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.
Dinkys Play Cafe (< 1 mile)
Dinkys Play Cafe
Soft play and ball pools for under 7s and a dedicated soft play pen for under 2s with toys, walkers and ride-ons for all within this child friendly cafe.
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.
The Quay Climbing Centre (< 1 mile)
The Quay Climbing Centre
Offering over 200 climbing lines, walls ranging from 7 to 14 metres, plus two bouldering caves, two training walls, a teaching zone and abseil tower. For over 7s.
St Nicholas Priory (< 1 mile)
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...
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!
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.
Exeter Woollen Trail (< 1 mile)
Exeter Woollen Trail
'Explore many of the key sites of Exeter's most important industry of the past, the woollen cloth trade.'
Curious About Exeter (< 1 mile)
Curious About Exeter
is a unique experience: 2 treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Answer clues and match pictures, whilst reading stories about this fabulous city. Buy or download the booklet then explore in your own time.
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema) (< 1 mile)
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema)
'Founded in 1994, the Centre contains an enormous collection relating to the history of film and visual media. From shadow puppets to Shirley Temple dolls, from magic lanterns to Marilyn Monroe postcards, there is something to fascinate every visitor.'
Exeter Sculpture Walk (1 miles)
Exeter Sculpture Walk
Over 20 sculptures located both outside and in the university buildings. For art lovers or anyone with an appreciation for beauty.
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
Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Haldon Forest Park (5 miles)
Haldon Forest Park
Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there's something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter.
Killerton (6 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
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)
Come to multi award-winning Quad World where everyone can join in the fastest growing sport in the UK! Never tried a quad before?, No problem! You will get full tuition on a one-to-one basis and full protective clothing.
Canonteign Falls (8 miles)
'Home to England's highest waterfall, descending a staggering 220 ft, Canonteign Falls is a breathtaking tourist attraction, and a wonderful day out in Devon for all the family. '
Exmouth Museum (9 miles)
Historic building commemorating and presenting Exmouth's history, come discover it for yourself!
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)
Lido with lifeguards, all weather shelter, BBQ, heated pool and reasonable rates.
Coast Complex (9 miles)
12 lanes of state of the art tenpin bowling with animated scoring and night time Glow Bowling.
Rock Garden Caves and Nursery (9 miles)
Rock Garden Caves and Nursery
'The Rock Gardens, set in the picturesque setting of the old Palace Quarry. There are about 8 acres of wild gardens, ponds, a Rock Walk with lovely views from the top and a small, but attractive illuminated cave with interesting formations, all for you to discover.'
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.
Exmouth Model Railway (9 miles)
Exmouth Model Railway
Come and see the British Countryside in miniature with 20 trains weaving their way through 115 scale miles of varied landscape; the villages, towns, stations, traffic, people and even birds in the trees all authentic to the last meticulous detail.
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. 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.
The Monkey House (10 miles)
The Monkey House
Indoor play centre and cafe with a two tier play frame 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 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.
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)
Fairlynch Museum (11 miles)
Small quirky thatched museum detailing local social, maritime and prehistoric history, including smugglers' cellar
Bovey Tracey Swimming Pool (11 miles)
House of Marbles (12 miles)
House of Marbles
Featuring the largest marble run in the United Kingdom and 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 (3 to 12s).
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.
Jacks Patch Nursery and Garden Centre (12 miles)
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)
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)
'Come along and explore some of our outstanding collections and trace the fascinating history of Mid Devon, its environment and the people who have lived and worked here.'
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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