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Things To Do & Days Out near Plymouth
Merchant's House Museum (< 1 mile)
Merchant's House Museum Currently closed for conservation work. From Elizabethan privateers to 4 mini museums in one, the Merchant's House has an interesting history. A fascinating walk through to add to a day trip.
ClayArt (< 1 mile)
ClayArt Paint Your Own Pottery Studio is an indoor activity and is great for sunny or rainy days. It is great fun for everyone and brings out your creative side!
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (< 1 mile)
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery Museum and Art Gallery with extensive collections, hands-on activities and family events throughout the year.
Curious About Plymouth (< 1 mile)
Curious About Plymouth is a unique experience: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Keep the kids happy answering clues and matching pictures, whilst reading stories about this majestic maritime port. Buy the booklet from our website and explore in your own time.
Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink (< 1 mile)
Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink boasts the only ice rink in the South West, the Swiss Lake Ice Rink is fitted with a state-of-the-art light and disco system so the regular ice discos held here have the best sound around.
National Marine Aquarium (< 1 mile)
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.
West Hoe Park (< 1 mile)
West Hoe Park Park with a large childrens play area, a miniature railway and putting green, crazy golf, trampolines, merry-go-round and bouncy castle.
Tinside Lido (< 1 mile)
Tinside Lido Open May to September the pool includes fountains, inflatable fun sessions, views across Plymouth Sound, a sunbathing terrace, lounger, deckchair and wetsuit hire and grea disabled access.
Tenpin Plymouth (< 1 mile)
Tenpin Plymouth is a bowling centre located in the Barbican Leisure Park. We have 24 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English 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!
Mount Wise Swimming Pool (2 miles)
Mount Wise Swimming Pool Outdoor pool plus toddler paddling and activity pools by sunbathing terrace which is surprisingly free to use! Kids' fun in the leisure section includes fountains and stepping stones plus whirl and bubble pools: yay!
Mount Edgcumbe (2 miles)
Mount Edgcumbe Woodland, beach, park and pond, if you're looking for nature you can't go wrong here! Added interesting bits in the form of boat trips, an interactive sawmill and 'bat-cam'! Plus a historic house and gardens to explore.
Plymouth Ski Centre (3 miles)
Plymouth Ski Centre Offers skiers, snowboarders and bladers of all levels the facilities to practice and learn new skills, plus an exhilarating 650 meter toboggan run and exciting Sno Tube rides.
Crownhill Fort (3 miles)
Crownhill Fort 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!
Plym Valley Railway (3 miles)
Plym Valley Railway Heritage railway centre preserving steam and diesel locomotives, carriages, wagons, and other historic railway artefacts to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone age. We operate passenger trains on selected days from our station at Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge Platform.
123 Jump Play Centre (3 miles)
123 Jump Play Centre Featuring a fantastic play-frame, an enormous inflatable, an indoor football pitch and a zone just for toddlers. Adults are encouraged to go into the play frame with their kids, so wear socks!
Drakes Den (4 miles)
Drakes Den is a super colourful multi level adventure play frame with dedicated toddler version alongside. Plus cool car and trike road themed track with gas pumps, football and basketball area and seriously comfy sofas. Hooray!
Saltram House and Gardens (4 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.
Plymouth Miniature Steam (4 miles)
Plymouth Miniature Steam Two 71/4 gauge Wren locomotives and 2 battery powered diesels provide the pulling power for a sweet little jaunt for train lovers of all ages.
Dartmoor Zoological Park (7 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.
Buckland Abbey (8 miles)
Buckland Abbey 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.
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust (10 miles)
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust Award winning, living history museum and visitor centre. Explore a historic village, ride on the railway, and go deep underground in the Copper Mine! Set in the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape near the river Tamar.
Tamar Valley Donkey Park (11 miles)
Tamar Valley Donkey Park Fun for all with Donkeys, Sheep, Pigs, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs to feed and pet plus a huge indoor play barn!
Bigbury on Sea Beach (11 miles)
Bigbury on Sea Beach Blue Flag awarded sandy beach, with sea tractor visits to Burgh Island available.
Tree Surfers (12 miles)
Tree Surfers Outdoor adventure for the whole family. Test yourselves on our tree top ropes trail with rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip wires. Hire a bike to explore 30kms of woodland trails through the Tamar Valley, or see if you are more Robin Hood than Maid Marion on our Archery range.
Southwest Segway Adventure (12 miles)
Southwest Segway Adventure is a Segway adventure tour set in the Tamar Valley. Experience a thrilling off road tour in a stunning world heritage site.
The Bar and Cove Vean (12 miles)
The Bar and Cove Vean Isolated but safe for swimming and snorkelling with plenty of rock pools to explore. Two separate linked beaches, both sandy, one with bronze age remains to explore.
