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86 Best Devon Attractions Every Tourist Must See

This town is a taste of an England long forgotten – long stretches of untamed moors, old stone houses and drizzly weather. But if you don’t mind getting a little wet and wild, Devon offers a rainy, but unhindered view of a place where nature rules over us. The grass is a little greener, the sea a little wilder, and the people a little freer. People flock to Devon for the long walks and the isolation, but there is plenty else to see in the area, from cathedrals and manor houses to gardens and beaches.

 

86 Most Popular Attractions in Devon

1. Barbican Theatre

  • Accepts donation
  • +44 1752 267131
  • Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Mon-Fri 11am-6pm

2. Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1395 233200
  • Crealy Adventure Park & Resort, Great Britain
  • Daily 10am-5pm

3. The Bigbury Beach Shop

  • Free
  • +44 1548 810788
  • The Bigbury Beach Shop, Marine Drive, Bigbury-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  • Daily

4. National Marine Aquarium

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1752 600301
  • National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

5. Lydford Gorge

  • Adult £8.90-£9.80 Child £4.40-£4.90
  • +44 1822 820320
  • Lydford Gorge, Okehampton, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

6. Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

  • Upon booking
  • +44 1566 783425
  • Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Lifton, United Kingdom
  • Daily 12pm-4pm

7. Ilfracombe Aquarium

  • Adult £4.75 Child £3.75
  • +44 1271 864533
  • The Ilfracombe Aquarium, The Quay, Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
  • Times vary by Feb-Oct

8. Exeter Quay

  • Free
  • 01392271611
  • Exeter Quay, Exeter EX2 4AN, United Kingdom
  • Daily

9. Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

  • Adult £8.50-£21.20 Child £6.50-£14
  • +44 1364 642916
  • Buckfast Butterfly Farm & Otter Santuary, Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

10. Timehouse Muzeum

  • Adult £5.80 Child £3.50
  • +44 1803 862109
  • Timehouse Muzeum, Fore Street, Totnes, United Kingdom
  • Fri-Sat 11am-5pm

11. The Milky Way Adventure Park

  • Prices vary
  • +44 1237 431255
  • The Milky Way Adventure Park, Higher Clovelly, United Kingdom
  • Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

12. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

  • Adult £13-£14.50 Child £11-£12.50
  • +44 1271 882486
  • Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Combe Martin, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

13. Buckland Abbey

  • Adult £11-£12.10 Child £5.50-£6.10
  • +44 1822 853607
  • Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, United Kingdom
  • Sun-Sat 11am-5pm

14. Westward Ho Beach

  • Free
  • Westward Ho!, Bideford, England, United Kingdom
  • Daily

15. Plymouth Hoe

  • Vary by activity
  • +44 1752 304849
  • Hoe, Plymouth, England PL1 2PA, United Kingdom
  • Daily 9am-4pm
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Top Attractions

A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Devon’s North Coast is a lovely part of the country, so take your camera. There are 171 square km of wild cliffs, rocky coastline, beaches, waterfalls and lovely villages. If you are near Devonport, check out the Naval Heritage Centre and learn about the history of one of England’s great ports, including the history of America which began at Plymouth with the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers. They are remembered at the Mayflower Steps in Barbican.

Kids & Family

Take the kids to Pricky Ball Farm or if they prefer larger animals there is Combe Martin Wildlife Dinosaur Park. Watch the kids closely so they don’t get eaten by the dinosaurs! Boys, especially, will love the excitement of Diggerland, and the whole family will enjoy a visit to the amazing Watermouth Family Theme Park Castle.

Shopping & Nightlife

Try out the Shops at Dartington, or go to the Atlantic Village Outlet Shops for some bargains. If you are looking for a night outing, have a look at what is offered at the Royal Theatre in Plymouth, or if you are in Exeter, try the Northcott Theatre.

Day Tours

What about a day out riding in this lovely countryside? The Mullacott Equestrian Centre will outfit you with noble steeds. Spend the day at the Yaraks Falconry Centre for some amazing aerobatics, or head out to Lundy Island for a good bit of sea air. How about a visit to the dreaded Dartmoor Prison Museum to learn about life in this famous and notorious prison. Learn about the Mad Axeman who escaped Dartmoor and may still be out there!

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