Devon as a county boasts a wide range of fantastic attractions for the whole family to enjoy, whatever your age, taste or budget. Devon’s Top Attractions aims to promote the best places to visit by providing visitors and locals with a quality assured list. All of the attractions are inspected regularly to ensure that the high standards are being kept. Read on to find out all the amazing places you could visit with your family over the summer.

Animals & Nature

Pennywell Farm 

Renowned for their miniature pigs, Pennywell Farm offers shows, activities, rides and of course, plenty of cute and cuddly animals for you and the family to meet!

Miniature Pony Centre 

Located in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, the Miniature Pony Centre has a wide range of adorable ponies, bunnies and even some creepy crawlies!

World of Country Life 

World of Country Life can be found in Exmouth and brings together animal attractions, vintage vehicles and a historical street for a fun-filled day out.

The Donkey Sanctuary 

A working charity, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is a free attraction where you can meet hundreds of donkeys and explore to informative visitor centre.

Becky Falls 

Found in the gorgeous Dartmoor National Park, Becky Falls Woodland Park offers stunning waterfall walks, activities and more!

Blackpool Sands

Surrounded by evergreens, Blackpool Sands is a sheltered bay offering a spectacular spot to enjoy a day at the beach; with great facilities, café and watersports hire, you will not be disappointed!

National Marine Aquarium

Found in Plymouth, the National Marine Aquarium is a magnificent day out for those of all ages; learn about the creatures living in our oceans and be mesmerised by the Eddystone Reef Tank which boasts the largest single-tank viewing panel in the UK.

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park 

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park offers families the chance to view a wide range of animals and even offers different animal experiences.

Exmoor Zoo 

Discover and learn about a wonderful selection of fascinating and unusual animals at Exmoor Zoo in Barnstaple, with plenty of encounters for those of all ages to love.

Quince Honey Farm 

Discover the secrets of honeybees as you get up close and personal with these beautiful insects at Quince Honey farm.

Canonteign Falls

Set in the Teign Valley, just on the outskirts on Dartmoor National Park, Canonteign Falls is home to the highest manmade waterfall in England and magical gardens for visitors to explore.

Family Attractions

Kents Cavern 

Kents Cavern is located in Torquay and is the oldest known human settlement in Britain; take a magical walk through the caves and explore this underground labyrinth.

Babbacombe Model Village

From beaches on the English Riviera to a fire breathing dragon, Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay has plenty to keep children (and adults!) entertained.

Powderham Castle 

Set in gorgeous grounds, Powderham Castle is full of mysteries to be unearthed such as secret doors and a haunted landing as well as being home to majestic deer which can be gazed at during a deer park safari ride.

Dartington Crystal

Situated in Great Torrington, Dartington Crystal is an amazing attraction with hands-on activities and displays, including glass-blowing!


Immerse yourself in the 20th century at Bygones in Torquay where you can find a Victorian street complete with a sweetshop and learn about what it was like to live in the era.

Diggerland Devon 

Get hands on with real diggers and other machinery at Diggerland Devon, suitable for ages 4 to 40+, with plenty of rides, experiences and activities to have a go at.

The BIG Sheep 

Enjoy a jam-packed day of entertainment at The BIG Sheep, with a roller coaster, sheep racing, live shows, splash zone and plenty more – the whole family won’t want to leave!

Gardens & Parks

Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey is a beautiful Abbey and Estate in Yelverton which offers a great range of walks outside to be enjoyed and history within the building to be unearthed.

Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey is a working monastery home to Benedictine monks on the edge of Dartmoor where you can peruse the beautiful grounds and visit the Monastic Shop.

Wildwood Escot 

Wildwood Escot is a treat for the whole family, from a hedge maze to animal enclosures, zip line to an indoor soft-play area, whatever the age, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens 

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens are situated in Budleigh Salterton, East Devon and provide a wonderful mix of plants, lawns and water features as well as children’s activities.


Discover a magical estate with an extinct volcano and Iron Age hill fort as well as a charming 18th century house at Killerton.

History & Heritage

Exeter Cathedral

Dating back 900 years, Exeter Cathedral boasts magnificent Gothic architecture and a wealth of rich history to be explored.

Morwellham Quay

A historical day out, Morwellham Quay was once the greatest copper port in Queen Victoria’s Empire, enjoy an underground train through the copper mine and plenty of Victorian themed activities.

Torre Abbey 

A museum of history and art, Torre Abbey can be found in Torquay on the English Riviera and boasts gorgeous gardens alongside lots of events and exhibitions to be enjoyed.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter is full to the brim with fascinating exhibits and plenty of different events happening throughout the year.

Coldharbour Mill 

One of the oldest working woollen mills in the UK, Coldharbour Mill is located in Cullompton and is Victorian; it provides visitors with the opportunity to gain insight into what manufacturing was like during the 19th century.

Clovelly Village

Clovelly Village is a beautifully picturesque, traditional fishing village paved with cobbled streets and drenched in amazing history.


Saltram is a Georgian home complete with glorious parkland and even a Chapel tearoom, with plenty to be discovered this magnificent estate is one for everybody.

Castle Drogo 

Near Exeter, Castle Drogo has lots to explore, from a secret garden to walks down to an ancient gorge.


Let the little ones run wild at Knightshayes in Tiverton as they learn about growing vegetables and insects whilst the adults can soak up the elegant surroundings.

Arlington Court 

Arlington Court Estate houses an intriguing Victorian home and is a huge 3,500 acres, complete with pretty gardens and a stable block which houses the very grand gold Speaker’s State coach which was last used at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Railways & Boats

South Devon Railway 

Hop aboard the South Devon Railway and take a trip back in time as you explore the glorious countryside between Buckfastleigh and Totnes.

Seaton Tramway 

With a new and state of the art station, Seaton Tramway provides a fun journey through the stunning Axe Valley on heritage trams.

Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company 

Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company offer a steam train route between Paignton and Kingswear as well as boat cruises on the River Dart from Dartmouth passing the nearby pretty village of Dittisham and to the quirky town of Totnes.

Stuart Line Cruises 

Enjoy a peaceful ride on the River Exe with Stuart Line Cruises and spot the diverse local wildlife and during the summer; sail along the Jurassic Coast or to a seaside resort on the English Riviera.


Pecorama is situated in Beer in East Devon, here you can find a range of wonderful family activities such as play areas and the Beer Heights Light Railway.

Devon Railway Centre 

Found near Tiverton, the Devon Railway Centre is home to a great selection of railway themed attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Thrill Seeking

River Dart County Park 

River Dart County Park offers over 90 acres of adventure playground that the whole family will enjoy, from mini zip wires to a Pirate Ship with a desert island, toddlers beach to picturesque walks along the River Dart.

Woodlands Family Theme Park 

Spend a fun-filled day exploring Woodlands Family Theme Park near Dartmouth, the little ones (and big ones!) will love the indoor play area, assault courses, zoo-farm and watercoasters.

Crealy Great Adventure Park 

With thrilling rides, diverse animals and themed indoor play areas, a day at Crealy Great Adventure Park will never be a dull one!

The Milky Way Adventure Park 

In Bideford, North Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park promises bundles of fun to be had by all, take a ride on the exhilarating roller coaster, have a go at laser shooting or watch a show, there’s so much to do.

Watermouth Castle 

Perched on the water’s edge in Ilfracombe, Watermouth Castle is a family theme park and castle with tons to keep the kiddies engaged all day long.

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