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Places to visit in Devon

Considered by many as the perfect holiday destination in the UK, Devon has lots to offer all year round. Holidays in Devon have it all – you can visit medieval towns, explore national parks, sandy beaches and picturesque coastal scenery and hit the high street in modern shopping centres. How you choose to spend your time is up to you!

Lots to see and do

Our top picks

There are lots of fabulous places to visit, using Haven holiday parks as your base. From beautiful beaches and landscapes to places of interest like historical sites and nature trails, or attractions like theme parks and wildlife parks - there are choices to suit the whole family. Check out our top picks.
A boy on a  tour train petting a deer

Places of interest

World of Country Life

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With a deer safari, petting zoo, falconry display, and even a chance to feed the lambs and calves, World of Country Life provides acres of wholesome family fun.

Address:

Sandy Bay, Westdown Lane, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 5BY

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: Less than a mile away from Devon Cliffs
A fishing village at Babbacombe Model Village

Attractions

Babbacombe Model Village

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Babbacombe Model Village portrays English life and culture over the last five decades and is sure to bring to life those childhood memories. Experience the world in miniature as you explore the model village.

Address:

Babbacombe Model Village, Hampton Avenue, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LA

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 32 miles from Devon Cliffs
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens © Alison Day (flickr)

Places of interest

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

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Enjoy a great day out at Devon’s most magnificent historic gardens, with nearly 300 years of horticultural history. Enjoy the Bicton Woodland Railway, nature trail, mini golf and indoor and outdoor children's play area. There really is something for everyone.

Address:

East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, Devon, EX9 7BJ

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 7 miles from Devon Cliffs
Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Attractions

Crealy Theme Park & Resort

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Crealy Theme Park & Resort is an award-winning family attraction located just minutes from junction 30 of the M5, near Exeter. Set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside, the park has over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from.

Address:

Sidmouth Road, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR

Open dates: Open every day from 10am, except for Christmas day
Distance from park: 12 miles from Devon Cliffs
Dartmoor's national park from the sky

Places of interest

Dartmoor National Park

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Dartmoor National Park sits in the heart of Devon, all 368 square miles of it! Enjoy long country walks or discover Dartmoor's villages.

Address: Dartmoor National Park Authority, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9JQ
Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 27 miles from Devon Cliffs
Exeter Cathedral

Attractions

Exeter Cathedral

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Exeter Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful Cathedrals in England. Located in the centre of the city, there has been a Cathedral on the present site for nearly one thousand years. The building itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, design and craftsmanship. It has the longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting in the world, stunning stained glass windows and an intricately carved image screen on the West Front.

Address:

Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 16 miles from Devon Cliffs
River Exe in Devon

Places of interest

Exe Estuary Trail

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This newly constructed cycle trail offers an almost entirely traffic-free, wonderfully level route which forms part of the South Coast NCN No.2. The trail takes you right around the Exe Estuary from Dawlish to Exmouth, passing through the pretty villages of Starcross, Topsham and Lympstone to name a few. The estuary is of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl, supporting 1000’s of birds.

Address:

Exe Trail Cycle Hire, Beach rd, Dawlish Warren, Devon, EX7 0NF

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 23 miles from Devon Cliffs
Exeter city centre

Places to visit

Exeter Shopping

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Exeter is a shopaholic's paradise. Alongside the big brands there are plenty of independent stores as well as cafes and restaurants for you to choose from.

Address: High St, Exeter, EX4 3HP
Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 13 miles from Devon Cliffs
Children playing on the beach

Beaches

Exmouth Beach

Just 3 miles from Devon Cliffs. Exmouth beach is perfect for those who enjoy water sports and swimming, with surf boards and canoes are available to hire. There is also a wide promenade lined with shops, restaurants and pubs.

Address:

Exmouth Beach, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2AY

Open dates: All year round
Restricted:
Dogs not allowed on certain areas 1 May - 30 September
 
Lifeguards: Daily 26 May-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park: 3 miles from Devon Cliffs
A horse

Attractions

Pennywell Farm

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Located just outside the village of Buckfastleigh, Pennywell Farm is home to a variety of animals including alpacas, tortoises and renowned miniature pigs. With various activities around the farm, Pennywell has something for all the family.

Address: Pennywell Farm, Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT
Open dates: February-October November-December
Distance from park: 34 miles from Devon Cliffs
Powderham Castle in Devon

Attractions

Powderham Castle

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Powderham Castle lies in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the River Exe, just a stone's throw from the historic cathedral city of Exeter. The Castle was first opened to visitors in 1959, since then in excess of a million people have been through the doors to share in over 600 years of history and heritage and take away many fond memories. The ground floor of the Castle is accessible to wheelchair users. A wheelchair is available for loan, whilst in the Castle only.

Address:

Kenton, Exeter, Devon, EX6 8JQ

Open dates: 25 March - 26 October
Distance from park: 17 miles from Devon Cliffs
People along the seashore at Sandy Bay

Beaches

Sandy Bay

A sandy beach backed by high cliffs with direct access from Devon Cliffs. Sandy Bay is perfect for bathing, walking, rock pooling, and various water sports. Enjoy local coastal walks either along the beach or using the coast path.

Address:

Sandy Bay, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 5BT

Open dates: All year round
Restrictions
Dogs not allowed from 1 May - 30 September
 
Lifeguards: Daily 7 July-2 September
 
Lifeguard patrol times: 10am-6pm
Distance from park: Less than a mile from Devon Cliffs
Sidmouth beach

Places of interest

Sidmouth

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'A town caught still in a timeless charm' is how the seaside town of Sidmouth is described. With green hills, red cliffs and sandy beaches, it's easy to see why.

Address: Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8XR
Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 10 miles from Devon Cliffs
The Donkey Sanctuary

Attractions

The Donkey Sanctuary

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There are hundreds of donkeys waiting to meet you here in Sidmouth. Set along the historic Jurassic Coast and nestled in the tranquil East Devon countryside, this working farm is home to donkeys, mules and hinnies - discover their unique characters and stories.

Address:

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 14 miles from Devon Cliffs
Topsham

Places of interest

Topsham High Street

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Topsham High Street offers a unique range of independent shops. From markets to locally sourced art and fresh food shops, Topsham is independent, creative and fresh.

Address: High St, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 ODY
Open dates: All year round
Distance from park: 8 miles from Devon Cliffs