Mid Devon Attractions

Situated between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park, Mid Devon boasts beautiful countryside landscapes made up of quiet farmlands, vast woodlands and a number of picturesque villages and towns. If you’re visiting Tiverton, Cullompton or Crediton, you might be wondering what else there is to do in the local area. Read on to find out what attractions can be found in Mid Devon.  

Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme 

Coldharbour Mill is one of the oldest woollen mills in the UK, having been in production since 1797. It’s been recognised as one of the best-preserved textile mills in the country by Historic England and has been largely untouched since the industrial revolution. This working museum continues to use the traditional looms and machinery to produce high quality yarn and fabrics using methods passed down through generations meaning visitors will be able to see the quality craftsmanship that goes on here. As well as the historic mills, boilers, and steam engines, Coldharbour Mill also boasts an impressive 12-acre estate to explore which include wetlands and a 18th century water wheel. 

Killerton House, Broadclyst 

Located in Broadclyst, just a short distance from Exeter, is Killerton Estate, a glorious, landscaped garden surrounded by parkland with a stunning 18th century Georgian house. The grounds surrounding the house are 640-acres of working farmland, woods, parkland, cottages and orchards. The area is now owned by the National Trust and open to the public to explore all-year round. 

Knightshayes, Tiverton 

Another National Trust-owned attraction in Mid Devon is Knightshayes, a post-war garden, 19th century parkland and Gothic Revival house, built by William Burges. You can explore the beautiful garden and park surrounding Knightshayes or head inside to discover the quirks and curiosities of this building.  

Bear Town, Cullompton 

Bear Town is an early year’s indoor role play centre, located on the outskirts of Cullompton. Its aim is to provide an immersive play experience that supports the Early Years Foundation Stage from children aged 7 and under.  

The Bear Trail, Cullompton 

Another great family-friendly attraction situated near Cullompton is The Bear Trail, a mud assault course made up of 30 obstacles across a 10-acre site. Challenge your family and friends to see who can make it over the bear nets, down the zip wire and through muddy tunnels as many times as you like within your time slot.  

Diggerland, Cullompton 

If your little ones are digger-mad they’ll certainly enjoy spending the day at Diggerland! Not only will you be able to drive and operate a real-life digger, but the attraction also contains several digger-themed rides and plenty of play areas for the kids to blow of some steam.  

Apex Race Centre, Cullompton 

Opposite Diggerland in Cullompton is Apex Race Centre, an ultra-realistic, and completely immersive driving experience. The team behind Apex Race Centre have worked with highly skilled engineers to create the most realistic driving experience off the racetrack.  

Quad World, Cullompton 

Quad World can be found between Broadclyst and Cullompton and it’s the number one family quad biking experience in the UK. Whether you’re an avid quad bike rider or if it’s your first time, you’ll get full one-to-one tuition to teach you how to ride a quad bike before taking to the race course to ride.  

Bickleigh Castle, Bickleigh 

During the warmer months of the year Bickleigh Castle is open to the public for people to tour the gardens (either guided or self-guided) and dine in the tearoom. This beautiful and historic building dates to 600 AD and has close connections with the Plantagnets, the Tudors and the Stuarts. It would be the perfect day out for someone who enjoys exploring history and heritage. 

Bridwell Park Estate, Uffculme 

Situated in the Parish of Uffculme, Bridwell Park Estate is a beautiful 18th century country house with unbeatable views of the Culm Valley and Blackdown Hills AONB. The gardens provide a haven of peace with an idyllic lake and deer who roam the grounds freely. There’s also a gothic-style chapel here and a café who offer a light and airy room to enjoy a cup of coffee or a light bite to eat.  

Tiverton Castle, Tiverton 

Originally built as a motte and bailey castle, Tiverton Castle was dismantled after the Civil War and converted into a country house in the 17th century. It stands in a defensive position above the banks of the River Exe and offers stunning views of the Mid Devon countryside. Visiting here will allow you to transport your family back in time to experience what life would have been like when the castle was in use and will provide a fun and exciting day for all! 

Devon Railway Centre, Bickleigh 

Situated in the village of Bickleigh, the Devon Railway Centre is popular Mid Devon tourist attraction which offers a unique and fun railway experience. As well as this, they also boast a model railway exhibition, an Edwardian model village and model funfair all within the grounds of the park. You can also enjoy a round of crazy gold or a picnic on the riverside.  

Other than these great attractions, there’s plenty of great walks, activities, eateries and events in the area. Click here to discover what you can do in Mid Devon. Remember to sign up to our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest Visit South Devon blog posts, events, competitions and more! 




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