Family Holidays in South Devon family holiday guide


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Whether you’re here for a weekend away or you’ve got plans to stay for a while and enjoy a longer holiday, South Devon is a place brimming with fun and adventure for all the family.

With diverse landscapes and a variety of attractions to visit and activities to try, South Devon has something that will delight every single visitor to this spectacular part of the world. Whether you’re looking for woodland activities, scenic seaside vistas, charming market towns, family-friendly fun or a little bit of everything, South Devon is the place to be.

With so much on offer it can sometimes be tricky to decide how to spend your time. So, let’s take a closer look at the wonders of South Devon and why this is a destination you and the whole family will fall in love with.

Here are the top 10 things we love about family holidays in South Devon:

  1. Find whatever you could ever want or need within easy reach.
  2. Have fun on South Devon’s beautiful beaches, building sandcastles, exploring rock pools and paddling in the ocean. Oh, and sampling some of the local ice cream, of course!
  3. Tuck into an array of delicious snacks and food, safe in the knowledge that there will always be something to suit all tastes and preferences.
  4. Explore treasure trails and make lots of memories in family-focused theme parks and attractions.
  5. Enjoy ultra-safe walking and cycling trails through spectacular scenery. From short walks to leisurely bike rides, there’s a trail to suit all ages and abilities. Drop into welcoming country pubs or find scenic picnic spots along the way, and see how many species of wildlife you can spot on your adventures.
  6. Soak in South Devon’s sub-tropical climate and marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage protected Jurassic Coast whilst embarking on a fossil-hunting expedition.
  7. Ride the rollercoasters at local theme parks, go quad biking or horse riding through beautiful landscapes, and try your hand at a variety of water sports. We really mean it when we say there is an activity and attraction for absolutely everyone.
  8. From sea kayaking to rock climbing, there are plenty of opportunities to try something new.
  9. The excellent bus, road and rail connections make getting here easy.
  10. Wander through charming traditional market towns, exploring independent boutiques and selecting the perfect souvenir to remember your holiday by.


With unspoilt countryside and rugged coastlines within easy reach, South Devon’s landscape is tailor-made for family holidays. From exploring market towns and learning more about the local historical sites to meeting an array of wildlife in nature reserves and trying your hand at some adventurous water sports, it’s not difficult to see why so many people see South Devon is a bit of a playground for the young and young at heart.

But if taking things at a somewhat more leisurely pace is more your style, South Devon has a wide variety of relaxing locations to enjoy. You could, for example, admire the boats and yachts in Salcombe’s harbour, have a go at catching your own in the lively fishing port of Brixham, and tuck into a traditional Devonshire cream tea in a riverside tearoom in Dartmouth.


    • Explore the charming Elizabethan Streets of Dartmouth. Hop on a steam train to the beautiful sailing town of Dartmouth to enjoy locally caught seafood, independent boutiques, art galleries, and bustling markets.
    • Babbacombe Model Village. Spend a few hours feeling like a giant, exploring this famous model village which includes miniature displays of Paignton Zoo and a traditional fishing village.
    • Admire Agatha Christie’s holiday home. One for literary lovers, Christie described Greenway in Brixham, which is now a National Trust property, as ‘the loveliest place in the world’.
    • Enjoy the bohemian lifestyle in Totnes. Home to an array of quirky eateries and unique boutiques, you’ll love this historic Saxon town.
    • Seaton Jurassic Centre. Travel through time, indulge your inner explorer, and come face to face with a series of ancient monsters.
    • Dartmoor National Park. Home to wild Ponies, towering granite tors, ancient woodlands, serene streams and intriguing standing stone formations, this area of outstanding national beauty is unlike anywhere else.
    • The South West Coast Path. The UK’s longest National Trail is an astonishing 630 miles long and attracts visitors from across the world. The South Devon portion of the trail takes walkers through 22 stunning miles of coastal scenery and the most popular 2.5 mile stretch passes a variety of key landmarks including a weatherworn cliff arch popularly known as ‘London Bridge’ and Beacon Cove, which author Agatha Christie visited as a child.
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