There are so many things to do in Devon that you’ll be spoilt for choice wherever you choose to base yourself during your holiday. From great outdoor activities to days out for the entire family, there are plenty of things to do in Devon.
With two National Parks, a variety of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and an abundance of beautiful coastline, you’ll find spectacular scenery wherever you look, giving plenty of opportunities to make the most of the fresh air. Take to the hilly moorland for long, refreshing walks and relaxing picnics alongside meandering rivers, whilst also marvelling at the lively wildlife and spectacular views. From lesser known hidden coves to bustling seaside resorts, you’ll also find much to do beside the sea. Whether you're in the north, south or in the middle of the county, you will find something to keep you occupied.
Active and outdoor activities are aplenty in Devon, so if you have a favourite sport or would like to try your hand at something new, then you’re sure to find a location to do so in the county. You’ll find beaches renowned for their excellent surfing conditions and activity centres dedicated to extreme sports such as rock climbing and off-road cycling. The moors are also perfect for geocaching and letterboxing, which is a great way to explore the area whilst puzzle solving and orienteering.
Family days out
For those who want to visit Devon with children, there are numerous family days out that will keep all ages entertained. In North Devon, family-friendly attractions such as The Milky Way Adventure Park and The Big Sheep, both near Bideford, offer days of fun, while animal attractions such as Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park and Exmoor Zoo allow visitors to get up close to a whole host of furry friends; including lions, wolves and leopards. Meanwhile,
South and Mid Devon have equally fantastic attractions, including Paignton Zoo, Dartmoor Zoo, the National Marine Aquarium (Plymouth) and Living Coasts on the English Riviera for animal-lovers, and Babbacombe Model Village and Woodlands Family Theme Park for excellent family days out.
Devon has a wealth of heritage and this can be witnessed throughout the grand stately homes, fascinating museums and magnificent gardens dotted all over the county. The National Trust has several attractions in Devon, many of which have a tea room where you can indulge in a delicious cream tea. You can also learn about the local history of the area at one of the heritage experience centres or expand your knowledge of the past at one of the interesting museums showcasing everything from maritime past times to ancient world cultures.
Traditional market towns are very common in Devon and the majority of these still have markets running today. Whether you’d like to try local fresh produce or wish to pick up some handmade souvenirs for your relatives at home, a trip to one of the colourful markets should be a must during your stay. With a couple of cities such as Plymouth and Exeter in the county, you can rest assured that there are locations for a spot of retail therapy, as well as a variety of shopping experiences elsewhere. Discover gift shops, galleries and clearance outlets in the pretty towns throughout Devon, a wonderful way to while away a morning or afternoon.
The options really are endless during a holiday in Devon and, with our guide, you’ll be able to create a jam-packed itinerary to ensure it’s a holiday to remember. For more information about Devon, be sure to take a look at our guide to Devon food and drink, our map of Devon, and our guide to Devon beaches!
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