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South Devon’s Gems: 5 Must-Sees

Dartmouth Castle

Where? Dartmouth Castle, Castle Road, Dartmouth, TQ60JN

When? 10am- 5pm Monday- Sunday

One of the most beautifully located things to do in South Devon. The castle’s build began in 1388 and is the original prototype for the ‘Shipman’ from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. This fascinating castle has seen a lot of history over the years, being used throughout the civil war up until World War II.

There is plenty to do during your visit and you can even make it a full day excursion with the addition of a riverboat ride from the town quay to the castle. After you’ve explored the grounds, you can visit the riverside tearoom before setting off on one of the coastal and woodland walks around for wildlife and bird spotting!

Dartmouth Castle is truly stunning and a perfect way to spend a day in South Devon.

  • Family-friendly
  • Coastal
  • Historic
Dawlish Warren Beach

Where? Dawlish, Devon, EX7 0NF

When? All year round

This award-winning family beach prides itself on being one of the UK’s finest beach resorts, and truly earns its spot on your list of things to do in South Devon. As an area of international importance for wildlife, the site is one of the main roosting grounds for a huge number of birds, as well as boasting over 600 different species of flowering plants and dune grasslands.

The beach has a fantastic road and public transport links, as well as a huge number of facilities and amenities for you to enjoy during your stay, including the arcade, café and restaurant, go-karting, and several water sports. Or you can take the day relaxing and sunbathing by the beautiful water.

Dawlish Warren Beach is a dream day out for all the family, or for those looking for a twist on a classic day at the beach.

  • Disabled access
  • Family-friendly
  • Dog-friendly
Sharpham Wine and Cheese

Where? Sharpham Estate, Totnes, TQ9 7UT

When? 10am- 5pm Monday to Sunday

Something special for adults to do in South Devon. From wine tasting to self-guided wine and cheese tasting flights, Sharpham Wine and Cheese is the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying the finer things in life, in the most idyllic setting.

  • Adult day-out
  • Dog-friendly
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

Where? South Devon Steam Railway, Totnes, TQ9 5JR

When? 10am- 5pm Monday to Sunday

What was once a small group of rescue animals, has now grown into a fantastic interactive sanctuary for animals you see today. Conservation of rare breeds is at the forefront of the work they do, from Pygmy Goats to Welsh Mountain Sheep.

Totnes Rare Breed Farm is a truly special day out, perfect for the family and animal lover alike.

  • Family-friendly
  • Animal-lovers
Stover Country Park and Nature Reserve

Where? Stover Country Park and Nature Reserve, Newton Abbot TQ12 6QG

When? All year round

Comprised of 80000 acres, Stover Country Park and Nature Reserve has a choice of trails and even an aerial walkway around the woodlands for the perfect view of the ponds below. The woodland plays host to a widely diverse animal and plant life including, squirrels, foxes, roe deer, tawny owls, and several bat species.

The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail is by far one of the most popular, with its 16 specially designed ‘poetry posts’, each displaying a poem by Ted Hughes on a theme relating to the natural world.

Stover Country Park and Nature Reserve is a great afternoon of exploring nature and should have a prime spot on your list of things to do in South Devon!

  • Family-friendly
  • Dog-friendly
  • Wheelchair-friendly
  • Disabled access
A place to stay

Whether you’re thinking about taking a trip or investing in a luxury holiday home, we have a number of beautiful spots with everything and anything you could want from a holiday in Devon. We have parks with every amenity you could need with something for the whole family or a place to get take a step back away from the hustle of every day life.

Take a look around our parks and discover your new happy place.

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