Whether you decide to keep your holiday on a tight budget and aim to tick off our full list of free activities or you want to mix it in with visits to top attractions and meals out you can create your perfect holiday to suit your budget.
1, Follow the Templer Way, the historic granite trail from Dartmoor to Teignmouth 2, Watch the fishermen return with their catch from a day’s fishing at Beer 3, Explore one of the many historical site found across the Black Down Hills AONB 4, Visit Slapton Sands & Torcross & see the Sherman Tank from the D-Day Landings 5, Visit the Mamhead Obelisk and enjoy stunning views towards Dawlish Warren and Exmouth 6, Step back in time & go fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast 7, Have a sand castle building competition on Teignmouth beach 8, Spot the wildfowl & wading birds at the Dawlish Warren Nature and Wildlife Reserve 9, Go rock pooling at Wembury and see what creatures live below the waves 10, Spot Dolphins, Seals & Basking Sharks off the South Devon coast 11, Cycle the Exe Estuary Trail 12, Enjoy a day out at the House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey 13, Wander around the Grade II listed gardens at Dartington Hall 14, Visit an exhibition at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen 15, Take the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail at Stover Country Park 16, Join in the fun at one of South Devon's Carnivals in the summer months 17, Stand on one of the most southerly points in Devon & see Start Point Lighthouse 18, People watch while sitting in the Royal Avenue Gardens in Dartmouth 19, Pack up a picnic & find your perfect picnic spot whilst exploring the East Devon AONB 20, Explore the trails, boardwalks & beautiful marshlands of Seaton Wetlands 21, Visit the Tumbling Weir in Ottery St Mary 22, Walk along the Great Westen Canal at Tiverton & see if you can spot a horse drawn barge 23, Find out about the history of Exeter on a Red Coat Guided Tour 24, Walk the South West Coast Path, there are some stunning stretches like Seaton to Branscombe & Torcross to Start Point 25, Visit Dawlish and look out for the famous Black Swans 26, Build a den at Haldon Forest Park with dead wood & branches 27, Visit the picturesque town of Bampton which is home to almost 100 listed building and structures 28, Meet the hundreds of donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth 29, Visit The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Exeter 30, Visit the Grade II listed town house of the Thelma Hulbert Gallery 31, Head to Dartmoor and spot the Wild Ponies 32, Spend an afternoon exploring Exeters Historic Quayside 33, Learn about the local history at one of the many town museum including Honiton, Sidmouth and Credition 34, At low tide cross the exposed beach & explore the chapel ruins on Burgh Island 35, Train spot on Dawlish beach, keep an eye out for the Steam Trains that travel the line during the summer months 36, Spot the wildfowl & wading birds at the Dawlish Warren Nature and Wildlife Reserve 37, Spend the day at Buckfast Abbey 38, Go Geocaching in the countryside 39, Have a day out at Hannah’s at Seale Hayne 40, Walk through the Smugglers Tunnel in Shaldon & discover what lies on the other side 41, Go wild swimming 42, Explore of the many walking routes & discover the stunning landscape of the South Devon AONB 43, Visit Slapton Ley, the largest freshwater lake in South West England 44, Follow a town trail & discover one of South Devon's charming towns, trails available include Kingsbridge, Credition & Cullompton 45, Enjoy a beautiful South Devon sunset then look out for a shooting star while stargazing 46, Look for The village that collapsed into the Sea at Hallsands 47, Discover the lighthouse, forts and nature reserve at Berry Head 48, Visit the Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton, and discover its fascinating history 49, Visit a local farmers market & sample the delicious produce (you may be tempted to spend a few pounds) 50, Take your camera out & get some great snaps of your favourite places to visit, collect some leaflets & use them to create a scrap book to help you remember your amazing holiday to South Devon.
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We know holidays can be expensive so we've developed a fun-filled list of free activities and ideas that the whole family can enjoy.
From wildlife enthusiasts to adventurers and those who just want a stress-free day out - our list of 50 free things to do in South Devon is designed to give you plenty of choice when visiting the region, and apart from transport, parking and maybe the odd treat, like a local ice cream, they’re all free.
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