Best Places to Visit in Dorset Devon Somerset
Here’s a list of some fantastic places to visit, all close by to the park. Things to enjoy, whatever your age, for both families or groups here in Dorset, Devon & Somerset
One of Devon’s leading tourist attractions is set on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer. Home to the world’s foremost manufacturer of the model railway track. A fun day out for everyone with plenty to do, see and eat!
Address: Mare Ln, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3NA
Contact: 01297 21542
Donkey Santuary Devon
Take in the scenery of the rolling countryside with walks around the fields where you can meet the donkeys, who greatly love the attention from visitors! Donkeys of all ages are resident at Slade House Farm but a large percentage are elderly and The Donkey Sanctuary is now an international charity. A lovely day out for all to be had.
Address: Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Contact: 01395 578222
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade 1 listed gardens are set in the beautiful Devon’s ‘Otter Valley.’ The stunning, landscaped park combines the 18th century tranquillity with modern amenities to provide all year round fun and a great day out for everyone, of all ages! Many attractions include the historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop.
Address: Bicton, East Budleigh Salterton, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BJ
Contact: 01395 568 465
Axe Valley Bird & Animal Park
The Axe Valley Wildlife Park is a zoo in Devon, situated in the beautiful Axe Valley, alongside the A35 and in very close proximity to Monkton Wyld. Provides a fantastic day out for all the family, with a variety of birds and mammals to see! From Zebras, Flamingoes, Chipmunks and Parrots, there’s something for everyone!
Address: Summerleaze Farm, Kilmington, Axminster, Devon EX13 7RA
Contact: 01297 34472
World of Country Life
A fantastic day out for all the family – From riding on the deer train or taking the goats for a walk. A chance to get up close to the animals in the pet centre or burn off some energy in one of the three different soft play areas. There’s also a museum of farming and a Victorian street as well as the vintage car and Reg Imray motorcycle collection. Something for everyone and makes for an energetic and fun day out.
Address: West Down Lane, Sandy Bay, Exmouth, EX8 5BY
Contact: 01395 274533
Burrow Farm Gardens
These beautifully landscaped gardens, extending to 13 acres, have beautiful colour throughout the year. The gardens are set in the idyllic countryside between Axminster & Honiton and offer stunning displays all year round. Explore the gardens or stop off for a coffee and a scone to take in the lush surroundings.
Address: Burrow Farm, Dalwood, Axminster, Devon EX13 7ET
Contact:01404 831 285
The coastal resort of Seaton is now a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, whilst the neighbouring historic town of Colyton is described as “Devon’s Most Rebellious Town” for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. Both serve as destinations for the Seaton Tramway. A great way to see the local countryside, bird watch on the estuary and stop off for a cream tea on Seaton Seafront.
Address: Riverside Depot, Harbour Rd, Seaton EX12 2NQ
Contact: 01297 203 75
This vast man-made complex of underground caverns was created by centuries of quarrying the famous Beer Stone, dating back to the Roman Era. Go on an hour long tour guide through the history of the Quarry. The underground supplied stone for 24 cathedrals including Exeter and St.Paul’s, parts of Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. A very interesting, historical and exciting activity.
Address: Quarry Ln, Beer, Devon EX12 3AT
Contact: 01297 680 282
Multi award-winning Quad World where everyone can join in the fastest growing sport in the UK. Established for over 20 years, a great place for all abilities to discover the fun of Quad Biking, including one to one tuition for beginners!
Address: Exeter Rd, Exeter, Devon EX5 4LB
Contact: 01392 881 313
With acres of glorious gardens and parkland, with over 1200 plant species unique to Knightshayes, all surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, it’s definitely a must visit! The house is a rare example of the work of William Burges, whose lavishly decorated interiors have always inspired extremes of opinion. Much to see, from gargoyles, corbels, and a medieval-inspired great hall.
Address: Bolham, Tiverton EX16 7RQ
Contact: 01884 254 665
Lyme Regis Fishing Trips
Pop down to Lyme Regis for a fun day out on Marie F and Sunbeam; the two custom built fishing boats, which regularly set out from the end of the harbour with up to ten passengers each in search of mackerel or more exotic fish. A good day to be had for all at sea.
Address: The Cobb, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3JJ
Contact: 07974 753 287
Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens
The Abbotsbury gardens were first established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Since then, it has developed into an incredible 30 acre garden, filled to the brim with exotic and sometimes rare plants from across the world. Holding many events over the course of the year, from illuminated displays and the cygnets hatching, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Address: Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA
Contact: 01305 871 387
Lyme Golf Course
Lyme Regis Golf Club was founded in 1893 and is recognized as one of the finest golf courses in the South West. On top of a cliff, the course has fantastic views across Lyme Regis and as far as the eye can see! There is also the ‘Greens Restaurant’ which comes highly recommended.
Address: Timber Hill, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3HQ
Contact: 01297 442 963
A stunning 18th century house, with its infamous, historical fashion collection – now on exhibition! There are also stunning, landscaped gardens and even the recently uncovered ‘lost house’.
Killerton is one of the largest the National Trust has acquired (it includes 20 farms and 200-plus cottages).
Address: Killerton House, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE
Crealy Adventure Park
Devon’s infamous Crealy Great Adventure Theme Park is a great attraction and has a wide variety of things to do for everyone, from roller coasters, rides, indoor play areas and farm animals!
Address: Sidmouth Rd, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DR
Contact: 01395 233 200
Forde Abbey is situated in Dorset and is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. It is a family home as well as an estate and attracts many every year due to it’s beautiful gardens and stunning architecture!
