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Here are some suggestions of attractions and places to visit in the area. They are listed by distance from the park. For further information visit our comprehensive tourist information centre in reception.


Horse Riding at Woodhouse Farm Riding Stables, Hawkchurch

Woodhouse Farm Stables is a fully licenced and insured family run business offering a very friendly welcome to everyone.  From 4 years old and above, complete beginners, novice or experienced riders. Ride across some of Devon, Dorset and Somerset’s most beautiful countryside, trek through farmland, woodland and bridleways, enjoying some wonderful views on the way.

Address: Wood house Farm stables, Hawkchurch, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5UF

Approx distance – 2 miles

Website: http://www.woodhouseridingstables.co.uk

Contact: 01297 639202 or 07977381379


Lyme Regis Golf Course

Lyme Regis Golf Club, founded in 1893, is recognized as one of the finest golf courses in the south west. The cliff top course has wonderful coastal views, stretching from Portland in the east, to Start Point in the west.  The course provides a stiff challenge for golfers of all abilities.  The ‘Greens Restaurant’ is highly recommended.

Address: Timber Hill, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3HQ

Approx distance – 2 miles

Website: https://lymeregisgolfclub.co.uk/

Contact: 01297 442 963


Lyme Regis Fishing Trips

A holiday near Lyme Regis is not complete without a days mackerel fishing.  The Marie F and Sunbeam are two custom built fishing boats which regularly set out from the end of the harbour 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

Approx distance – 4 miles

Website: http://www.mackerelfishinglymeregis.com/

Contact: 07974 753 287


Axe Valley Bird & Animal Park

A small and friendly zoo situated in the beautiful countryside of the Axe Valley in East Devon. “We pride ourselves in being child-friendly and believe that any age group will love our animals, we are however, primarily aimed at families with children under 12 years of age.

Address: Summerleaze Farm, Kilmington, Axminster, Devon EX13 7RA

Approx distance – 4 miles

Website: http://www.axevalleypark.co.uk

Contact: 01297 34472


St Candida and the Holy Cross

People have been travelling on pilgrimimage to St Candida and the Holy Cross church since mediaeval times to ask Saint Wite for help. The shrine of Saint Edward the Confessor in Westminster Abbey, and that of St Wite in Whitchurch Canonicorum, are the only two saints shrines to have survived intact the ravages of the Reformation.  Known as the Cathedral of the Vale, this Grade 1 listed church offers great peace and tranquility and is still a place of pilgrimage in todays busy world.

Address: St Candida and Holy Cross, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6RJ

Approx distance – 6 miles

Website: http://www.cathedralofthevale.co.uk


Burrow Farm Gardens

Thirteen acres of landscaped gardens with beautiful colour throughout the year. Set in idyllic countryside between Axminster & Honiton offering year round displays. Explore the gardens then stop for a coffee or glorious Devon cream tea.

Address: Burrow Farm, Dalwood, Axminster, Devon EX13 7ET

Approx distance – 7 miles

Website: http://www.burrowfarmgardens.co.uk

Contact:01404 831 285

Seaton Tramway Devon

Seaton Tramway

Running from to Colyton to Seaton, young and old will delight in this rather special trip alongside the Axe Estuary. Over 20 trams of all colours and designs are in use. The tram stops half way along the journey in the village of Colyford, just by the local pub.  Seaton’s tram station puts you right in the heart of the town and the seafront is only a short walk away.

Address: Riverside Depot, Harbour Rd, Seaton EX12 2NQ

Approx distance – 8 miles

Website: http://www.tram.co.uk/

Contact: 01297 203 75


Forde Abbey

This delightful Cistercian Abbey was converted to a family in home 1543 and contains the beautiful Mortlake tapestries, woven from the internationally famous Raphael cartoons, which are now housed in the V&A. In edition to the main house tour, there is a tea room in the old undercroft, a good plant nursery and an award winning herd of Red Devon Cattle. Together with over 30 acres of carefully planted gardens and lawns, there is always something to enjoy. 

Address: Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU

Approx distance – 9 miles

Website: https://www.fordeabbey.co.uk

Contact: 01460 220 231



One of Devon’s leading tourist attractions set on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer. Peco are a foremost manufacturer of model railways. A fun day out for everyone with plenty to do and see. This visit can be combined with a visit to Beer Quarry Caves, shown below.

