There’s a lot more to a family holiday in Devon than cream teas and country cottages.
This is the county for some of the world’s best surfing beaches.
It’s also where you’ll find the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone round Lundy Island.
And if you were in any doubt about its seaside credentials, Devon’s home to the English Riviera too. Naturally, the cream teas are fantastic, especially after all the walking, cycling, swimming, sailing and exploring that’s all part of spending more than five minutes here.
And if your heart’s set on a country cottage, you’re in one of the best areas in the south of England for characterful self-catering – try historic Lundy Lighthouse Light Keeper’s cottage for starters.
The county includes Exmoor National Park and Dartmoor National Park.
The English Riviera sits on the south east coast.
The north west coast has several of the UK’s best surfing beaches and award winning kids’ surf schools.
Lundy Island, 15km off the north west coast, is the UK’s first Marine Conservation Zone.
Devon is one of the best counties in the south of England for family holiday parks and high quality camping and caravan sites.
There are several direct trains every day from London Paddington to Torquay and Ilfracombe.
It takes under four hours to reach Devon from London by road or rail.
Voted one of the best amusement parks in the UK, this is an all-weather, all-rounder with white knuckle rides for teens and scaled-down thrills for younger kids.
Get up close to sea creatures from north Devon’s unique marine environment at this award-winning, zoned aquarium.
This extraordinary zoo is about as hands-on as kids can safely be with the wildest of wild animals.
This recently refurbished little gem is one of the best small museums in the UK – fantastic kid’s event and activity programme too.
A WWF Amazing Day’s Out award winner, this wildlife and nature park is astonishing and great value for families.
Rollercoasters, dinosaurs and just as much fun for winter themes as summer.
One of south west England’s biggest indoor climbing walls at the Quay Climbing Centre.
An easy five kilometre stroll that takes kids past ‘the village that fell into the sea’.
Tick Devon activity boxes from north to south and pay for nothing (or very little).
Excellent kid’s activity and events programmes all year round and home to the Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum.
Mix driving, cycling and walking to make the most of Devon. Good bus services connect most towns, villages and cities and there are daily trains from London Paddington to Torquay and Ilfracombe. The ferry to Lundy Island sails morning and afternoon from Ilfracombe and the crossing takes less than 2 hours.