Devon has long been a popular place to visit for a quick getaway for families.
With beaches and country hideaways, Devon offers plenty for visitors looking for a quick escape from the mundane every day and for a fun camping trip.
For many decades, Devon has been well-loved by many especially those living in the south western areas of the United Kingdom for its wonderful nature and scenery, being an all-time favourite camping hot spot.
Similar to Cornwall, another popular camping site in the UK, Devon offers many options for leisure visitors and there are plenty of things to do for the entire family.
Besides the usual walks on the beach, hiking on the South West Coast path, there are also many other attractions to visit and things to do when the weather is not in your favour of if you are travelling with children who have endless energy.
These places and activities would be useful when planning for your next visit to Devon, and you can be sure that there is bound to be something for everyone.
Read on to find out what are some of the interesting places to visit and things to do at Devon!
A visit to the aquarium is always fascinating and magical, and all the more so for young children.
Aquariums with their huge fish tanks and beautiful species of fishes always seem to enchant their visitors.
Therefore it is no surprise that a visit to an aquarium is a favourite family activity, rain or shine.
Being indoors saves the hassle of planning as the activity itself is not dependent on weather conditions.
At Devon, the Ilfracombe Aquarium also offers multiple recreated natural habitats of various fish species.
In fact, the aquarium is home to over 75 different species.
Even for adults, there are many fun activities to do.
For children, interactive displays will be sure to pique their interest and excitement while being educational.
Make sure not to miss out on the aquarium’s daily feeding session taking place at 11 am every day where children can get the chance to get up close and personal with the fishes at the aquarium.
Despite the aquarium’s small size, it offers plenty to do in a day.
Powderham Castle is a historic castle that has stood the test of time.
No matter how old you are, young or old, there is always something fascinating with history and historical buildings.
This is also the reason why Powderham Castle is one of the most popular sites in Devon.
In the castle, visitors can feel the history of the building and find out more about the people that used to live here in the past.
A bonus point is that the castle is dog-friendly!
If you have a furry friend, you can bring them along with you as you explore the site.
The Tarka Trail
The Tarka Trail is a 102-mile long trail that offers visitors who love the outdoors a great way to spend time.
Visitors can bike along the trail or go hiking as a family, both great outdoor activities to spend time in nature.
or runners, the trail is also a great running route where you can get in the sun and exercise in between your camping holidays.
Regardless of the activity, the trail boasts amazon scenery, plenty of greenery and multiple picture spots for you to snap some pictures for keepsake.
If you would like to bike down the trail, it is also convenient and accessible as you can simply rent from the bike stores along the trail without having to bring your own.
Lundy Island is a great option for those who would like to be away from the crowds and away from the mainland.
To visit the island, visitors have to take a short boat ride out, a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The island is also picturesque with many scenic sites.
If you’re looking for other activities to do on the island, the island warden also organises nature hikes where you may be able to spot the dolphins, sea birds, seals and basking sharks which are also residents of the island.
After a day of walking, you can also relax at the local old pub near the 13th-century Marisco Castle, a popular spot among visitors.
For nature-lovers, make sure not to miss out on Lydford Gorge, a spectacular gorge that draws visitors for its views.
You can easily spend the whole day at the Gorge with your family, trying out multiple routes.
The Gorge is also National-Trust owned, being well-maintained and is probably one of the best of its kind in the UK.
Most visitors start their trails from the top, where there are a variety of routes to choose from.
For adrenaline seekers and thrill lovers, there is also a steep path that descends almost directly down the waterfall.
For those who would like to take it slow and bask in the scenery, the slower river route offers plenty of chances to enjoy the greenery and spot wildlife and flora.
Plan ahead and plan for the weather
Devon offers plenty of activities to do and sites to visit if you are looking for a fun-filled day out with your family, or if you are on a weekend camping getaway.
Rain or shine, there is always something to do and something for everyone.
For the best time at Devon, it is good to plan out the activities you would like to do in advance.
For activities that are dependent on weather conditions, it is always good to have a backup plan just in case things don’t go the way you want them to.
Regardless of what you do, a visit to Devon is sure to rejuvenate and recharge those who feel tired because of their busy lives.
Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Devon offers time for one to connect with nature and to relax.
Hi, I am Amy I have two loves in my life camping and writing. When I am not writing for The Expert Camper, I am usually camping. Lake District is one of my favourite spots, but really anywhere in the UK under canvas I am happy.