplace in Britain.
  Bicton Park Botanical Gardens Budleigh Salterton Sixty acres of botanical gardens, with museum, kids play area, nature trail & train. The magnificent Palm House is 20 years older than Kew's. Orangery Restaurant, gifts and plants.
  Quad World Cullompton All terrain off-road motor sports - Family fun and excitement - Quad bike racing and tuition for all levels.
  Diggerland Cullompton Diggerland offers the fantastic opportunity to experience driving and riding real JCB diggers and lots more with over 18 rides to enjoy!
  Crealy Adventure Park Exeter Devon's Family Attraction of the Year with go kart racing, bumper boats, steep and scary slides, the River Raider, trains and ponies.
  Killerton Exeter 18th Century house set in a magnificent 6,400 acre estate known as a plantsman's paradise with something to see throughout the year. The house features tableaux & exhibitions on clothing.
  Exeter Tunnels
  Exeter Cathedral
  Powderham Castle Exeter Medieval fortress set in an ancient deer park with lavish interiors, gardens and grounds. Guided tours, farm shop, gift shop, plant sales, tea rooms & cafe. Disabled access.
  A La Ronde Exmouth National Trust. Sixteen sided house built for two spinsters at the end of the 18th Century. Unique interior decoration including a shell encrusted gallery.
  River Exe Cruises and Fishing Trips Exmouth Cruises up and down the River Exe between Exmouth and Topsham, nr Exeter with entertaining and informative commentaries. Fishing trips from Exmouth seafront.

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