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things to do in Devon

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March 3, 2022

From sandy beaches to woodland walks, there are so many things to do in Devon it can be hard to decide which to include in your trip.

So we’ve done some research and found a range of different things to do in Devon that are suitable for couples, families, groups of friends etc. And if you are looking for a place to stay whilst you’re in the area our resorts in Devon will make the perfect choice for you.


Ilfracombe Harbour

10A The Quay, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ

Ilfracombe Harbour - things to do in Devon

The port that is at Ilfracombe Harbour has been there since the 12th Century and has been a huge part of Devon ever since. Even today it’s still a working harbour and is extremely popular for leisure and tourism. All along the harbour and the streets around it you will find amazing cafes, restaurants, pubs and small shops selling everything from gifts to quirky goods. It’s a great place to head if you want to enjoy a summers day near the sea.

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Quince Honey Farm

Aller Cross, South Molton, EX36 3RD

Quince Honey Farm - things to do in Devon

Located at the edge of Exmoor is Quince Honey Farm, a working honey farm that offers a full family day out that everyone will enjoy. The most impressive part of this farm is their unique hexagonal themed nectar garden which displays thousands of bee friendly plants. This is where you can see some bees up close. You can also visit the Honey Factory and see what happens behind the scenes! There is also a restaurant at the farm which offers a delicious range of food for all.

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The Box

Tavistock Pl, Plymouth, PL4 8AX

The Box - things to do in Devon

If you are wanting an experience that you can learn something from then The Box in Plymouth will be perfect. This new hub has everything from a gallery, archive, museum, café, shop and a bar! When it opened in 2020 it was one of the most significant cultural events in the UK. As well as the permanent galleries they also have various exhibitions that change throughout the year.

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Canonteign Falls

Exeter, EX6 7RH

Canonteign Falls - things to do in Devon

Most famous for being one of the highest waterfalls in England sitting at 220 feet high, Canonteign Falls was formed in 1890 by a stream diverting over the edge of a cliff. It’s an amazing natural attraction that is in the heart of Devon and it makes an incredible day out for families. During your day out at the falls you will also find Canonteign Kitchen where you can enjoy some delicious homemade food.

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Babbacombe Model Village

Hampton Ave, Babbacombe, Torquay, TQ1 3LA

Babbacombe Model Village - things to do in Devon

Since opening in 1963 by Tom & Ruth Dobbins, Babbacombe Model Village is a miniature railway and village that is open 7 days a week from 10am till 2.30pm. Inside this mini village you will find 426 miniature buildings and an estimated population of 13,178 people! It’s a great experience as you will feel like a giant in the 4 acres of award winning gardens that showcase amazing model scenes, vehicles and people!

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Plymouth Gin Distillery

60 Southside St, Plymouth, PL1 2LQ

Plymouth Gin Distillery - things to do in Devon

The Plymouth Gin Distillery has been in operation since 1793 and is the oldest working distillery in England. The tour options that you can do in Plymouth Gin Distillery are amazing, you can either do a classic tour where you learn about how the gin is distilled. Or you can do an enhanced Gin Connoisseur’s Tour with tasting or you can do the Master Distillers Tour where you have the opportunity to choose your own botanicals and distil a bottle that you can take home!

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Tree Surfers

Tavistock Woodland Sawmill Ltd, Gulworthy, Tavistock, PL19 8JE

Tree Surfers - things to do in Devon

If you are wanting to find something that is adrenaline pumping in Devon that will suit everyone in the family then Tree Surfers will be ideal. The main thing on offer is the activity tree surfers where you head up into the tree tops and go through a series of ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways. The tree surfer’s activity is suitable for ages 4 years and up and you can also book into doing archery here too.

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Ilfracombe Sea Safari

11 The Quay, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ

Ilfracombe Sea Safari - things to do in Devon

Since you are going to be right on the coast you might as well make the most of it with the Ilfracombe Sea Safari. You can do everything from fishing trips, to sea safaris where you see dolphins or seals. Even trips that include caves and waterfalls! It’s a great experience that will make an incredible day out for everyone. Tours start from 1 hour long up to 2.5 hours.

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Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park Authority, Haytor Lower, B3387, Haytor, TQ13 9XT

Dartmoor National Park - things to do in Devon

Enjoy exploring the vast moorland that is Dartmoor National Park, you will find everything from forests, rivers, wetlands, rock formations and plenty of trails to use. There are also many villages around the area so you can incorporate a visit to one or two into your day of exploring. Also make sure you keep an eye out for the Dartmoor Pony that roams the national park.

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National Marine Aquarium

Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0LF

National Marine Aquarium - things to do in Devon

For people who love sea life and want to see and learn all about them the National Marine Aquarium is the perfect place to go. With it being the largest aquarium in the UK and home to over 4,000 animals you will be able to immerse yourself into learning about the marine environment. There are a range of exhibits you can explore at the aquarium from the Great Barrier Reef, Eddystone Reed, Atlantic Ocean and more.

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Now you are ready to start planning your holiday in Devon, why not start by booking your accommodation.

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