Address:  Mare Ln, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3NA

Approx distance – 11 miles 

Website: https://www.pecorama.co.uk

Contact: 01297 21542

Beer Quarry Caves Devon

Beer Quarry Caves

This vast man-made complex of underground caverns was created by centuries of quarrying the famous Beer Stone. The quarrying date back to the roman era. Enjoy an hour long tour guide through the quarry and see how different ages left their mark whilst cutting the stone. The quarry supplied stone for 24 cathedrals, including Exeter, St.Paul’s, also Westminster Abbey. The Tower of London, Hampton Court and Windsor Castle all have used Beer Quarry stone. 

Address: Quarry Ln, Beer, Devon EX12 3AT

Approx distance – 11 miles

Website: http://www.beerquarrycaves.co.uk/

Contact: 01297 680 282


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.  The Donkey Sanctuary is an international charity. A lovely day out for all to be had.

Address: Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU 

Approx distance – 15 miles

Website: https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

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 Otter Valley. The landscaped park combines 18th century tranquillity with modern amenities and provides all year round fun and a great day out for everyone. Attractions include historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, a woodland railway ride, a nature trail, maze, mini golf, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, a restaurant and shop.

Website: https://www.bictongardens.co.uk/

Address: Bicton, East Budleigh Salterton, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7BJ

Approx distance – 22 miles

Contact: 01395 568 465


Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens were first established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester, as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. They now cover 30 acres and are filled with exotic and sometimes rare plants from across the world. Holding many events over the course of the year, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Why not combine your trip with a visit to the adjacent Swannery.

Address: Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA

Approx distance – 23 miles

Website: https://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/

Contact: 01305 871 387


Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery is unique and the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting mute swans. From mid May to the end of June you can see the newly hatched chicks and hundreds of cygnets around the pathways.

Why not combine your trip with a visit to the adjacent Subtropical Gardens.

Address: Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA

Approx distance – 23 miles

Website: http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/swannery/


Contact: 01305 871 387


Raceworld Indoor Karting is a great place to enjoy affordable motorsports. Suitable for those aged 12 and over and above 1.55m tall. A fun, 350 metre track, 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

Approx distance – 25 miles

Website: http://www.raceworld-karting.co.uk

Contact: 01395 233 397


Quad World

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

Approx distance – 26 miles

Website: http://www.quadworld.co.uk/

Contact: 01392 881 313


Crealy Adventure Park

Crealy Adventure Park & Resort is an award winning family theme park boasting over 60 rides and attractions. With spectacular live entertainment shows and animals galore, it’s no wonder that Crealy Adventure Park & Resort is regularly voted tone of the best days out in Devon.

Address: Sidmouth Rd, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DR

Approx distance – 26 miles

Website: https://www.crealy.co.uk/

Contact: 01395 233 200


A La Ronde – National Trust

Enter a magical world, a sixteen-sided house inspired by the incredible adventures of two fiercely independent spinster cousins, Mary and Jane Parminter, who went on a tour around Europe. From walls lovingly decorated with hundreds of feathers and shells, to quirky diamond shaped windows, this house is truly unique. Plenty to interest everyone.

Address: Summer Ln, Exmouth, Devon EX8 5BD

Approx distance – 27 miles

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/a-la-ronde

Contact: 01395 265 514


World of Country Life

Ride on the deer train or take goats for a walk. A chance to get up close in the pet centre or burn off some energy in one of the three soft play areas. There is a museum of farming and a Victorian street to see. A vintage car and motorcycle collection. Something for everyone which makes for an energetic and fun day out.

Address: West Down Lane, Sandy Bay, Exmouth, EX8 5BY

Approx distance – 28 miles

Website: http://www.worldofcountrylife.co.uk

Contact: 01395 274533


Killerton House – National Trust

Killerton is one of the largest National Trust properties with a 6,400 acre farming estate. Killerton house is open to the public and there are extensive woodland walks.  See the National Trust web site for further details.

Address: Killerton House, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE

Approx distance – 28 miles

Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton


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 large display halls plus other smaller exhibits. The museum  houses the first British built Concorde.

Address: BA22 8HW

Approx distance – 27 miles

Website: http://www.fleetairarm.com

Contact: 01935 840565


Stuart Line Cruises

Since 1968, Stuart Line Cruises has been listed as one of the “top family attractions in Devon”! With boat trips sailing the coast around Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay and Sidmouth, we give hundreds of thousands of happy passengers the chance to see the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, cruise the beautiful River Exe, or visit a picture-postcard South Devon town.

Address: Exmouth Marina, Exmouth, EX8 1DS

Approx distance – 30 miles

Website: http://www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk

Contact: 01395 222 144


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 which are regarded as the best in the world. 

Address: The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG

Approx distance – 37 miles

Website: http://www.tankmuseum.org/

Contact: 01929 462359