Family Holidays in Devon


Devon is proud of its family friendly approach and offers a variety of attractions for all the family, plus a number of accommodation options with facilities for children.  Your children can roam wild in Devon’s countryside, paddle in the sea or enjoy education about nature, animals and history.


Why not explore the Urban Geopark or Paignton Zoo on the English Riviera, warmed by the gulf stream, with a mix of indoor and outdoor activities suitable for any weather visits.  Country loving families will delight in the Tors of Dartmoor’s mysteries and fabulous views.  Just waiting to be explored and for that city-coast-country experience try Exeter or Plymouth.  You will find them surprisingly cosmopolitan, with plenty of child friendly restaurants, walks and activity centres. Both cities all hold a busy schedule of events and festivals to enjoy and appreciate.    

It doesn’t matter what your family’s interests are, from meeting farm animals to the dizzy thrills of fairground rides, building sandcastles, catching crabs and recreating great moments in history, Devon guarantees a great day out for all the family. Highlights include:


Find an imaginative way to travel in style on boats, trams and trains with Stuart Line Cruises, Seaton Tramway, South Devon Railway and Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway.


Meet the animals and get a taste of farm life at Pennywell Farm and The Big Sheep or go more exotic where a variety of rare and unusual animals can be seen in their natural habitat at Paignton Zoo, Exmoor Zoo and Living Coasts or if the underwater world is more your thing, the National Marine Aquarium won’t disappoint.


Recreate history and visit days gone by in Devon’s selection of museums, houses and beautiful gardens. You might enjoy touring Buckland Abbey or Bicton Park Botanical Gardens.  Studies show children learn best when engaged with history, and in these locations activities are aimed to be interactive to really make the past come to life. Nowhere is this best demonstrated than at Kents Cavern where Britain’s earliest ancient humans hung out thousands of years ago.



Throughout half terms and school holidays, there are dozens of additional activies available – visit here for a full listing. 


Devon is famous for its 14 award-winning family-friendly beaches, including sheltered shallow bays and safe and warm paddling waters, so your children could enjoy creating beach art, flying kites, or just hunting for shells. The award-winning, clean sandy beaches along the North Devon coast are great for active families with traffic-free walking and cycling trails for all abilities including the Tarka Trail, which is suitable for buggies.


Carrying on with the active theme Exmoor allows for appreciating nature, with its unique landscapes including ‘Little Switzerland’ The Valley of the Rocks and the native red deer.


Run wild on a vast, beautiful playground with 368 sqr miles of space to explore. See Dartmoor Ponies in their natural environment or visit their tiny counterpart at the Miniature Pony Centre. Head for Lydford Gorge, a tree-lined ravine with thunderous waterfall, magnificent whirlpools and deep, cool plunge pools – older children can swim in it in the summer. 


For further information on child friendly accommodation in Devon, as well as where to eat and drink visitdevon is the ideal site to help plan your trip independently.  For details on booking your holiday in other regions throughout the South West of England, go to: