best attractions for families in Devon

These are the best attractions for families in Devon, according to TripAdvisor data

Wednesday 08th May 2024 |

Devon is a great place to visit with children, with plenty of family-friendly beaches, adventure parks and outdoor activities – there’s something for everyone. To help families, local experts at Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays have revealed the best attractions for families in Devon.

The family holiday cottages company analysed TripAdvisor reviews for a number of popular places in Devon to find the percentage of reviews from visits by families, who rated the spot five stars.

RankPlace% of 5* Family Reviews
1Devon Activity Centre96%
2The Milky Way Adventure Park85%
3Tree Surfers85%
4Barricane Beach84%
5Bear Town84%
6Pennywell Farm84%
7Woolacombe Beach82%
8Coleton Fishacre81%
9Valley of the Rocks79%
10Lydford Gorge79%

1. Devon Activity Centre

Taking the top spot is Devon Activity Centre, an outdoor experience located near Exeter which has a fantastic 96% of reviewers giving it five-star. With a range of outdoor activities to suit everyone, families can enjoy go karting and scenic segway trails to target activities and assault courses, perfect for an action-packed day out.

2. The Milky Way Adventure Park

Placing second is The Milky Way Adventure Park, an amusement park located in North Devon. Named ‘Devon’s Large Attraction of the Year’ by Visit Devon in 2023/24 and gaining five stars in 85% of its reviews on TripAdvisor it has fun indoor activities and acres of outdoor activities, making it great for an all-weather family experience.

3. Tree Surfers

Taking third is Tree Surfers with 85% of TripAdvisor reviews gaining five stars. Families can enjoy tree top activities suitable for all ages located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Tamar Valley. With cross rope bridges, zip lines, walkways and Tarzan swings, as well as archery sessions and mountain bike trails, the whole family can have an exciting adventure together.

4. Barricane Beach

A secluded beach located at the far northern end of Woolacombe, Barricane Beach gets its name from the range of shells found on its sands. Great for rock pooling and surfing, the beach is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, although families should be aware there is a lack of lifeguards at any time throughout the year.

5. Bear Town

A unique role-play experience for children aged 1-7, Bear Town is set in an immersive town setting. Located between Exeter and Cullompton, there are 12 different role-play areas that encourage children to learn through play.

6. Pennywell Farm

Located just outside the town of Buckfastleigh is Pennywell Farm, the biggest activity farm in the South West. Home to over 150 animals, it has something for everyone, from hands-on activities and displays to pig racing and tractor rides.

7. Woolacombe Beach

A favourite with families, Woolacombe is a 3-mile sandy beach located on the North Devon coast. With breathtaking views, it’s a great spot for families looking for a traditional seaside experience, with lifeguards to ensure safe family swimming during the summer.

8. Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre is a 1920s country retreat near Kingswear, with Art Deco elegance and a Royal Horticultural Society accredited garden. With woodlands and trails for little ones to explore, there is also an area dedicated to den building and seasonal events taking place throughout the year.

9. Valley of the Rocks

The Valley of Rocks is a U-shaped valley with a dramatic section of coastline on the northern edge of Exmoor. Boasting some of England’s highest sea cliffs, it’s famous for its herd of goats, geology and breathtaking views, ideal for family walks.

10. Lydford Gorge

Situated halfway between Okehampton and Tavistock, Lydford Gorge is the deepest river gorge in the South West, with a picturesque 30m high waterfall. Designated a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) for its geology, flora and fauna, the gorge is filled with temperate rainforest.