We all know how expensive foreign holidays can be…and anyway, a staycation is so much fun! Especially with our fun-filled list of the top 10 things to do in Devon for the whole family to enjoy. From enthusiastic adventurers to wildlife explorers and those who just want a relaxing day out – our list gives you plenty of options when visiting this beautiful region.
Explore Exeter Cathedral
One of the most impressive sights in Devon has to be Exeter’s cathedral. This gothic-style 12th century cathedral is surrounded by medieval statuary with vaulted roofs. There are free guided tours to the cathedral every day, where you can get an insight into its history.
Take the family to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
At Bicton Park, you can enjoy over 60 acres of elegantly landscaped gardens, water features, and tropical plants. This park has also lots to offer children with its miniature village, playgrounds, and climbing camp.
Visit Okehampton Castle
If you love reading murder-mystery books, why not pay a visit to Okehamption Castle, where according to legend, Lady Howard killed all four of her husbands and built a carriage from their bones. This castle is the perfect setting for a crime story and there have even been alleged ghost sightings.
Surf or swim in North Devon’s Saunton Sands Beach
When you visit Devon, a trip to the impressive Saunton Sands Beach is an absolute must. This pet-friendly beach is frequently visited by families and surfers throughout the year due to its long stretch of water.
Have fun at the Water Park
Devon’s only aqua park, Wake Park, offers something for everyone from Ringo rides to paddle boarding. As the perfect finale to your day, take a relaxing break at the secret lake whilst enjoying the breath-taking countryside views.
Try your hands on pottery painting
At the Art Shed studio, you can paint your own pottery and create a unique gift for your loved one. There is a great variety of pottery to paint on from plates, bowls, and starfish to dragons and much more.
Spend a day at the Combe Martin Wildlife Park
Discover a stunning park set within natural streams and waterfalls at Coombe Martin Wildlife Park. There are many exotic wildlife species and plants to be found including ginkgo trees and the giant redwoods. A visit to this 28-acre woodland should be on top of your things to do in Devon itinerary.
Take part in an ultimate wall-to-wall trampoline climb
The coolest tourist attraction is located in the market town of Barnstaple. This all-weather trampoline park is the ideal place for young adults to have fun and take part in the exciting wall-to-wall trampoline climb.
Play paintball games in Southdown Woods, Barnstable
When you visit Devon with your young family, a session of paintball game should not go amiss. Just make sure you all wear your full-face safety goggles!
Rent a bicycle and ride through the Tarka Trail
A bicycle hiring centre is located next to Barnstaple Railway Station and is the perfect way to explore this beautiful market town and the Tarka Trail. There are over 120 bikes available to satisfy everyone.
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