Devon Association of Tourist Attractions
Our 42 members are regularly inspected to ensure they provide visitors with a
memorable day out in Devon. Ranging from stately homes to theme parks,
wilderness to wildlife, there is something for everyone. Each attraction is
This intriguing and intimate house is crowded with a lifetime of treasures amassed by
the well-travelled Miss Rosalie Chichester, including model ships, costumes, pewter
and exotic shells. In the ‘bat cave’ you can watch Devon’s largest colony of Lesser
Horseshoe bats, and in the stables is one of the finest collections of carriages and
horse-drawn vehicles in the country. Nestling in the thickly-wooded valley of the
River Yeo lies the 1,400-ha [3,500-acre] Arlington Court estate. The 12-ha [30-acre]
Victorian gardens are largely informal complete with conservatory and ornamental
pond leading to a partially-restores walled garden, which slowly comes back into a
productive vegetable area. The parkland is especially important for bats, providing
flight lines from the house to their feeding areas.
Babbacombe Model Village
Take time out from the hustle and bustle of every day life and see it recreated in
miniature with thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles. Set in 4 acres,
capture the essence of England's past, present and future. Minilluminations -
thousands of tiny lights create a totally magical atmosphere (from Easter to
September ) Horrors at Halloween plus Winter Wonderland during December.
Becky Falls Woodland Park
Voted Top Beauty Spot in Devon and visitors have been returning since the Falls first
opened to the public over a hundred years ago. Set within a stunning Dartmoor
valley, our walks and scenery offer a fun-filled day out for both young and older
visitors alike. There's a full programme of children's entertainment during school
holidays, including Animal Encounter Shows, Animal Feeding sessions, puppet shows,
storytelling and, new for this year, a genuine Victorian Flea Circus, believed to be
the last of its kind in Europe. A visit to us offers stunning scenic walks for all ages and
abilities, lots of animals to meet and feed and, of course, the beautiful Becky Falls
themselves, which were described by one newspaper as "a 70ft drop of sheer aquatic
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Enjoy over 60 acres of beautiful gardens with their soft sweeping lawns, elegant
water features, fragrant English borders and formal Gardens. Take a tranquil walk
and meander through the arboretum among some of the most majestic trees in the
country. The magnificent Palm house has a fantastic collection of palms and tropical
plants. Discover the little house of shells, the romantic Hermitage, the secret
garden, the lake, streams and woodlands. The park has plenty for children too.
There’s a miniature village, a large climbing camp and acres of informal gardens to
explore and play in. There’s an educational nature trail where many birds can be
seen feeding and heard singing, you can even learn to identify their calls. See the
Bigfoot maze, mini golf and a children’s football pitch. Relax and enjoy a meal or
snack at the Orangery Restaurant with it’s breathtaking views across the gardens.
One of the South West's top all-weather attractions for all age groups. Highlights
include the famous Sheep Racing, a massive Ewetopia indoor adventure playground
for both adults and children, new self drive tractor track and farm safari, duck trials,
a brewery, South West mountain boarding centre and much much more!!
Blackpool Sands, set in a sheltered bay surrounded by evergreens and pines is one of
South Devon’s most beautiful natural treasures. An award-winning family beach with
turquoise blue sea that gives it an almost Mediterranean feel. Lifeguard patrol and no
dogs during summer season. With sand pits, a bathing raft, kayaks for hire, a range
of delicious hot and cold food and a beach shop, it has something for all the family.
But don’t just take our word for it, come and see for yourself!
Bradworthy Transport Museum
Opened in 2006 the museum now houses over 80 historic vehicles comprising of lorries,
vans, cars, motorcycles, tractors and farm equipment dating back to 1914. Thousands
of other memorabilia including stationary engines, oil cans, advertising signs, tractor
seats and more. Spend a couple of hours exploring and discovering transport as it was
during the 20th century.
Since time immemorial, deer have been drawn to graze in the sheltered meadows
which line the banks of the river Dart in this Devonshire valley and quench their thirst
in the cooling waters which flow here from high up on the moors and down towards
the sea. It may be that it was a favoured spot for these animals, and people who saw
them thought to name the place for them as Buckfast, since the name can mean a
place where deer feel safe. For nearly a thousand years, people have been drawn
here, too. They have come to search for God. For God who is everywhere, certainly,
but as they happened upon this place, they sensed that its beauty, its silence and
tranquility, its community of people who were similarly searching, made it a place
where God might easily be found. Besides tonic wine and fudge and beeswax
products from Buckfast there are icons, bronze and religious art, soaps and
cosmetics, jams, preserves and cordials, beer, wine and liqueurs, biscuits, prunes -
even fertilizer for your garden!
