Attractions in South Devon

 
Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts
Paignton Zoo is one of England's largest environmental parks with over 1,200 animals in the beautiful setting of 75 acres of botanical gardens. The zoo is one of Devon's most popular days out.Living Coasts features a range of fascinating coastal creatures from loud and loveable penguins to playful fur seals, colourful puffins to waders and sea ducks.
www.paigntonzoo.org.uk and www.livingcoasts.org.uk

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Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern
See how Neolithic man lived 450,000 years ago in underground caves.Recognised as the most important Stone Age cave in Britain, Kents Cavern has revealed more about Paleolithic Britain than anywhere else.
www.kents-cavern.co.uk

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Railway

Paignton and Dartmouth Railway
Unique in offering combined steam railway, river and sea adventures for days out in Devon.  The 'Round Robin' trip which takes you by train, by boat and bus is the most popular excursion and is not to be missed.
www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk

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Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village
A unique journey into a miniature world, picturesque by day, magical at night.  
www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Bygones

Bygones
A walk-through exhibition of Torquay life from Victorian times to the Second World War, with a life-size Victorian street and period rooms.
www.bygones.co.uk

Occombe Farm

Occombe Farm
Opened in 2006, offers a whole new Devon food and farming experience for all the family. View Ruby Red cows, pigs, sheep grazing in the fields and hens and ducks in the orchard.
www.countryside-trust.org.uk/Occombe

Brixham Heritage

Brixham Heritage Museum
Shows local life since Napoleonic times and the replica of Francis Drake's Golden Hind, in the harbour, goes back further to the 16th century.

South Devon Railway

South Devon Railway
If you enjoy travelling by steam train then you can also visit the South Devon Railway, which is a seven mile steam railway running between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. At Buckfastleigh, there is a play area, gardens, museum, workshop and café.
www.southdevonrailway.org


Castles & Gardens

 

Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey
Torre Abbey is the oldest building in Torquay. It has a story spanning 800 years and was once the most important Abbey of its kind in England, the brothers who lived here then were known as the White Canons. Following a massive three-year restoration project visitors can now explore the most ancient and hallowed parts of the building where some stunning finds have been unearthed.
www.torre-abbey.org.uk

Powderham

Powderham Castle
The Earl of Devon's Magnificent home features a deer park, secret garden, archery, birds of prey and local food shop. A guided tour takes you through the house and Victorian gardens.
www.powderham.co.uk

Berry Pomerory

Berry Pomeroy Castle
In a steep wooded valley, a family castle with 15th century defences, planned to be one of the most spectacular houses in the country. Never finished, it's the subject of several ghost stories. There are woodland walks from the carpark, with views of the ruins, plus the Castle Café.
www.english-heritage.org.uk

Compton Castle

Compton Castle
A bewitching mixture of romance and history. Once home to Sir Walter Raleigh's half brother Sir Humprey Gilbert, this rare fortified manor house in a dip in the Devon hills and has towers, buttresses, a portcullis and battlements.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Greenway

Greenway
A glimpse into the private holiday home of the famous author Agatha Christie and her family. The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950's and contains many of the families collects. Outside you can explore the large and romantic woodland garden which drifts down the hillside towards the Dart estuary.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre
Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the holiday home of the D'Oyly Carte family. The lovely sheltered gardens of this Art and Crafts House reach down to a little cove. There's also an award winning tearoom serving tasty pastries.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk