Whether you’re a big kid looking to enjoy a brilliant break in the South West, or taking the whole tribe away on an amazing adventure, these all-weather attractions in Devon are perfect for children of all ages.
Take a look at our family breaks to find your ultimate Devon escape to relax in afterwards too.
The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
The UK’s largest aquarium promotes conservation, research and education. Visitors are invited to explore the world’s oceans, starting at the local shoreline before moving beyond.
With amazing views across Plymouth Sound, an interactive dive show and ‘Sleeping with the Sharks’ (where families can stay over at the aquarium!) this is fantastic family-fun.
Kents Cavern, Torquay
Britain’s most important prehistoric cave dwelling has attracted explorers since the 16th century.
There are spectacular rock formations and collections of wonderful prehistoric finds, informative guides, a cafe and loads of inventive, interactive elements for kids.
Ness Cove Beach and Shaldon Zoo, South Devon
Set within an acre of garden in a seaside village location, Shaldon Zoo is a delight even before you enter. Meet an amazing array of primates, exotic birds and more as you explore the gorgeous green surrounds. Then a short stroll to the beach!
Excitingly the Ness beach is accessed via ‘Smugglers tunnel’, a dark and winding route through the cliff that is guaranteed to delight children and adults alike. The secluded cove is known to have been used by smugglers in the past but is now perfect for swimming in summer and a seaside stroll along the beach in cooler climes.
Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon
Fascinating rock pools, shallow waters for swimming, and every type of surfing you can think of, Bigbury-on-Sea has much to offer.
1930s sea tractors carry passengers to Burgh Island across a causeway when the tide’s in. The island also boasts a romantic Art Deco hotel, which inspired local author and keen visitor Agatha Christie to write Evil Under the Sun and And Then There Were None – both set on the island.
Bearhouse Alpacas, Sidmouth, East Devon
Learn all about the inquisitive alpacas and their fantastic fleeces (they really are a long way from their native South America!). Visit in the summer to see the impossibly cute cria (baby alpacas).
But the real draw is the chance to go Alpaca trekking around the steep tracks surrounding the farm. Visitors are invited to take the alpacas on a walk with a lead through gorgeous green countryside – just like a rather unusual dog walk!
Tree surfers, Tamar Valley
Set in hundreds of acres of woods in the Tamar Valley, at ‘Tree Surfers’ the brave can try zip wires, swings and high rope trails. If that’s not enough to challenge then the white-knuckle tree jump
Less adventurous types are catered for on the forest floor with an archery range and bike hire. With 30km of woodland trails, it’s the perfect place to run off steam. On certain dates you can even drop the kids off for a ‘Kids Go Wild’ day and wander the woods in complete quiet. Bliss!
South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh to Totnes
Your train ticket also gives you entry to Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, which, along with the railway, is an amazing accessible for all attraction, and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies on the same ticket. Animals and engines: a sure-fire family hit!