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Best things to do in Devon

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

National Park
“Something for everyone, check out the Dartmoor tourist info online, scenery is breathtaking and there is so much to do and enjoy”
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Zoo
“Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, is a zoo in Paignton, Devon, England, which was opened to the public in 1923. The zoo is part of South West Environmental Parks Ltd which is owned by the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT). It is a combined zoo and botanic garden that welcomes over half a million visitors a year. WWCT also runs Living Coasts in Torquay, Devon and Newquay Zoo in Newquay, Cornwall. All three are registered charities. Paignton Zoo has a collection of about 2,000 animals representing nearly 300 species. It also cultivates about 1,600 different species of plant. It currently employs over 100 permanent staff and an additional 120 seasonally. A registered educational and scientific charity, Paignton Zoo is committed to the highest standards of animal husbandry and welfare, to scientific research, education and the breeding and conservation of rare and endangered animal and plant species. Paignton Zoo was one of the earliest combined zoological and botanical gardens in Britain and the first that was opened with education as its mission. Paignton Zoo was, based on visitor feedback, named by TripAdvisor as the third best zoo in the UK and ninth best zoo in Europe in 2014.”
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Church
“A beautiful building in the heart of Exeter. Also well worth a mention are the guided Red Coat walking tours in Exeter (free) to learn about the history of this ancient city.”
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Garden
“Beautiful gardens, nice change from the coast. Great children’s activities in school holidays”
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Theatre
“The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the South West.”
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Neighbourhood
“Enjoy a day out in Plymouth and visit the historic Barbican area with its many bars, cafes and restaurants. Visit The Plymouth gin distillery situated here on the Barbican. ”
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Museum
“A beautiful Museum to delight historians and art lovers. Take a stroll into this much loved historic building, housing many wonderful pieces.”
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Monument / Landmark
“So interesting and good for adults and children. The first human jaw bone in Europe was discovered here. It's an important part of the Torbay Geopark.”
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Theatre
“Something on here all the time. Tribute acts, opera, drama, comedy, music. Lots going on. ”
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Theme Park
“This one time real sheep farm has diversified into a popular family attraction.”
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Zoo
“Our own maritime zoo - a great visit for all and only 20 minutes on foot from Rosa. Seabirds and animals. Brilliant views from here.”
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Aquarium
“One for those days you’d rather be inside! Great day out for the children. ”
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Harbour / Marina
“The iconic Cobb wall is an historic stone pier that stretches out to sea to protect the harbour at Lyme Regis. It famously features in Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and was a memorable feature of John Fowles' novel 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and the film adaptation (1981) featuring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. ”
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Theme Park
“Crealy Great Adventure Park is close to Exeter and roughly 45 mins drive - if you fancy a day out for the children.”
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Park
“beautiful scenic view over Plymouth Sound and the jewel in Plymouth's crown”
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Establishment
“Dartmouth Castle Artillery Fort Dartmouth Castle is an artillery fort, built to protect Dartmouth harbour in Devon, England. The earliest parts of the castle date from the 1380s, when, in response to the threat of a French attack, the civic authorities created a small enclosure castle overlooking the mouth of the Dart estuary. This was intended to engage enemy ships with catapults and possibly early cannon, and incorporated the local chapel of Saint Petroc within its walls. At the end of the 15th century, the castle was expanded with an artillery tower and an iron chain which could be stretched across the harbour to a tower at Godmerock; this addition formed the oldest known purpose-built coast artillery fort in Britain. Further gun batteries were added during the French invasion scare of the 1540s.”
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