Totnes Castle (7 miles)
A classic Norman motte and bailey castle, founded soon after the Conquest to overawe the Saxon town. A later stone shell-keep crowns its steep mound, giving sweeping views across the town rooftops to the River Dart.
Berry Pomeroy Castle (7 miles)
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Visit the most haunted castle in Devon! A historic site with a tale of love, deadly deeds and horror! Ruins for the kids to explore, and a great audio tour included in entry price.
Tore Abbey (10 miles)
800 year old Abbey and grounds to explore, with exciting interactive exhibits, including talking statues and paintings! Special Discovery backpacks and garden trails for the kids, plus a Children’s Medieval Garden, and much more!
Bygones Victorian Museum (10 miles)
Bygones Victorian Museum
Shopping as our grandparents used to shop. Memories of journeys on the romantic steam trains our parents knew. Escape into the magic lands of fantasy where every generation loves to go.
Torquays Dinosaur World (11 miles)
Torquays Dinosaur World
Bringing dinosaurs and their worlds to life! See amazing life-like dinosaurs, learn about their lives, uncover incredible fossils, enjoy the family quiz and even sit on a dinosaur!
Dartmouth Castle (15 miles)
Visiting Dartmouth? Complete your day out with a picturesque river boat trip to the castle from the town quay, landing you a minutes walk from the castle.
One of the most picturesquely- sited fortresses in England. For over six hundred years Dartmouth Castle has guarded the narrow entrance to the Dart...
Powderham Castle (15 miles)
Guided Castle Tours; Secret Garden; huge Play Fort for kids; Deer Park Safari and seasonal events located in a unique, picturesque setting beside the Exe estuary.
Saltram House and Gardens (16 miles)
Saltram House and Gardens
Magnificent Georgian mansion and tranquil gardens set in 500 acres of historic parkland. Plenty to see and do throughout the year, with a number of activities just for kids like dressing up, seasonal trails, plus croquet and other games.
St Nicholas Priory (17 miles)
St Nicholas Priory
Experience Tudor life in the heart of Exeter in this lovely recreated Elizabethan town house. Replica furniture and items you can actually touch, plus the chance to dress up and more!
Buckland Abbey (17 miles)
Ancient gem in Dartmoor to discover, with beautiful 13th century Abbey, Gardens and Estate to explore, with a fascinating history. Quizzes and trails for the kids, plus a number of exciting family events throughout the year.
Exeter Woollen Trail (17 miles)
Exeter Woollen Trail
Explore the history of Exeter’s woollen cloth trade, on this free trail that will lead you to several key sites. There are also a number of interesting places to visit along the way.
A La Ronde (17 miles)
A La Ronde
Unique 18th Century House with interesting interior decoration and some quirky collections. Surrounded by a huge meadow you can also explore. Dogs on leads welcome.
Crownhill Fort (18 miles)
Astonishingly well preserved and bound to get their little imaginations going, it's an inconspicuous looking hilltop actually hosting 4 fighting levels, 32 cannon placements, nearly a half mile of secret tunnels, and concealed accommodation for 300 soldiers! Sneaky!
Okehampton Castle (19 miles)
The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in an outstandingly picturesque setting that won't help at all when you tell the kids it's meant to be haunted! Riverside picnic area and woodland walks around the castle grounds with a stream teeming with wildlife.
Overbecks Museum and Garden (21 miles)
Overbecks Museum and Garden
Explore the home of Otto Overbeck. See his inventions, and really diverse collections, from beetles to maritime history. Amazing gardens to explore, and plenty of activities to entertain everyone, from trails and quizzes, to tours of the garden and house.
Killerton (23 miles)
Elegant 18th century historical home with landscaped gardens and parkland to explore. Dress in historical costume, follow numerous trails (including a toddler and buggy friendly one), spot the Bear Hut, go on a scavenger hunt, and much more!
Tiverton Castle (29 miles)
Atmospheric castle and beautiful walled gardens to explore with the kids. Hear ghost stories, discover secret passages, feel the weight of a cannon, or try on some armour. A great day out!
