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Saddles and Paddles (< 1 mile)
Saddles and Paddles
Family oriented bike, canoe and kayak hire centre on Exeter quay with a good range of equipment, including some especially for children, such as child seats and trailers. Near a traffic free cycle trail and the canal.
Clip n Climb Exeter (< 1 mile)
Clip n Climb Exeter
Test your resolve and determination with a series of climbing based skill and puzzle adventures. Serious fun for active over 4s.
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre (< 1 mile)
Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rafting, coasteering, climbing, artificial caving are all on offer at Haven Banks down at Exeter Quay. We run week long and one day activities throughout the school holidays or book a family activity or Birthday party.
The Quay Climbing Centre (< 1 mile)
The Quay Climbing Centre
Offering over 200 climbing lines, walls ranging from 7 to 14 metres, plus 2 bouldering caves, 2 training walls, a teaching zone and an abseil tower! Designed for over 7s, complete beginners welcomed and family tasters available to try with them!
St Nicholas Priory (< 1 mile)
St Nicholas Priory
Unfortunately St Nicholas Priory is currently closed for essential building repairs.
Tenpin Exeter (< 1 mile)
is a bowling centre located in the Havenbanks Retail Park. We have 22 modern fully computerised lanes, American Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options!
Exeter Woollen Trail (< 1 mile)
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.
Exeters Underground Passages (< 1 mile)
Exeters Underground Passages
Walk and crawl through some extremely narrow passages that wind around the city's aqueducts. There is also a brief film presentation about the passages. Very interesting family day out in devon, not suitable for the under 5s or those suffering from claustrophobia.
Riverside Leisure Centre (< 1 mile)
Riverside Leisure Centre
Bumbers Backyard Soft Play Centre provides young kids with some indoor adventure, plus 25m main pool offers a full programme of activities throughout the week including casual swimming, Aquazone Lessons, Aquafit Classes and Inflatable Fun Sessions.
Curious About Exeter (< 1 mile)
Curious About Exeter
is a unique way to experience Exeter: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family involved and entertained. Answer clues and match pictures, whilst reading stories about this fabulous city. Buy or instantly download the booklet then explore at leisure.
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema) (< 1 mile)
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema)
Discover how optical entertainment has developed through the years at this great museum that is open daily and free to vist. There is plenty to see, from shadow puppets to magic lanterns!
Exeter Sculpture Walk (1 miles)
Exeter Sculpture Walk
Over 30 interesting and varied sculptures to enjoy, located both outside and in the buildings of the University of Exeter. The campus is als a registered Botanical Garden, with plenty of exotic plants, and lovely views acros the city.
Topsham Pool (4 miles)
Modern heated outdoor swimming facility, with giant inflatable and fun sessions. The pool water is 100% chlorine free and heated to 28 degrees or more.
Clyston Mill (5 miles)
Historic working watermill in a beautiful riverside setting with hands-on activities that will be certain to engage the kids.
Crealy Great Adventure Park (5 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...
Go Seqway (5 miles)
Segway tours through Haldon Forest with a choice of two types of eco friendly segways and several different tours available for kids 10 years and old. Children’s Parties offered too
Go Ape Haldon (5 miles)
Go Ape Haldon
The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Haldon Forest Park (5 miles)
Haldon Forest Park
Whether you want a quiet stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking or horse riding experience, there's something for you here! 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter with Segways, Cycle Skills Pump Loop, Go Ape and a Woodland Adventure Club!
Killerton (6 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!
Powderham Castle (6 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.
A La Ronde (8 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.
Quad World (8 miles)
Try a quad bike ride around their half mile clay track and introduce kids to the thrills of driving! For over 10s, while over 16s can use the Pro Track at a mile and half long with trickier terrain. Vroom!
Canonteign Falls (8 miles)
Visit the home of England’s highest waterfall. Over 80 acres to explore with the kids, including Nature Walk and Secret Garden. There is also a children’s assault course, a small play area and giant bunnies! A wonderful family day out.
Exmouth Museum (9 miles)
Discover the rich history of Exmouth in this great local museum that offers free entry to kids and students! Visit a Victorian kitchen, learn about local war heroes, and see loads of interesting items, including antique lace, photographs, and memorabilia.
Sams Funhouse (9 miles)
is a brand new indoor soft play centre with designated areas for over 4s, under 4s and babies. Suitable for up to 12s.
Chudleigh Lido (9 miles)
Solar heated Lido with lifeguards, all weather shelter, BBQ, heated pool and reasonable rates! Take lessons, get fit, or just have a family splash about.
Rock Garden Caves and Nursery (9 miles)
Rock Garden Caves and Nursery
8 acres of wild gardens, rock walk with great views from the top, ponds, waterfalls, and a small illuminated cave to discover. Set in the picturesque old Palace Quarry. Tea Rooms open from Easter.
Exmouth Fun Park (9 miles)
Exmouth Fun Park
Whether you're the sort to want to bounce your body around in the Bodyzorb Arena, the type to socialise with SpongeBob, or the type to quietly ride the Exmouth Express, you've got a great range of options on a pay and play token system. Easy!
Dawlish Warren Beach (9 miles)
Dawlish Warren Beach
Awarded the Blue Flag for over ten consecutive years, a sand and shingle beach with with arcades, karting, children's rides and cafes not far away.
Yaraks Bird of Prey (10 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.
Devon Railway Centre (10 miles)
Devon Railway Centre
offers a unique interactive fun rail experience with unlimited train rides around the centre and opportunities for you to become involved! Children can even clip the tickets and wave the flag to start the trains.
Budleigh Salterton Riding School (10 miles)
Budleigh Salterton Riding School
BHS approved horse riding lessons, livery and choice of scenic hacks. Special events include picnic hacks, beach rides, Own A Pony days and Summer Camps! Beginners and the experienced equally welcome.
The Monkey House (10 miles)
The Monkey House
Indoor play centre and cafe with a cool 2 tier play frame and features including balls, slides and climbing frames!
World of Country Life (10 miles)
World of Country Life
is a farm park with petting zoo, indoor play areas, daily ferret racing and animal shows, bird of prey flying display, farming museum, vintage car and motorcycle collection. Hand feed the animals from the deer train and eat home cooked food in the farm themed restaurant.
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (10 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.
Bicton Park Gardens (10 miles)
Bicton Park Gardens
Key features include the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, plus indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes.
Escot (11 miles)
Ottery St Mary
is 220 acres of natural woodlands where you can meet our resident otters, wild boar, red squirrels, peacocks and birds of prey. Discover hidden forest playgrounds, our world-class maze and a knee-trembling drop slide. The indoor play barn delights toddlers and the Coach House Restaurant serves delicious food...
Exeter Segways Paintball and Laser (11 miles)
Exeter Segways Paintball and Laser
Offering intense outdoor laser tag available for over 6s, plus rather more sedate Segway Safari Tours, but then back to brutal paint balling for over 10s and 11s! Your choice!
Fairlynch Museum (11 miles)
Small quirky thatched museum detailing local social, maritime and prehistoric history, including smugglers' cellar!
Bovey Tracey Swimming Pool (11 miles)
Bovey Tracey Swimming Pool
Heated outdoor pool with toddler pool, plus solar powered showers, parkland and refreshment amenities. Fully qualified lifeguards staff the pool at all times. Lessons available outside normal pool hours. Open between April and September.
House of Marbles (12 miles)
House of Marbles
Featuring the largest marble run in the United Kingdom and quite possibly the world! Glass Making, Game and Marble Museums, push button marble runs, a GIANT floating marble, and a great new outdoor play structure to enjoy! Go early, or you won't to leave!
Kingsteignton Swimming Pool (12 miles)
Kingsteignton Swimming Pool
Heated outdoor pools, main and toddler. Plus fully equipped to cater for disabled swimmers, changing and shower facilities plus hoist and special steps for entry into pool.
Teignmouth Lido (12 miles)
Heated and welcoming outdoor pool with some kids' fun sessions offered. Usual season May through September.
Shaldon Zoo (12 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.
The Den (12 miles)
Green Flag Awarded park close to the seafront at Teignmouth with a large, award winning childrens play area that combines dry and wet play, a multi use games area, adventure golf course facility and football pitches.
Castle Drogo (12 miles)
An exciting work in progress as the Drogo folks race to repair their castle! Come and check out the cool building works (from 86 steps up the scaffolding if you dare!) then enjoy the artistically redesigned interior and charming gardens with wendy house, riverside and ancient gorge. Plus kids'...
Becky Falls Woodland Park (13 miles)
Becky Falls Woodland Park
Voted the most beautiful place in Devon, with over 50 acres of woodland and waterfall walks to explore, plus hands-on animal encounter shows, a petting zoo, animal feeding sessions and a very popular kids' stamp trail (with a free prize for every child), all included in the entry price.
Tiverton Museum (13 miles)
Discover the fascinating history of Mid Devon from the late 19th century onwards at this great little museum that is packed with interesting items. Lively programme of exhibits, events and fun family activities. Accompanied kids under 16 visit free!
Diggerland Devon (13 miles)
Nearly 20 construction themed interactive features, including full size diggers to drive! Great for 6 to 9s.
Tiverton Castle (13 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!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Exeter 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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