In Devon there are plenty of tourist attractions to please every type of customer. From family-orientated days out, to outstanding areas of natural beauty, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
So we have asked our social media following to give us a few suggestions of the best tourist attractions in Devon, and they did not disappoint!
The Bear Trail, Cullompton
The Bear Trail is a brand new outdoor children’s adventure trail. It provides a site for children (and adults!) to run, jump and climb. There are a series of obstacles which involve stepping across bear infested mud pits, tumbling through the bear tunnels and climbing bear mountain!
The concept has been conceived in order to provide children with a space to invent play and be tested so they work together and push their boundaries.
Dinosaur World, Torquay
Torquay’s Dinosaur World is an fun interactive indoor exhibition that brings dinosaurs and their worlds to life! There are a host of scaled and full size models set in realistic scenes accompanied by exciting information. There are excavation sites where you can uncover fascinating fossils, dinosaurs that you can sit with if you are brave enough, a fun family quiz and many other interactive exhibits.
See if you are brave enough to grab a Triceratops by its horns or touch the giant hairy spiders!
World of Country Life, Exmouth
World of Country Life is a family owned visitor attraction in Exmouth, Devon. The park first opened in 1978 and since then has grown and developed over the years, winning a number of awards, to be one of the best family days out in Devon!
The attraction has an eclectic mix of museums, animals, play areas and entertainment, both outdoors and under cover, making it an excellent day out for the whole family, whatever the age, whatever the weather!
Exmoor Zoo, Barnstaple
Set in the North Devon countryside the zoo hosts winding paths lined with shrubs and trees providing homes for many of our wild species of birds and invertebrates, bringing you that much closer to nature. What’s around the next corner? Take a look and enjoy the atmosphere of a relaxing stroll around their family run zoo.
Take your pick of a mixture of talks, handling and feeding sessions they provide all year round. You could make a friend with an Alpaca by stroking their soft warm fleece, or conquer your fears by handling a spider and snake! Ever wondered what the Exmoor Beast favourite meal is? Find out all this and more at Exmoor Zoo!
Saltram House, Plymouth
Standing high above the River Plym, with magnificent views across the estuary, the rolling landscape parkland now provides wooded walks and open space for rest and play on Plymouth’s outskirts.
Saltram was home to the Parker family from 1743 and reflects the family’s increasingly prominent lifestyle during the Georgian period. Outside, the garden’s planting offers something of interest all year, and there is also an 18th-century orangery and follies to explore. After wandering along scented pathways and the magnificent lime avenue, why not treat yourself to afternoon tea in the Chapel tearoom?
A much loved green space of Plymouth, Saltram Park welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Whether they cycle, stroll, picnic, spot wildlife or give their four-legged friends a good run, all will agree that that this beautiful space is very special.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is Devon’s award-winning and truly modern museum of history, nature, world cultures and art. The museum is a welcoming oasis located in the heart of the city between leafy gardens and Exeter’s bustling high street.
Admission is free. For tickets for special exhibitions and events book on line.
The Big Sheep, Bideford
If you’re looking for a great day out for all the family or things to do in Devon a visit to The BIG Sheep is a must! The famous attraction is now firmly established as one of the UK’s most innovative & exciting family attractions providing wacky and unique entertainment for all the family.
Their madcap show team will entertain you with hilarious and entertaining live shows which include a hysterical introduction to various breeds of sheep from around the world, the world famous sheep racing, sheep shearing, dog and participating duck trials.
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
Renowned for their work with donkeys the world over, it is a little known fact that they also care for the largest collective group of mules (a donkey-horse hybrid) in England.
They are open 365 days a year from 9am until dusk, and admission and parking are free. They consider that, being a charity dependent on the support of the public, visitors should be able to see their work free of charge.
Woodlands Family Theme Park, Dartmouth
If you’re looking for a wonderful family day out in Devon which is suitable for all ages a trip to Woodlands Family Theme Park should be top of your list. As one of Devon’s largest family attractions there is something to entertain everyone in the family from little ones to grandparents.
Tackle a world of adventure on our amazing outdoor adventures. Choose from 3 of the largest watercoasters in Devon. Will your favourite be The Twister, The Sidewinder or The Speedy Rapids? So for an extra fun packed day make sure you visit Woodlands Park!
Meldon Reservoir, Okehampton
If you are looking to save those pennies, why not check out some of areas of natural beauty in Devon, which attract lots of tourists each year?
Surrounded by open moorland, Meldon is a breathtaking reservoir lake 900 feet above sea level teeming with native wildlife; befriend one of the fishermen sat on the steep banks and you may glimpse a brown trout! After the vast wilderness of the moor this is the perfect place to settle for lunch or stroll around the reservoir. From here, there are good links to other sites on the moor, such as Black a Tor Copse.