Buckland Abbey (5 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.
Crownhill Fort (10 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!
Saltram House and Gardens (12 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.
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.
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! Ruins for the kids to explore, and a great audio tour included in entry price.
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)
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!
Overbecks Museum and Garden (28 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.
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
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!
Exeter Woollen Trail (30 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.
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
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!
A La Ronde (33 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.
Clovelly Village (33 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!
Killerton (35 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!
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
Come visit 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 workings of the honey...
Tiverton Castle (38 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!
Arlington Court (42 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!
Buccaneer Bay (43 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.
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 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 cool natural wildlife for the kids to spot, including otters, red deer and buzzards, and canoeing on the Lyn!
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum (52 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!
Dunster Water Mill (53 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 and a combo ticket for both attractions is available: bonus!
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!
The Town Mill (54 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.
Bishops Lydeard Mill (54 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!
Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre (57 miles)
Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre
An opportunity to see a working lighthouse (that is over 250 years old!) from the inside. Visitor centre with exhibitions, an audiovisual room and interactive displays for the kids. Guided tours, which last about 40 minutes, are also available
Forde Abbey House and Gardens (58 miles)
Forde Abbey House and Gardens
A historical and educational visit made fun through fantastic Children's Packs, which keep families interested and entertained while they learn. Grounds open all year. Children under 15 visit for free.
Woodlands Leisure Park (25 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
With the Cosmic Typhoon rollercoaster, Droid Destroyer dodgems, fantastic live shows and an innovative new play space for 0 to 6 year olds there really is something for everyone! All rides, shows and indoor play are included in the price.
Crealy Great Adventure Park (34 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...
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 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.
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 Come in and get close to over 2000 creatures at one of the South West's most...
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.
Shaldon Zoo (28 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.
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.
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (34 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.
Yaraks Bird of Prey (38 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.
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.
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
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