2020 has seen a huge increase in the number of people staying in the UK for their summer holidays, rather than travelling overseas, and there are plenty of hotspots to visit when vacationing in Britain. The South West, in particular, is a much-loved part of the country that has plenty to offer anyone who enjoys scenic landscapes, outdoor walks, museum visits, and spa breaks. It is an ideal location for families with young kids to visit, with plenty of outdoor areas to enjoy. Anyone staying or living locally in Devon may enjoy a trip to the nearby towns of Cornwall or Torquay, for example, and you can find plenty of entertainment and activities without having to travel too far afield.
Local Attractions Near Devon
Devon has plenty to offer in terms of holiday breaks for adults and kids alike. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for two or a fun-filled family trip, you will find lots to do around the South West peninsula. Some of the best attractions near Devon include beaches, cliff walks, Dartmoor National park and Crealy Theme Park. This year, there is a new wildlife-themed sculpture trail at Seaton Wetlands where visitors can explore the Seaton Wetlands and discover natural sculptures along the way. Other outdoor attractions that are popular among hiking and trekking fans are the Woodbury Common, where you can find lots of forest pathways and prehistoric sites to explore, and the Becky Falls. Other popular activities for adults include the following:
- Day trip to the beach
- Visit historic buildings like Arlington Court
- Spa day in one of the many spa hotels
- Plymouth Gin Distillery
- Meet the animals at Shaldon Wildlife Trust
City-lovers visiting Devon may also enjoy a weekend trip to London, which is not too far away and can be reached easily by bus or train. There are plenty of coaches from Devonport to London daily. A stay in Devon followed by a few days in London is a great way to strike that nice balance between a relaxed countryside stay, as well as the exciting energy of the city.
Activities for Kids in Devon
A day out at the beach offers plenty of fun for all the family, even the dog! Here in Devon, we are lucky to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. Exmouth beach is a great option for a long evening walk - take in the scenic coastline as the sun sets and collect some seashells along the way. Families with young children may also enjoy an afternoon at the Trago Mills shopping centre. It has a great selection of shops as well as lots of attractions for children. There are train rides, amusements and a petting zoo to keep the kids amused. More adventurous youngsters may enjoy a trip to Kent's Cavern, a prehistoric cave in Torquay, while ocean lovers would like a relaxed afternoon at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth - it has sharks, rays and even a WWII seaplane. For animal lovers, Dartmoor Zoo is also a treat with over 200 animals and 33 acres of parkland.
Whether you are looking for a long, two-week break, or simply a nice weekend away, the South West of Britain is a great destination. The Devon Live rounded up the 52 best things for kids to do in Devon with a great selection to choose from, to cater to all holiday styles and preferences.