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Our best places to visit for your next family holiday in Devon

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Devon is often noted as one of the best counties in England and it is easy to see why. Some of Devon’s gifts include shimmering beaches, seas of bluebells during the months of April and May, and lavish woods. Renowned for its topographical distinctiveness and biodiversity, in Devon you will see England’s many different sides; hilly terrains, wooded valleys, fierce streams, and of course, some of the finest sea you will ever encounter! Here is how to make the most of your family break in Devon – from places to stay to must-see attractions.

Making Nature Your Home

We know holiday planning often starts with finding family-friendly stays. Devon offers many opportunities for a hassle-free nature experience, sans the stress of camping. Our favourite type of family resort is a glamping farm stay which provides a seamless blend of nature and comfort. Picture fully-equipped kitchens, continuous hot water, and inviting hot tubs, all set against a picturesque backdrop of rolling countryside. And yes, these farms are dog-friendly, too!

🌳 Billingsmoor Farm is perfect for those who love being surrounded by magical woodlands and exploring National Parks – and here? There are three to choose from!

🌊 At Fountain Violet Farm, you can discover the south Devon coast-line, perfect for water-lovers who love waking up to stunning views of flowing rivers. On top of that, it really is a stone’s throw away from the sea.

Steaming and Cruising at Dartmouth!

Start your exploration of Devon the fashionable way and see the most of this stunning county in all its veritable glory. If your little ones are train-mad and love the chugging noises of locomotives, then a steam train from Paignton to Kingswear will kick-start their holiday the best way imaginable!

And the fun doesn’t stop there because after your train adventure, you can hop onto the UK’s only coal fired paddle steamer for a cruise through the gentle waters with panoramic views of Devon’s captivating south coastline where you can take in its beautiful estuaries and coves.

⭐ If you have some time to spare, then one of the things to do would be to visit the ancient Dartmouth Castle – the kids will love exploring the dark passageways, climbing up the gun tower, playing hide-and-seek and pretending to be daring knights or pirates overlooking the sea! And now, how about a cream tea?

South West Coast Path: adopting the pace of nature.

The South West Coast Path, known as the “longest and best-loved National Trail,” is a gateway to many diverse ecosystems. Winding through numerous nature reserves, this trail connects families with a variety of wildlife, fostering a love for nature in many younglings.

📌A Feather Down tried-and-tested route: one of our favourite walks that we have taken is the Froward Point. Less than two miles, this walk is full of breath-taking views across the Dart Estuary and Start Bay and ideal for youngsters that have a penchant for adventure.

Golden shores and glistening waters: Mill Bay Cove and Exmouth Beach

Mill Bay Cove is a beautiful little beach with a lovely stretch of silky smooth sands. Easily accessible from the South West Coast Path, at Mill Bay you will find crystal clear waters and a gentle shore ideal for picnics, soaking up the sun, while the little ones will be having the time of their lives splashing, building sandcastles, and engaging in some fun beachcombing.

Exmouth Beach is a dream come true for those of us that delight in golden sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and unspoiled natural habitats. The kiddos will also be mesmerised by the rockpools and its many hidden treasures. Make sure not to miss out on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, for some of the finest coastal paths in the UK.

Surfing, Sailing, Paddleboarding – could it be the new “Live, Laugh, Love?”

While looking at waterscapes is one of our favourite pastimes, water sports have a special place in our hearts. River Dart is ideal for kayaking, paddleboarding, surfing, and even sailing. For the 7+ year olds who are adrenaline-seekers, a Rock Solid Adventure might be just the right mix of challenge and fun to appease their adventurous spirits. Scaling cliffs, falling into the water, dodging seals, and leaping from high ledges – never-ending fun that will have youngsters laughing, learning, and yearning for their next seaside lark!

Greenway House and Garden: Agatha’s Christie’s holiday home

After surfing and sailing, the desire for some culture kicks in – and no better place to satiate your thirst for history and heritage than Devon. Agatha Christie’s holiday home, Greenway, is in fact right here! A nationally loved literary figure, Agatha Christie called Greenway “the loveliest place in the world.” It is now devotedly looked after by the National Trust with many wonderful things to see! And for the young explorers, we’d be remiss not to mention the family-friendly trail and the upcoming Cirque du Summer!

Nature is calling in Devon: the best national parks to explore!

Remember when we told you that Billingsmoor Farm is perfectly situated near some of the best parks in the UK? Well, here are the receipts! Blackdown Hills is a mere 30 minute drive from Billingsmoor Farm, while Exmoor and Dartmoor are less than an hour away.

With its own inimitable charm and character, at Blackdown Hills you will find rolling hills and ancient woodlands, while at Exmoor you will experience a one-of-a-kind rugged coastline and heather-clad moorlands. Last but not least, Dartmoor is renowned for its inspiring granite tors (and no wonder, 65% of Dartmoor is made of granite!). Here, you can experience three different natural wonders in one unique journey.

Discovering Exeter with the kids for the grand finale!

There are many reasons to visit Exeter – from the stunning Gothic cathedral (which was 300 years in the making!) to Exeter’s free Red Coat Guided Tours to delectable foods and drinks, this city will steal your heart. Why not drop by Gandy Street and Fore Street? There you can find some of the nicest and prettiest independent stores where you can purchase some souvenirs to commemorate your trip. And of course, you can top it all off with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Exeter Quayside where you can look back on your journey through the great county of Devon.