Things to do in Devon
There's plenty to do in Devon and we give you just a few suggestions below – there are many more leaflets and ideas in your cottages along with suggested pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area.
Attractions and days out in Devon
South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh - 01364 644370
A seven mile former Great Western Railway line dating back to 1872 and now hosting steam trains which between the small market town of Buckfastleigh and the bustling and cultured ancient borough of Totnes.
Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, Buckfastleigh - 01364 642916
A chance to learn about exotic and beautiful butterflies from around the world as well as to watch the playful and fascinating otters. The otters are at the sanctuary for a range of reasons including for breeding and for retirement.
You can combine three attractions in one day by buying a combined ticket for Otters & Butterflies, South Devon Railway and Totnes Rare Breeds Farm.
Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Co - 01803 555872
With various departure points, including Torquay and Paignton, travel by steam train, river boat or bus. The Round Robin trip is particularly popular and allows you to travel on all three, starting the round trip from Paington, Totnes, Dartmouth or Torquay.
Greenway (NT) former holiday home of Agatha Christie, nr Galmpton, Brixham – 01803 842382
Restored by the National Trust, the former holiday home of Devon’s most popular and prolific authors on the banks of the River Dart is well worth a look around for the views, the gardens, the architecture and the story of Christie’s life. (Pre-booked parking only, or make a day of it and take the river ferry run by DSRR (see above)).
Kent’s Cavern prehistoric caves, Torquay– 01803 215136
Prehistoric caves tucked away in Torquay - a fascinating labyrinth of caverns with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations and a glimpse into life of ancient humans. The caves host seasonal events such as Shakespeare Underground and Ghost Tours.
Living Coasts, Torquay – 01803 202470
A coastal zoo and aquarium home to penguins, otters, puffins, seals, birds and more.
Occombe Farm, Marldon nr Paignton – 01803 520022
Run by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Occombe is a working farm open to the public and with a focus on learning and community. Various events for all ages are held throughout the year.
Paignton Zoo, Paignton – 01803 697500
The biggest and most popular zoo in the region, Paignton Zoo has over 2000 creatures and six animal habitats. It’s easy to get to and has great facilities for children of all ages.
Riverford Farm Field Kitchen, nr Buckfastleigh - guided tours and lunch bookable on 01803 762059
Following a self-guided tour of this organic farm famed for its veg box scheme, the reward is lunch at the Field Kitchen where fresh produce is expertly transformed into delicious family-style dishes to share.
Sharpham Vineyard, Ashprington nr Totnes– 01803 732178
This vineyard and cheese dairy is beautifully located by the River Dart and has walking trails through the estate, wine tasting sessions and courses , and a restaurant and shop.
Eden Project, St Austell Cornwall – 01726 811911
A longer drive, but the Eden Project doesn’t often go without a mention. The famous biomes feature the rainforest, Mediterranean and tropics, all within a former china clay pit in Cornwall.