Quince Honey Farm (35 miles)
Quince Honey Farm
Visit Quince Honey Farms for Beeworld; a uniquely designed indoor apiary with lots of interactive buttons to open the working hives, magnifying the bees even closer so that you get a really detailed look at this fascinating world. Nowhere else in the world can you get such an intimate view of the inner...
Daphne du Mauriers Smugglers Museum (36 miles)
Daphne du Mauriers Smugglers Museum
A fascinating collection of fine smuggling artefacts and tales of wreckers and smugglers over the past 300 years. Sure to get kids' imaginations going!
The Town Mill (39 miles)
The Town Mill
A working water mill with hundreds of years of history. There is also a gallery, a micro brewery, pottery and cheesemonger. Free to visit.
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum (41 miles)
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum
Beautiful farmland and orchard to explore, with a number of animals to meet, plus a fascinating Cider Museum, and a Farm Shop and Tearoom. Learn all about farming and cidermaking from a family who have been doing it for generations!
Lanhydrock (42 miles)
A National Trust managed estate with house, gardens, expanse of woodland, parks and riverside paths, tea room, restaurant and gift shops. Kids will love the Touch and Discover tables, the train trail around the house, the school room and Victorian toys, plus the adventure playground to burn off that last bit...
Forde Abbey House and Gardens (43 miles)
Forde Abbey House and Gardens
A historical and educational visit made fun through the great effort invested in their Children's Packs, which keep families interested and entertained while they learn.
Clovelly Village (44 miles)
A whole village full of friendly people and unusual things to do, like visiting a donkey, making a scarf, or flying an owl! Plus boat trips, loads of other craft workshops and simple fishing from the harbour wall. It's like a living kid's TV show!
Bishops Lydeard Mill (45 miles)
Bishops Lydeard Mill
Visit a working watermill, plus see a number of trades on display, including coopering and saddling. Explore a Victorian kitchen, a Blacksmith’s forge, and a preserved Wheelwright’s shop. Fun and interactive displays, plus authentic sounds and smells!
Arlington Court (45 miles)
Grand Victorian mansion, working stables, and Carriage Museum to discover, plus over 2,700 acres of grounds to explore, and a Bat Cave! Childrens Play trail, with Pooh Stick Bridge, den building, Wilderness play area and much more!
Tintagel Castle (45 miles)
With its spectacular location on Cornwalls dramatic and windswept Atlantic coastline, Tintagel is a place of magic and myth where the legend of King Arthur was born. This historic spot is rich in flora and fauna and provides a breeding ground for sea birds, lizards and butterflies. Tintagel Castle is...
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre (46 miles)
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre
Discover the many interesting things that have been recovered from shipwrecks, plus learn the full story of Charlestown harbour and the clay industry. Highlights include the RNLB Amelia, plus a German armoured dress diving suit!
Dunster Water Mill (48 miles)
Dunster Water Mill
• Experience the sights and sounds of a working watermill and discover how flour is produced. Integral museum containing a wonderful collection of farming tools. Part of Dunster Castle and Gardens. A joint ticket for both attractions is available.
Dunster Castle (48 miles)
The site of the castle, which dates back to Norman times, the house and gardens provide a great space to explore with the whole family! Come along and discover the diversity of the wildlife in the gardens, find out about bats and find the secret passage way in the house!
Watersmeet (49 miles)
A dramatic stretch of the South West Coast Path, with one of Britain’s deepest river gorges. Edwardian tearoom and gardens, Iron Age hill forts to discover, plus plenty of wildlife, including otters, red deer and buzzards!
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (50 miles)
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Beautiful and historic gardens with charming features to appeal to kids, like a play area, bridged waterways, sculpture trail and a secret walk! Dogs on leads welcome.
National Lobster Hatchery (52 miles)
National Lobster Hatchery
A Visitors Centre is attached to this marine conservation, research and education charity which offers interactive displays, young lobsters to meet, plus a resident giant lobster and Edible and Spider Crabs.
Montacute House (54 miles)
Stunning Elizabethan mansion surrounded by beautiful grounds. Explore the house and gallery, beautiful gardens and parkland with free guided tour.
Portland Castle (57 miles)
The history of this fortress, which overlooks Portland harbour, is diverse and fascinating.
Nothe Fort (58 miles)
A thrilling labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. Constructed on three levels accessed by lift, the Fort is filled with displays, mammoth guns and cinema areas that chart the history of this large and magnificent Victorian structure.
Buccaneer Bay (59 miles)
Discover the secrets of Pirate life as you journey through caves and coves with Captain Calico Jack and his swashbuckling crew! Listen to tales about mythical creatures and characters of legend from Cornwall’s past.
Woodlands Leisure Park (12 miles)
Woodlands Leisure Park
is an all weather attraction, theres something for everyone nestled in 90 acres with various adventure play zones, perfect for entertaining children of all ages! Let off steam in massive Fun Factories, indoor rides, 2 Master Blaster Arenas and Soft Play Centres.
Crealy Great Adventure Park (19 miles)
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the fun and excitement of Devon's Great Adventure Park! Fly through the air, splash through flowing water, explore mystical woodlands and meet the cutest creatures. Complete with rides, masses of indoor play, the regions friendliest animals and...
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary (3 miles)
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary
A tropical landscaped garden filled with exotic butterflies, beautiful birds, fish and terrapins, plus several species of otter. Make sure the bigger kids take a camera!
Prickly Ball Farm (5 miles)
Prickly Ball Farm
Hedgehog hospital and farm with lots of animals to meet plus daily activities, talks and hands-on fun.
Paignton Zoo (10 miles)
With more animals than anyone else in the South West, you're in for a really wild time - A great day out for the kids and all the family. Looking for an exciting day out in Devon? Come in and get close to over two thousand creatures at one of the South Wests most exciting visitor attractions, but...
Living Coasts (11 miles)
Coastal Zoo and Aquarium where you can mingle with penguins, see otters, octopus and seal plus there are underwater viewing areas and a cafe.
Shaldon Zoo (11 miles)
A compact yet hugely diverse conservation park, offering observation of rare and endangered species of primate, small mammal, bird and reptile. Loads of information if you want to take it educational, plus keeper talks and bonus experiences.
Dartmoor Zoological Park (13 miles)
Dartmoor Zoological Park
There are over 200 animals at Dartmoor Zoological Park: from tiny stick insects to Ben our Brown Bear or Josie our Lion, all set in over 30 acres of beautiful parkland. Discover something different, learn something amazing and help us make tomorrow's world rich in animal life.
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (18 miles)
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre
Small, private, family run centre providing seasonal flying displays. Courses and Experience Days offered year round weather permitting, including handling and hawk or owl walks. By appointment only.
National Marine Aquarium (20 miles)
National Marine Aquarium
The visual spectacular of the Atlantic Ocean tank is a wow with kids: they're sure to get a unique and inspiring take on of what makes fish such fascinating animals from the menacing Sand Tiger and Nurse Sharks to the graceful Eagle Rays to the mighty Tarpon and Barracuda.
Yaraks Bird of Prey (26 miles)
Yaraks Bird of Prey
Standalone unique and specialist Bird of Prey Centre offering flying displays, handling plus flying experiences with eagles, owls hawks and falcons. Run by professional falconers who class their charges as family.
The Donkey Sanctuary (27 miles)
The Donkey Sanctuary
We are a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide. Visitors can spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and enjoying beautiful coastal and countryside walks. We have a maze, nature centre and donkeys to âadoptâ, along...
Alpaca Trekking With Bearhouse Alpacas (28 miles)
Alpaca Trekking With Bearhouse Alpacas
is an alpaca farm situated in the Roncombe Valley, an area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, just outside Sidbury, East Devon. We have approximately 70 alpacas on 40 acres of land and offer alpaca trekking around the bridleways surrounding our farm.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Ashburton with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Devon can enjoy the great day out as well.
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