Where to visit with kids in South Devon

March 22, 2014 Off By Laura TMOT

The lovely people at Coast and Country asked for my opinions on what we would do on a family holiday in south Devon so I did a bit of research.  My girls love full on entertainment so I knew that if we were to fill our imaginary time away I would have to find some pretty amazing and varied places to visit and hopefully not spend too much. Obviously, its not just about the beaches.

The Unusual

The House of marbles – Not just a place to look at marbles you can see glass being made, explore the pottery museum and games museum and visit the outdoor play area. To make it even better it is free entry!

Dartmouth Prison Museum – A museum about prison life there is a collection of memorabilia, weapons, uniforms and more to interest all the family. A family ticket costs just £11.

The Gnome reserve – Gorgeous gardens with over 1000 gnomes in residence. See some of the amazing gnomes and dress like one too as gnome hats and fishing rods are loaned for free. Less than £4 each it looks fun filled and cheap too.

The History

Dartmouth castle –  We love looking at castles.It sparks the imagination and don’t tell the kids but its educational too! A family of four costs less than £15.

Kents Caverns – Take the kids underground and explore the caverns, participate in cave paintings and add your handprint to the wall of hands. Cost £35.50 for a family of four but they accept clubcard vouchers so plan ahead.

Buckfast Abbey – Having Scottish friends one of the places we would definitely have to visit is Buckfast abbey, because well the monks there make Buckfast. It is a free place to visit and has gorgeous architecture so if you are not going for the Buckfast then the building itself should be enough to wow you.

Outstanding value

I absolutely love a bargain! To make a visit to the South Devon Steam railway into a full day out you can buy a special ticket and also get admission into Totnes Rare Breeds farm and  Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies. All this for less than £64 for a family of four.

Writing this has made me wonder what might be hidden away in other areas of the country and more importantly what is closer to home that I didn’t know about. You may well see more of these sorts of posts coming soon.