Free days out for kids in Devon

Whether you’re after adventure, culture or just want to see some lovely, fluffy animals; there are plenty of fantastic free days out for kids in Devon.

We’ve narrowed down your options to four key categories, allowing you an insight into the many weird and wonderful ways that both big and little kids can enjoy the county.

Meet the animals

Devon has so many wonderful animal activities for family days out.

Take the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, for example, which only asks for a small donation should you visit. The working farm attraction is home to more than 500 donkeys, mules and hinnies, and visitors can go along and say hello to the lovely animals – for free! It’s also set against the Jurassic Coast, where you can go fossil hunting afterwards.

Depending on the time of year, you might be lucky enough to spot dolphins, seals or even basking sharks off the Devon coast! Marine life is often spotted around Bideford Bay and Baggy Point in North Devon, as well as at South Devon spots including Prawle Point and Lyme Bay.

And that’s not to mention the goats at the Valley of Rocks, the Exmoor Ponies, the guillemots down at Berry Head in South Devon… it’s a certified haven for animal-lovers!

Get active

The South West Coast Path, Exmoor, Dartmoor, the Tarka Trail, Haldon Forest Park (above)… there are so many places for you to stretch your legs in Devon, without stretching the purse-strings.

The Coast Path in particular offers plenty of family-friendly routes, with our favourites being an evening stroll from Cofton along the Exe Estuary and Heddon’s Mouth, where you’ll come across dramatic cliffs and a gorgeous stream.

You can also enjoy a walk or cycle ride on the 180 miles of Tarka Trail, which runs in a figure-of-eight route centred on Barnstaple. And then, of course, there are several sandy stretches to enjoy a saunter along…

Beautiful beaches

Woolacombe, Croyde and Westward Ho! in the north of the region, Blackpool Sands, Salcombe (above) and Bantham in the south – we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Devon beaches. Why not enjoy a free frolic in the waves, rock-pooling, or even take time to build sandcastles here? There are so many things to do.

What’s even better is that a lot of Devon beaches allow dogs; although some do have restrictions in the busier months, so make sure you check in advance. Check out our guide to dog-friendly beaches in Devon for more ideas - our choices have no restrictions all year round.

Culture club

There are plenty of free-to-enter museums in the area. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon are open all-year-round, offering exhibitions and informative displays on a range of subjects.

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon also runs activities for children during the holidays, with a “Victorian Christmas” held for the last two years.

If it’s literary history you crave to learn, you can take the Agatha Christie Literary Trail, which flows through Torquay and Torbay, allowing an insight into the famous author’s life. Meanwhile, the Coleridge Way on Exmoor showcases the glorious scenery which connects a number of sites related to English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Thinking of heading to Devon for your next family holiday? Why not take a look at our fantastic range of properties in the county?

Posted by Simon Lockyer on 3rd January 2018