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 - www.southdevonrailway.co.uk
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 - www.ottersandbutterflies.co.uk
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, various - 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 – 01803842382
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.
Dainton Park Golf Course – 01803 815000
Book online to get 20% off www.daintonparkgolf.co.uk
Go Ape, Haldon Forest Park, nr Exeter – 0845 0949621
Royal Torbay Yacht Club, Torquay – 01803 292006
Torquay Quad Centre, Torquay – 01803 615660
Forest Cycle Hire, Haldon Forest Park nr Exeter – 01392 833768
Dartmoor Electric Bikes - www.highdart.co.uk/electric-bikes 01364 631292 / 07795 999754
Especially suited to kids
Woodlands Family Theme Park, Blackawton nr Dartmouth – 01803 712598
Pennywell Farm, 01364642023
Babbacombe Model Village 01803 315315
Powderham Castle, Kenton nr Dawlish – 01626 890243
Crealy Adventure Park – Clyst st Mary nr Exeter - 01395 233200
Rainbow Fun House, Torquay – 01803 296926
World of Country Life, Exmouth nr Exeter – 01395 274533
Splashdown@Quaywest, Paignton – 01803 555550
All 4 Kids UK directory of holiday clubs
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Spa treatments and Pamper Days
Treat yourself to a luxury treatment in the comfort of your cottage - visit www.mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk to book