Places to Visit in The Heart of Devon

Historic Buildings, Gardens, Interesting Places & family days out

A Wide Choice of Historic Buildings, Country Gardens, Interesting Places to Visit & Family Days Out

The great thing about staying in the Heart of Devon is that there is so much to do and see on the doorstep.  You won’t have to drive for miles to visit some wonderful historic houses, spectacular gardens or have a memorable day out with the family.

Historic Buildings, Houses & Gardens

There are some very interesting historical buildings & picturesque gardens in the local area that are well worth a visit.

Fursdon House a privately owned house near Thorverton with an interesting family history, lovely gardens & tea room

Killerton  National Trust Georgian house and renowned fashion collection with a landscape garden & lovely parkland

Knightshayes  National Trust Victorian country house surrounded by acres of glorious gardens and parkland.

Tiverton Castle  the remains of a mediaeval castle dismantled after the Civil War and thereafter converted in the 17th century into a country house.

Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum  one of the oldest woollen textile mills in the world.

Family Fun

You won’t need to travel far for a fun day out for all the family.

Diggerland  you can ride and drive diggers and much much more. It is the only place where adults and children can!

Devon Railway Centre  lots of things to do to keep the children happy, not just railways!

Quince Honey Farm  visit the world’s largest Honeybee exhibition; BeeWorld! The interesting displays and exhibits will teach you fun facts about the honeybee before you take a closer look inside the working hives.

The Bear Trail  an outdoor adventure trail suitable for all the family in all weathers.  If it’s sunny, the trail is so much fun…but it’s better in the rain!!

Crealy Adventure Park with over 100 acres of beautiful countryside to explore, 60 rides and attractions to get the heart pumping and the kids squealing with delight, and a wide range of cute and cuddly animal residents.

Tiverton Canal Horse Drawn Barge Take a trip with a difference aboard one of the last horse-drawn barges in the UK

Local Villages & Towns

There are many picturesque villages to explore, steeped in history with quaint houses, pretty churches, local shops and often a village pub, serving  local cider, ale & home cooked food. Many of the towns in the Heart of Devon have independent shops, cafes and regular farmer’s markets where you can chat to the producers and sample local produce for which the region is rightly famous.

Tiverton the largest town in the Heart of Devon, situated on the River Exe and the Grand Western Canal.  Pleasant town centre with a pannier market and several independent shops.  Fascinating museum of local history.

Cullompton  situated in the Culm Valley boasts one of the UK’s most finest churches.  The first town in Devon to hold its’ own Farmers Market

Crediton a lively market town with an unusually magnificent church and a famous saint, St. Boniface.  It contains many local independent retailers and there is also a thriving Farmers Market.

Dulverton known as the southern gateway to Exmoor and stands on the River Barle.  It has several shops, a National Park information centre and popular restaurants and cafes

Bampton a historic Charter Town, famous for its’ floral displays, lies close to the Somerset border, and is on the edge of the Exmoor National Park.

ExeterThe cathedral city of Exeter has a fascinating history and is a lively cultural centre with its university and its combination of ancient and modern buildings.  It boasts an excellent museum, underground passages, roman walls, cathedral & green.  Princesshay is a vibrant shopping centre where you will find all the major retailers.  Visit the cobbled Gandy Street and South Street for independent shops.  The quayside has a variety of craft and antique shops. can be hired in order to explore further along the canal.

The Coasts & Moors

Staying in the Heart of Devon makes exploring both the North & South coasts and Dartmoor & Exmoor National Parks very easy.

The north coast has a mixture of very dramatic coastline with pretty coastal towns and villages such as Lynton & Lynmouth famous for its’ cliff railway and the long stretches of sandy beaches at Saunton Sands & Croyde.

Visit the south coast and you will discover the stunning Jurassic coastline, a world heritage site well known for fossil hunting & the sandy beaches of Exmouth & Dawlish Warren.

Dartmoor & Exmoor National Parks are both within easy reach.  Discover their wide open spaces, stunning scenery, quaint villages & wild ponies.