Buckland Abbey (5 miles)
'In the 13th century, Buckland Abbey was home to the Cistercian monks who built the Abbey and the incredible Great Barn and farmed the then vast estate. The Abbey, now a house with a combination of furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries, tells the story of how two seafaring adventurers – Sir...
Callington Space Centre (8 miles)
Callington Space Centre
The Callington Space Centre is a project aiming to promote interest in astronomy and space science throughout the community.Based at Callington in Cornwall, UK the Space Centre is working hard, through education at Primary, Secondary and Adult levels, to increase awareness of the universe in which we live.
Crownhill Fort (10 miles)
Astonishingly well preserved and bound to get their little imaginations going, it's an inconspicuous looking hilltop with four fighting levels with placements for 32 cannons and six mortars, nearly a half mile of tunnels, and accommodation for 300 soldiers and officers concealed within it!
Saltram House and Gardens (12 miles)
Saltram House and Gardens
A beautiful C18th mansion surrounded by landscaped park. The mansion features an array of things for its visitors to discover.
Okehampton Castle (14 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.
Castle Drogo (18 miles)
Daphne du Mauriers Smugglers Museum (19 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!
Totnes Castle (21 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 (23 miles)
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Visit the most haunted castle in Devon! A historic site with a tale of love, deadly deeds and horror! A castle never completed, it now stands as a ruin amongst the woods and rocky outcrops of Berry Pomeroy. Let children discover the ruins and learn of a romantic history through the audio tour.
Lanhydrock (26 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...
Tore Abbey (27 miles)
Welcome to the heart of Torquay – past, present and future. Imagine the silent prayers of the Abbey's medieval "White Canons". Picture the opulent lifestyle of the Cary family who transformed the Abbey into a fine country home. Today you can experience the many lives of Torre Abbey and experience its place,...
Overbecks Museum and Garden (28 miles)
Overbecks Museum and Garden
'One of the most fascinating and exotic gardens in the South West; explore the banana garden, meander through the towering purple echiums or just relax beneath palms and soak up the spectacular panorama across miles of beautiful coastline and estuary.'
Bygones Victorian Museum (28 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 (28 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!
Tintagel Castle (28 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...
Dartmouth Castle (29 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...
St Nicholas Priory (29 miles)
St Nicholas Priory
'Adorned with quality replica furniture and painted in the bright colours of the period, the Priory is presented as the 1602 home of the wealthy Hurst family. The display of Elizabethan items from the city's collection, the addition of modern amenities and new interpretation allows greater access to the...
Exeter Woollen Trail (30 miles)
Exeter Woollen Trail
'Explore many of the key sites of Exeter's most important industry of the past, the woollen cloth trade.'
Powderham Castle (30 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.
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre (31 miles)
Charlestown Shipwreck Centre
Housed in old china clay loading premises on the waterfront, the centre has a interesting collection of objects rescued from shipwrecks - kids can also play with remote controlled boats in a mini version of the port and dock outside
Clovelly Village (33 miles)
A magnificent and unique location in the West Country, not to be missed!
Killerton (34 miles)
A historical home with costumes and comfortable country living! Enjoy the elegance of both the inside and outside of this country home, with a play park and scenic walks
National Lobster Hatchery (35 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.
Quince Honey Farm (35 miles)
Quince Honey Farm
At this world famous Honey Farm you can stand and watch these wild and wonderful creatures from the distant past. The unique design of the indoor apiary allows close up viewing in complete safety. The glass booths expose the working colonies of honeybees without interfering with their natural lifestyle.
Tiverton Castle (38 miles)
'Few buildings evoke such a feeling of history as venerable Tiverton Castle, which celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2006.'
Arlington Court (42 miles)
An attraction with many things to offer. The National Trust of Carriages, a bat cave and an intriguing house full of items and souvenirs amassed by a famous bunch of travellers!
