The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A warm welcome is offered to all, local beers and an extensive locally sourced menu are available. The restaurant is Michelin and Good Food Guide recommended and offers good value for money.
A long shingle mile long beach stretching from Branscombe to Beer Head. You can walk there along the coastal path or park in the nearby car park (charges apply). There are facilities nearby and a dog exercise area.
Part of the impressive Killerton estate, you'll find miles of footpaths to choose from here. Look out for the wide variety of butterflies, bluebells and birds as you explore. Car parking is available for a £2 donation.
One of the oldest towns in Devon, Ottery St Mary pre-dates the Domesday Book by some margin. Nestling in the Otter Valley, Devon’s rolling countryside spreads in every direction. Just a few miles to the south are the beaches of the south coast, perfect for days out. Ottery St Mary has a number of mystifying annual celebrations that are always great fun to witness: Tar Barrel Rolling in November (the barrels are on fire!), the spectacular carnival and Pixie Day, when local bellringers are taken captive by ‘pixies’, with a fete, live entertainment and a fireworks display.
17 wooden barrels are coated in tar, set alight and carted shoulder-high through the streets of the town. Yes, on fire. It’s been a tradition since 1605-ish and probably started to brace the town for the imminent invasion of the Spanish Armada.
This really is a spectacular event. The atmosphere is electric as locals hurtle through the streets with the flaming barrels hoisted onto their backs. Thousands of people come to witness the tradition each year - if you don't like crowds, then this is probably not the event for you, but you can take refuge by the huge bonfire, which has to be one of the largest and most impressive in the South West, if not the country.
A fine example of 18th Century architecture, Killerton House is home to a vast collection of period costumes - 9,000 items in all - spanning the fashions of the past 200 years. The gardens are the star of the show at Killerton. Beautiful all year round, they put on a wonderful display of rhododendrons and magnolias, set against the backdrop of Devon's rolling countryside. Open-air theatre is hosted here during the summer.
Really great for out of season walks - acres of woodland on the hill behind the house - discover that the hill is actually an iron age fort ! make sure you wear wellies at this time of year !
wonderful gardens, beautifully maintained and worth a visit.
One of Devon's great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland. The famous garden was created by John Veitch and is beautiful all year round.
A National Trust property with beautiful gardens in rolling Devon countryside. Lovely for a walk in any season.
- J M Wynne
The focus here is on the animals, so there are no rides or play parks, just rescued donkeys to see and stroke. The Donkey Sanctuary is dog-friendly and admission is free.
Lovely to visit, and as it's free you can spend as little or as long as you like. Not just donkeys, there are some walks / trails to follow and a good cafe.
A great family day out, free entry, free parking, all facilities on site are good - from eating to toilets, beautiful grounds. Only downside is reliant on reasonable weather as mostly outdoors.
A wonderful day out for all the family - go on a fine day as you can walk a long way. A great bonus is that it is FREE to visit and there is no pressure on visitors to pay anything - but you will want to help this super charity.
The donkey sanctuary is a brilliant day out for families. We have been here on numerous occasions and it is a joy to see the smiles on the childrens faces as they interact with the donkeys. We are always made to feel very welcome and the staff are very well informed.
One of the largest in the world. Great for children and adults will enjoy it too.
- J M Wynne
A family run pub and restaurant which offers local ales and ciders to compliment the locally sourced menu.
Excellent food and service
An 18 hole championship course, nine hole course and driving range set in picturesque parkland in the Devon countryside. For those who prefer pampering to putting, there is a luxury spa and leisure complex.
The 20 metre pool, sauna and jacuzzi are well worth a visit and are set in beautiful surroundings; ideal for visiting families with young children and the keen lane swimmer alike. The small gym contains plently of equipment and all the latest technology. The Championship golf course boasts both 18 and 9 hole courses with manicured greens and beautiful scenery; the views are simply stunning. If all this isn't enough to keep you busy then, squash, tennis and fitness classes are also avilable to visitors. If relaxing is more to your taste then the onsite Bodyzone and Hairdresser may offer exactly what you are looking for. A very popular carvery is on offer every Sunday and meals can be enjoyed daily in either the Conservatory or Atrium Restaurants.
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