Buckland’s peaceful setting today belies its swashbuckling past, brought to life
through exhibitions and redesigned galleries, including new introductory film,
computer interactives and great statue of Drake. See Drake’s Drum, plasterwork
ceilings and the fascinating kitchen. Beautiful new Elizabethan garden and family
Shopping as our grandparents used to shop with a Victorian street featuring over 20
different shops filled with thousands of original items. Enjoy the sweet shop’s sugary
scents and experience the drama of the World War 1 trenches set in 1916 France.
Memories of journeys on the romantic steam trains our parents knew. Escape into the
magic lands of fantasy where every generation loves to go. The unexpected is to be
found at Bygones.
The breathtaking Canonteign Falls lies in the beautiful Teign Valley. Here you will
find England’s Highest Waterfall descending almost vertically for 220ft and then on
down through a spectacular combination of massive rock formations, ancient
woodland and cascades to the lakes below. They say that there is something special
about this place: both children and adults love the nature trails through the woods
and falls or amongst the lakes around the Wetland Nature Reserve.
The last castle built in England. Castle Drogo is a magnificent modern fantasy in
granite, built in the heart of Dartmoor by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the India tea baron
Julius Drewe, a modern ‘medieval’ fortress towering above Teign Gorge.. Inside it
feels comfortable, sophisticated and personal. Outside there is a large and beautiful
formal garden and glorious walks through the 700-acre estate that includes the
wooded gorge of the River Teign.
Clovelly’s ancient Devon heritage is enriched by its own unique ingredients of traffic
free cobbled streets, donkeys and sledges, and flower-strewn cottages tumbling down
a 400 foot cliff. It lingers in the past, with a quality and peace of life that brings
visitors of all nationalities to marvel at and enjoy its beauty and tranquility. There is
much to see and do. The visitor Centre has a range of shops and a café, and the
audio-visual theatre shows the intriguing history of Clovelly. Nearby is Clovelly Court
with its restored Victorian greenhouses and kitchen garden. Near the memorial
garden at the top of the cobbled street there is an old stable block, which houses a
silk workshop and a pottery. Then down the cobbles in to the heart of Clovelly. Lanes
wander off to little chapels, enchanting cottage gardens and the nooks and crannies
of life in Clovelly. By St Peters there is a cottage preserved as a 19th century
fisherman’s home and another cottage, which is a museum for Charles Kingsley.
Combe Martin Wildlife Park
Set in 26 Acres of Sub Tropical paradise, this stunning park is not only home to some
of the most endangered animals on the planet, but also takes you back to prehistoric
times when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Come and see the UK’s only full size
animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, along with a vicious pair of interacting Megalosaurs,
and Dilophosaurus, the ‘Spitting’ Dinosaur. For those visitors wild about wildlife, this
beautiful park has many exotic animals including Snow Leopards, Timber Wolves, Sea
lions, Primates and Meerkats. Be enthralled by the spectacular Sea Lion Shows and
Falconry Displays and don’t forget to take part in the Lemur Encounters and Animal
The Visitor Centre at Dartington Crystal explains the story of glassmaking. Watch
carefully as our craftsmen work together to transform hot molten crystal into elegant
shapes, perfecting an art 3000 years in the making! Take home a reminder of your
visit. Both adults and children can get involved in the hands-on Glass Art Activities
Area. Our Crystal Shop has an extensive range of superb Dartington Crystal made just
a few feet away.
Defender of Dartmouth for 600 years, Dartmouth Castle stands in a superb water side
location, guarding the entrance to the Dart estuary. Magnificent battlement views
and a fascinating history make the Castle the perfect venue for a great day out.
Leave the car behind and arrive by passenger ferry from Dartmouth Quay.
Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park
Crealy offers an unforgettable day packed with magic, fun and adventure for all the
family, with Tidal Wave log flume, El Pastil Loco Coaster, Queen Bess Pirate Ship,
Techno Race Karts, Victorian Carousel and huge all weather play areas. Visit the
Animal Realm to ride, feed and cuddle Devon's friendliest animals. Relax and unwind
on the Prairie Train tour around the Dragonfly Lake. Enjoy excellent Westcountry
food and drinks at great prices!
Dingles Steam Village and Fairground Heritage Trust
Nestling in the peaceful West Devon countryside, Dingles Steam Village and the
Fairground Heritage Trust offers a unique opportunity to view our Industrial Heritage
in a beautiful rural location. There are working and static exhibits of Steam Engines &
Vintage Machinery and a collection of Road Signs of National Importance. Since 2003,
Dingles has also been the home of the Fairground Heritage Trust, and many items
from the National Fairground Collection can be seen on display. The cafeteria is open
all day for coffee, lunches and cream teas, and is housed in a beautifully converted
barn, full of character, along with a gift shop and award winning toilets!
Home of the Exmoor Beast. Animal encounters and Keeper Talks throughout the day.