Jurassic Coast (48 miles)
'The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England's first natural World Heritage Site - it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history. '
Pendennis Castle (49 miles)
A fortress managed by English Heritage in lovely surroundings with plenty to see and do, transporting you to the times of the Tudors and the First and Second World Wars including the sights, sounds and smells of life as a soldier and a prisoner and interactive hands-on exhibitions to make a really memorable...
Watersmeet (49 miles)
A Fishing lodge completed in c1832 surrounded by 'varied Exmoor landscapes of rocky coastline, heather moorland, wooded valleys and fast-flowing rivers.'
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum (52 miles)
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum
We are proud to share with visitors from far and wide our beautiful farm and orchards, and to show you as much as possible of how and where we make our delicious ciders.
Dunster Water Mill (53 miles)
Dunster Water Mill
The West Country's finest working water mill, built in 1680, the mill is set in magnificent surroundings alongside the River Avill overlooking Exmoor National Park, only minutes from Dunster Castle and High Street.
Dunster Castle (53 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!
Forde Abbey House and Gardens (58 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.
Woodlands Leisure Park (24 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.
Milky Way Adventure Park (32 miles)
Milky Way Adventure Park
One of Devon's biggest and best. With Devon's largest rollercoaster, a caterpillar ride that's designed just for little ones, driod destroyer dodgems and fantastic live shows throughout the day, there really is something for the whole family! All the rides, shows and vast indoor play areas are...
Crealy Great Adventure Park (34 miles)
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the thrills and spills of the Adventure Park! Fly through the air, splash through flowing water, explore mystical woodland and meet the cutest creatures. Complete with wild rides, masses of indoor play, the regions friendliest animals and NEW...
Dartmoor Zoological Park (12 miles)
Dartmoor Zoological Park
There are over 200 animals at Dartmoor Zoological Park: from tiny stick insects to Ben our Brown Bear or Solomon 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.
National Marine Aquarium (13 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.
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary (17 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 (23 miles)
Prickly Ball Farm
Hedgehog hospital and farm with lots of animals to meet plus daily activities, talks and hands-on fun.
Paignton Zoo (26 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 (28 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.
North Devon Falconry (34 miles)
North Devon Falconry
Enjoy a day hunting with their trained Harris' hawks in some of the UK's most beautiful countryside. You will receive a brief lesson in handling this magnificent bird of prey and will enjoy the reassurance of being under the watchfull eye of one of the expert falconers at all times.
Miniature Pony Centre (16 miles)
Miniature Pony Centre
- a unique friendly atmosphere with a whole host of activities, with lots to see and do, including the miniature ponies and their foals.
Pennywell Farm (17 miles)
Treat your family to the very best with a full day of hands on animal action at Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh. With animal activities, shows and rides galore all included in the admission price, you won't waste a single minute. Home of the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (21 miles)
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
More than just a petting farm, this is a non-profit-making organisation, which relies on the work of volunteers and the great support of its customers. It aims to preserve endangered species of farm animals and the diversity of British wildlife. It is also a fantastic day out!
Occombe Farm (25 miles)
Working organic farm offering childrens activities, nature and themed trails, a playground and animals to meet as well.
The Big Sheep (33 miles)
The Big Sheep
Highlights include; Sheep Racing, Lamb bottle feeding sessions, Pets Corner, Twister, Tractor, Train & Piggy Rides, Ewetopia Indoor Playground, Battlefield Live, Mountain Boarding, and much more! Good idea if you're after fun things to do in Devon with kids.
World of Country Life (34 miles)
World of Country Life
is a farm park with petting zoo, indoor play areas, daily ferret racing and animal shows, bird of prey display, farming museum, vintage car and motorcycle collection. Hand feed the animals from the deer train and eat home cooked food in the themed restaurant.
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust (4 miles)
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust
'An award-winning, evocative museum and visitor centre in the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site and Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just four miles west of Tavistock the historic port, mine workings and Estate, border the beautiful River Tamar....
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Tavistock 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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