Address: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU
Contact: 01460 220 231
Stuart Line Cruises
A family business since 1968, Stuart Line have been sailing the waters around Exeter, Torquay, Sidmouth and Exmouth and have taken hundreds and thousands of happy families to see the start of the Jurassic Coast and River Exe. With plenty of seating, licensed bars and private charters theres something for everyone and a must do to see the area for all it’s beauty!
Address: Exmouth Marina, Exmouth, EX8 1DS
Contact: 01395 222 144
Spend a day going seeing over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkey’s. Climb to the top of the viewing tower to see chimpanzees, orang-utans and gibbons monkeying around and take a minute to relax at one of the cafes to grab a bite to eat. A fun day out with lots to do, all in a beautiful setting in the Dorset Countryside.
Address: Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH
Contact: 01929 462 537
Raceworld Indoor Karting has been running for over 19 years and provides a great place to enjoy affordable motorsports. Suitable for those 12+ and over 1.55m tall. A fun, 350 metre track, so whether you’re a complete beginner or avid karter, there will be something for everyone!
Address: Unit 4, Greendale Business Park, Sidmouth Road, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter, Devon EX5 1EW
Contact: 01395 233 397
Horse Riding at Woodhouse Farm Riding Stables, Hawkchurch
For a spot of horse riding and very close to the park, you will find friendly, qualified instruction for all levels of ability and age. From beginners, children, adults and nervous riders. Private tuition or group hacks, there’s lots to do and enjoy.
Address: Hawkchurch, Tilworth, Axminster, Devon EX13 5UF
Contact: 01297 639202
A great attraction – The Wookey Hole Caves are a series of limestone caverns and tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells in Somerset, England. The River Axe flows through the cave. Deep underground this is an ideal attraction come rain or shine with lots to see, do and immerse yourself in history!
Address: The Mill, Wells BA5 1BB
Contact: 01749 672 243
Babbacombe Model Village
Feel like an absolute giant at the model village as you explore 4 acres of award-winning gardens which display hundreds of model scenes, vehicles & people. A fun day out for all ages which will fill you with nostalgia! Lots of hidden secrets and characters are waiting to be found as well as lovely tea rooms and gift shops.
Address: Hampton Ave, Torquay, Devon TQ1 3LA
Contact: 01803 315 315
Becky Falls is a beautiful designation set within a stunning Dartmoor valley, the walks and countryside views offer a great day out for both young and older visitors. Also plenty of entertainment and activities listed during the school holidays!
Address: Manaton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9UG
Contact: 01647 221 259
Haynes Motor Museum
The most amazing display and the UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes to view! A wide variety, from classics of the 50s and 60s Bentleys and Rolls Royces to Super Cars! A great day out to be had, from children to adults.
Address: Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7LH
Contact: 01963 440 804
Escot was home to the Kennaway family for over 200 years and now has its exciting open access red squirrel encounter where visitors can get up close to them! There’s also a maze, birds of prey displays, otters and wild boar, a woodland drop slide, saxon village, indoor playbarn and woodland play areas. Peacocks, guinea fowl foam the grounds freely and it’s generally a very tranquil place to explore. The house also lends itself to functions, weddings and various other events hire.
Address: Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1LU
Contact: 01404 822 188
The highest manmade waterfall in England, Canonteign Falls is found in the beautiful Teign Valley and is a great example of a Victorian folly. They descend for over 70m making them a stunning sight to witness and a great day out for all the family, with beautiful lakes to explore also!
Address: Canonteign Falls, Christow, Exeter, Devon EX6 7NT
Contact: 01647 252 434
A La Ronde
An incredible curious, intriguing and amazing sight to see – this unique sixteen-sided house was built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from atour of Europe in the late 18th century. It contains many objects and mementoes of their travels. It includes an amazing and very fragile, shell-encrusted gallery (with reportedly 25,000 shells) as well as a feather frieze, gathered from native birds and stuck down with isinglass.
Address: Summer Ln, Exmouth, Devon EX8 5BD
Contact: 01395 265 514
Powderham Castle is located in stunning setting just outside Exeter, next to the Exe estuary. It’s one of England’s oldest family homes and has Six hundred years of history. Sir Philip Courtenay began building it in 1391 and it has remained in the same family to this day, currently home to the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon. It hosts a variety of events all year, including the ever popular music concerts, having the best and finest entertainers perform there.
Address: Kenton, Exeter, Devon EX6 8JQ
Contact: 01626 890 243
Cadhay is a stunning Elizabethan Manor House built around a central courtyard with beautiful landscapes and gardens in the lovely countryside of Ottery St Mary.
Address: Cadhay House, Cadhay, Ottery St Mary, Devon EX11 1QT
Contact: 01404 813 511
St Candida and Holy Cross
It is the only shrine with relics in an English parish church and the only shrine and relics in the country to survive the Reformation besides Edward the Confessor’s in Westminster Abbey. The relics belong to St Candida (the Latin form of St Wite) to whom the church is dedicated. The church been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.
Address: St Candida and Holy Cross, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6RJ
Fleet Air Arm Museum
The Fleet Air Arm Museum is devoted to the history of British naval aviation. It has an extensive collection of military and civilian aircraft, aero engines, models of aircraft and Royal Navy ships especially aircraft carriers. There are four very large display halls plus other smaller exhibits. It’s also 25 miles from the site, so would be great with a day made out of it and stopping off for a spot of lunch whilst enjoying the area!
Address: BA22 8HW
Contact: 01935 840565
Bovington Tank Museum
The exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from WW1 to the present day. The 6 large halls enable you to come face to face with vehicles that have seen action all over the world with interactive displays and voice recordings of those who fought. There are over 300 vehicles regarded as the best in the world. From our site, it takes just under 1 hour to drive to the Tank Museum.
Address: The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG
Contact: 01929 462359