South Devon is a beautiful part of the UK. With sandy beaches, pretty towns and plenty of fantastic attractions to visit, it is the perfect holiday destination! Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-fuelled weekend or a tranquil getaway, this place has it all on offer. So that you can make the most of your trip, we have put together a handy little location guide to South Devon!
When to Visit
With the weather in the UK being somewhat temperamental, unfortunately, you can never guarantee sunshine. However, South Devon can be enjoyed come rain or shine! In the summer months, a walk along the coast is delightful; take in the scenic views and enjoy some fish and chips by the sea or treat yourself to an ice cream! Squidge your toes in the sand, take a dip in the ocean and enjoy the Devon sunshine. In the winter months, this beautiful part of the country can be appreciated at a slower pace and with quieter surroundings as you avoid the abundance of tourists. Put on your welly boots, hat, scarf and gloves and take to the stunning countryside. With many walking trails amongst picturesque surroundings, there is no better way to enjoy your time in South Devon! Finish your exploring by stopping in a pub and enjoy a well-earned pint or glass of vino, and unwind by a toasty fire.
How to Get There
Whether you are travelling by car, train or plane, South Devon is easily accessible. The M5 is the road to take if you are coming from areas such as Bristol, Cardiff or Birmingham. If you are travelling from London and the South East, the roads you will need are A30/A303/M3. A bonus of these routes is they offer a beautiful scenic drive down! If you are coming by train, there are six main stations within South Devon; Exeter, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Plymouth and Honiton (the closest station to us is Newton Abbot). For flights, Exeter airport is the closest; this is roughly a 40-minute drive from our site!
What to Do
South Devon is full of brilliant attractions, and here are just a few highlights:
Just a seven-minute drive from our site, Paignton Zoo is home to over 2,500 animals and is a well-loved attraction. From lions and rhinos to gorillas and crocodiles, this zoo is undoubtedly a brilliant day out. With feeding times and talks, you can get up close with the fascinating creatures. Watch some baboons enjoy their breakfast or witness tigers launch for some meat! Throughout each day, there are multiple feeding times and talks with different animals so you can plan your day accordingly to ensure you catch all the action!
Woodlands Family Theme Park
Less than a 40-minute drive from our holiday accommodation, Woodlands is the perfect family day out! From hitting high speeds on a toboggan through the countryside to experiencing the sheer drop on Vertigo, there is so much to do here. Along with plenty of rides for the thrill-seekers, the park also has a farm where you can meet some bunnies, lamb, horses, parrots and much more!
Roughly a 45-minute drive from our complex, Dartmouth Castle is a wonderful sight to be seen! Situated in a stunning location, discover 600 years of history at this enchanting castle. Take yourself back in time as you learn all about the heritage of Dartmouth Castle; from the war to exploring the gun tower. If you climb to the top of the battlement there are some fantastic views of Dartmouth town; perhaps a great opportunity to capture a family holiday snap. You can also enjoy a home-made cream tea as you sit back and relax while watching the boats drift by.
Could it get any cuter? These little piglets are just a 35-minute drive away from our holiday site! Pennywell Farm is home to some of the most adorable animals; from miniature pigs and donkeys to hedgehogs and lambs. There are plenty of things to do there during your trip, including bottle feeding lambs or cuddling a tiny pig! You could also take a goat for a little walk or witness some ferret racing. There are also four rides at Pennywell Farm – tractor and trailer rides, go-karts, a railway and red rocket racing cars!
Where to Stay
Where better to stay on your holiday to South Devon than right by the seaside? Our holiday accommodation in Paignton features three apartments that range from three to six guests, and we also have a caravan that can hold four guests. All of our accommodation is self-catering, which means you have total control and it can be your little home away from home! Our apartments and caravan are also dog-friendly, so your four-legged friend can join in on the holiday fun!