Play Planet (12 miles)
Play Planet is an indoor soft play centre for kids aged 0 to 11. With ball pools, slides, nets and a dedicated toddler area there is plenty to keep children entertained. There is also a cafe where you can sit and relax with a coffee, cake or light lunch.
The Monkey Sanctuary (12 miles)
The Monkey Sanctuary We have been offering a safe and beautiful woodland home to monkeys in need since 1964. Much more than just monkeys, it's a great day out for the whole family, and all income goes to support out charitable work.
Meadowlands (12 miles)
Meadowlands features a family leisure pool with fabulous flume slide and interactive water fun features for children, plus length pool for serious swimming, exercise and development.
The Dartmoor Mystery Treasure Trail (12 miles)
The Dartmoor Mystery Treasure Trail Suitable for the whole family the Dartmoor Mystery Trail will get you exploring on this self guided themed driving Trail. Follow this popular Trail and search for the answers to the clues found in many locations around the Dartmoor area.
KartWorld (12 miles)
KartWorld Caters for all ages, with custom tracks and go karts for toddlers, children and adults!
Adrenalin Quarry (12 miles)
Adrenalin Quarry An exciting day out with a thrilling Zip Wire, hurling you over a flooded quarry at speeds that'll get your heart pumping and it's suitable for all ages! Plus a Giant Swing on a cliff, and quarry coasteering: phew!
Dartmoor Prison Museum (14 miles)
Dartmoor Prison Museum Discover the history of one of the most notorious prisons in the world, and learn about ‘life inside’. Plenty to see, from bone carvings to escape items, makeshift weapons to manacles, and more! Exciting!
Thurlestone Sands (15 miles)
Thurlestone Sands A favourite spot for water sports including kayaking, windsurfing and diving. Swimming is safe too, and lifeguard cover is full summer.
The Barn Indoor Climbing Wall (17 miles)
The Barn Indoor Climbing Wall Lead and top rope walls plus massive wooden boulder! Youth climbing club based here at weekends will accept members as young as 7. Loads of routes and options available, plus classes and training.
Polperro Model Village (17 miles)
Polperro Model Village Seven different stories of legends and superstitions from Cornish folklore and a chance to meet Merlin the Wizard. There is also a large 00 guage railway and a model village. Great ideas if you're looking for things to do in Cornwall with children.
Pennywell Farm (17 miles)
Pennywell Farm 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.
Buckfastleigh Swimming Pool (18 miles)
Buckfastleigh Swimming Pool is a heated outdoor swimming pool, set in the heart of the Devon countryside in the pretty town of Buckfastleigh. We provide a safe and fun swimming environment for people of all ages.
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary (18 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!
South Devon Railway (18 miles)
South Devon Railway All aboard for a trip on one of the best loved tourist attractions in the West Country. Travel along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes on the longest established steam railway in the southwest.
Dart Rock Climbing Centre (18 miles)
Dart Rock Climbing Centre is THE home of indoor rock climbing in the South West. Built by climbers for everyone, Dart Rock provides indoor and outdoor rock climbing activities to the highest of standards in an encouraging and fun atmosphere.
Siblyback Lake Country Park (19 miles)
Siblyback Lake Country Park An Outdoor Activity Centre with something for the whole family to enjoy, even the dog! Enjoy a wide range of activities both on and off the water including windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, high ropes, cycling and walking.
Lydford Gorge (19 miles)
Lydford Gorge offers a spectacular waterfall, a range of nature walks, loads of natural wildlife, adventure playground, bird hides, woodland sculptures and seasonal activities and events. Lovely, but wear sturdy shoes!
Overbecks Museum and Garden (19 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.
River Dart Country Park (19 miles)
River Dart Country Park 90 acres of parkland set in the Dartmoor National Park, with lakes, woodland and more to explore. Adventure playgrounds, plus a number of acitivites avilable for the whole family. You can camp here too!
Porfell Wildlife Park (19 miles)
Porfell Wildlife Park Come check out some seriously exotic animals as all your farmyard favourites. Cool Maassi Village and wonderful Woodland Walks to explore too, plus Owl Flying experiences and the chance to be a Bee Keeper for a day!
Carnglaze Caverns (20 miles)
Carnglaze Caverns consists of a guided tour around three underground caverns of Catherdral proportions set in 6.5 acres of wooded hillside. During the tour you will go about 150m into the hillside and 60m below ground.
Ashburton Swimming Pool (20 miles)
Ashburton Swimming Pool 21m heated outdoor pool, some fun sessions. Usually opens daily late May through Early September. Swings and lawned area for spectators, plus café serving refreshments. Aqua membership provides use of this and 4 other pools!
Shilstone Riding Centre (20 miles)
Shilstone Riding Centre BHS approved lessons and a pleasing variety of scenic hacks; welcomes the experienced as well as absolute beginners from over 5 years.
Totnes Castle (20 miles)
Totnes Castle 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.