Specialising in smaller animals living in natural surroundings. A unique and unusual
zoo with a relaxed and natural atmosphere for all the family.
GoApe Forest Adventures
Three hours of tree top adventures including Tarzan Swings into giant rope nets, zip
wires through the tree tops, crawl through tunnels and high wire rope bridges. If you
want adventure and have a head for heights then Haldon Forest is the place to GoApe!
Kents Cavern recognised as the most important Palaeolithic cave system in Britain
and is home to the most spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations. The caves
are so important to the history of Britain and ancient Britons that they are classified
as the oldest Scheduled Ancient Monument in Britain. These beautiful caves are one
of Devon's best kept secrets. You can visit these prehistoric caves and discover how
the earliest evidence of Stone Age tool making in Britain was found. Home to the
great cave bear, you will see skeletal remains of this bear. Kents Cavern rock is
Devonian Coralline Limestone, a rock that has given its name to an internationally
recognised period of time, the Devonian. The caves are made also home to the most
spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations.
A family home famed for costumes and comfortable living. An elegant 18th-century
house with wonderful views over the Devon countryside. Various exhibitions during
the year including Behind the Scenes, Victorian Laundry plus costumed tours of the
Living Coasts features a range of fascinating coastal creatures from loud and loveable
penguins to playful fur seals, colourful puffins to sea ducks. There are reconstructed
beaches, cliff-faces and an estuary. A huge meshed aviary allows the birds to fly free
over your head, while special windows and tunnels give stunning crystal clear views
of the birds and seals underwater. Then relax in the water-side café with its
stunning views across Tor Bay, where you can enjoy morning coffee, lunch or a real
Devon cream tea - all with the best view in South Devon.
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
A unique Victorian Water Powered Lift, giving access to spectacular cliff top walks.
The Cliff Railway joins the village of Lynton to its sister village of Lynmouth, 900ft
below. Only a short walk from the beautiful beach at Watersmeet and close to the
attractive fishing harbour, shops restaurants and cafés.
Milky Way Adventure Park
North Devon's Great Adventure - open weekends and school holidays right through the
winter! The Milky Way Adventure Park in North Devon has it all. With adventure, live
entertainment, education and even an alien encounter, it's a great all weather day
out for the whole family whatever the weather!
Miniature Pony and Animal Farm
Dartmoor’s Miniature Pony and Animal Farm has over 150 animals, including our
famous miniature ponies and donkeys. Explore the 20 acres of beautiful Dartmoor
parkland you will meet lots of very friendly pigs, goats, calves, lambs and birds.
Enjoy scenic walks along nature trails, take time to relax by the tranquil lakes or
have a picnic in our beautiful parkland. Set in an idyllic surroundings in the heart of
National Marine Aquarium
Immerse yourself at Britain's Biggest, Europe's Deepest Aquarium. Take the plunge
beneath the waves and enter an alien world. Your journey starts at the National
Marine Aquarium, where towering reefs and teeming coral seas are home to awe-
inspiring creatures of the deep. It's an experience guaranteed to open your eyes - and
change the way you look at the sea forever. Take a trip to the seashore and peer
into rock pools, where starfish, crabs and sea anemones make their home. There are
daily talks and friendly guides on hand to make sure you don't miss a thing - and
remember the more you look the more you see! Stand transfixed in front of the
panoramic 2-storey high Atlantic Reef. Look up from the seabed to the surface while
majestic rays sweep past and 2 metre congers lurk in dark crevasses. Then visit the
Mediterranean Seas and tiptoe to the edge of a giant ravine, experiencing the
sensation of total underwater immersion, where fish swim all around and even above
you - only 9cm of acrylic separating your world from theirs. Suddenly, gliding out of
the gloom, an awesome Sand Tiger shark confronts you, nose-to-nose. The bright and
busy metropolis of the coral seas will entrance you with its flashing neon colours,
amaze you with its fantastical and sometimes comical inhabitants - maybe you will
even spot a human trespasser diving to deliver food.
Visitors can cover thousands of miles in just a few hours and on foot, on a worldwide
nature trail at Paignton Zoo. Scorching deserts, frozen poles, African Savannah and
the rain forest of South America are all represented. You can find tigers, lions,
gorillas, orang-utans, elephant, giraffes, zebras, black rhinos and much more…
Pecorama, at Beer in East Devon, is home to the award-winning Beer Heights Light
Railway, PECO Model Railway Exhibition and also now the PECO Millennium
Celebration Garden. A fleet of one diesel and five steam miniature locomotives pulls
passenger carrying trains on a mile long route through the grounds, over bridges,
through steep-sided cuttings and a long dark tunnel. The Millennium Celebration
Garden consists of not one but five very different gardens. Each is linked by
attractive walkways whilst stunning stonework and special water features continually
catch the eye.
Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre
Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre, Silver winner of the Tourism Excellence Award
for 2008 plus other national awards over the last few years, near Buckfastleigh offers
a unique Devon family day out with hands on activities and crafts. Children can
marvel at the big and small, the heavy and light, the old and young animals and birds
in every shape, form and species around the Pennywell acres. Many special events
are planned throughout the year including Lambing Specials, Sheep Dog Trials, Faith
on the Farm and themed weeks during the half term holidays.
Celebrating 50 years of welcoming visitors. Family home of the Earl of Devon for
over 600 years with mesmerising views of the beautiful Exe Estuary. See the stunning
state rooms, feel the hairs stand up on the back of your neck on the haunted landing,
find the secret doors and experience the Victorian kitchens. See the fallow deer herd
roaming the park land. Meet the friendly pets in the Secret Garden and be king or
queen of your own castle in our adventure play area - Courtenay Fort and much much
Quince Honey Farm
An entertaining education for young and old! View the complete story of honey
production and beeswax from the hive to the finished product. Founded in 1949 the
farm has grown over the years until today it is the largest honey farm in the country.
The large exhibition halls were added in 1980 when the farm moved to its current
RHS Garden Rosemoor
The Royal Horticultural Society Garden Rosemoor is one of the most popular visitor
destinations in the South West. Set deep in a stunning wooded Devon valley, visitors
can enjoy a unique and enchanting garden that is beautiful at any time of year. Cited
by judges at recent RHS Chelsea Flower Shows as having a gold medal standard
garden; sadly they didn't receive an actual medal as they’re RHS members!
River Dart Adventures
River Dart Adventures is situated on the southern slopes of Dartmoor. It covers an
area of 90 acres, which was once part of a Victorian Country Estate. Within the park
are private walks alongside a mile of the River Dart plus extensive adventure
playgrounds. The open moors of Dartmoor are within a few minutes, offering
marvelous walks and car tours.
Saltram House and Gardens
This perfectly proportioned Palladian mansion with a Tudor heart, is the result of
centuries of extravagance and sophistication. It features some of Robert Adam’s
finest interiors and an exceptional collection of paintings, including ten by Sir Joshua
Reynolds. Gallery of local art in the chapel. Saltram starred in the film of Sense and
Discover East Devon's glorious Axe Valley - from the top deck of a heritage tram.
Take a journey from Seaton, the gateway town to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast,
through two nature reserves alongside the Axe estuary, to historic Colyton, "Devon's
most rebellious town".
South Devon Railway
A seven mile long former Great Western Railway branch line that hugs the beautiful
River Dart all the way from Buckfastleigh on the southern fringes of Dartmoor to the
town of Totnes. South Devon Railway trains are hauled by historic steam
locomotives, most of them built by the GWR in the 1920s and 30s.
Stuart Line Cruises
Stuart Line Cruises is a passenger boat company operating from Exmouth, all year
round. We offer relaxing River Cruises and spectacular Coastal Cruises along the East
Devon Coast. The River Exe is the top river in the country for wildlife, and people
come from all over to discover the history and beauty of the area. Its protected
waters mean it is always calm making our trips suitable for even the most nervous
sailor. River Cruises run throughout the year as the River is a Bird watcher Paradise.
At the top of the River is the ancient port of Topsham where some cruises will allow
you to alight and explore before returning at your leisure by train.
The oldest building in Torquay founded in 1196 Torre Abbey has a story spanning 800
years and was once the most important Abbey of it's kind in England. The Brothers
who lived here were known as the White Canons. Following a massive three year
restoration project visitors can now explore the most interesting and hallowed parts of
the building where some stunning finds have been unearthed.
Tuckers Maltings is one of only a handful of Malthouses still producing malt in the
traditional way. Experience Devon’s most fascinating guided tour and visit the
discovery room for both fun & learning. Enjoy a delicious sample of real ale.
Woodlands Leisure Park
Unique combination of indoor and outdoor attractions. 60 acres of Watercoasters,
Toboggan run, Artic Gliders and Bumper boats. Plus 15 playzones designed for all
ages. Excellent Falconry Centre with superb collection of Birds of Prey. Meet
hundreds of animals and birds in Animal Farm. Experience the Trauma Tower - 50
feet of Fear!
World of Country Life
Every day is a fun day at World of Country Life, Devon’s all weather attraction with
40 acres to explore outside and over 2 acres to enjoy under cover. Wander through a
Victorian Street. Introduce your family to transport and agricultural machinery of
yesteryear. Mingle with the animals in the pets centre. Children can play all day in
the adventure playgrounds, giant slide, trampolines, crazy golf, our new indoor Pirate
Ship Adventure and much more!