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Family in formal gardens at Knightshayes | © National Trust/Chris Lacey

Family-friendly places around Devon and Exmoor

From rock pooling on beautiful beaches to exploring historic houses, there are plenty of places to enjoy a great family day out around Devon and Exmoor.

Family-friendly houses and gardens in Devon

Find all the best houses and gardens for your family to visit.

The library at Knightshayes with bookshelves wrapping round the walls, gold wallpaper and sofas.


Discover the house at Knightshayes. See the details behind architect William Burges's gothic façade and a portrait that may be by Rembrandt.

Family walking in the grounds of Arlington Court with two dogs

Arlington Court 

There's lots of family fun to be had at Arlington Court. Discover a house full of treasures, an impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles and over 20 miles of walkways, bridleways and cycle routes to explore.

Visitors inside the Bear Hut, looking out of the window at Killerton, Devon


Explore the garden, woods and parkland at Killerton. With an estate that covers 6,400 acres, you'll find fun and adventures for children of all ages. Join in the fun during the Summer of Play, from 22 July to 3 September 2023.

Young visitors playing board games at Buckland Abbey, Devon

Buckland Abbey 

Whether it's a woodland adventure, an amazing story of life on the high seas or a tasty treat from the cafe, there's something for all the family to enjoy at Buckland Abbey.

Children playing in the garden during a rain shower at Greenway, Devon


From garden games to spotting wildlife on the river, there's an adventure for kids big and small.

Child running along a path in the garden at Coleton Fishacre, Devon

Coleton Fishacre 

Discover a host of activities at Coleton Fishacre to keep the whole family entertained and help you create memories together. What adventures will you have next?

Children looking through binoculars outside

Castle Drogo 

Visit this family home and castle on the edge of Dartmoor. It’s the last castle to be built in England and has views across the Teign Gorge in Devon.

Mother and daughter enjoy exploring Saltram house and looking at the Chinese Wallpaper


Find family friendly activities to do at Saltram from exploring the estate and gardens to seasonal events.

Family friendly places on Exmoor

An adult, holding a small child, watches their child playing games on the lawn of the Green Court at Dunster Castle, Somerset

Family Fun at Dunster Castle and Watermill 

Looking for a fun family day out this spring? Whether you're after outdoor games or a fun trail for the kids, we've got lots for you to enjoy.

Family exploring Fyne Court

Family-friendly things to do at Fyne Court 

Fyne Court is a brilliant place for families to explore. Find out more about the activities you can enjoy together.

Man on a mountain bike in the woods

Things to do in Lorna Doone Valley 

Discover this hidden valley in Exmoor, made famous by R.D. Blackmore in his novel Lorna Doone and home to a wide variety of wildlife such as red deer and Exmoor ponies.

What's on for May half term

An older woman holds the hands of a small child, who's standing on a large log with two others, on a woodland trail at Killerton, Devon

Roundheads and Cavaliers at Killerton 

Follow this trail to the royalist outpost at Culombjohn. Spot clues along the way and carry out a mission to help your side. 25 May - 2 June.

Children running in the garden at The Children's Country House at Sudbury, Derbyshire

Natural Navigation Trail at Castle Drogo 

Join us this May half term learning to read nature's clues. Follow a fun trail around the Drogo gardens using just the landscape and your wits to guide you. 25 May - 2 June.

Two children looking closely at a trail sheet, with another child and greenery in the background.

Treelore trail at Buckland Abbey 

On the Treelore trail you will learn about folklore, old remedies and hints and tips related to the indigenous trees on our estate. Pick up a trail sheet from Visitor Welcome to take part. Everyday until 2 June.

Two young children walking in the garden at Saltram

Nature Pattern Play Trail at Saltram 

Join us this half term to take part in activities which will get your body moving and mind thinking, as you learn all about nature patterns. Walk the footpath of a snail spiral or climb through a spider's web and discover just some of the amazing patterns we have in nature. 25 May - 2 June.

Child visitor smelling a rose in the garden at Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire

Fascinating Floriography trail at Knightshayes 

Did you know that every flower has a secret meaning? Discover how the Victorians used flowers to convey messages on this fascinating flower trail at Knightshayes. 25 May - 2 June.

A child and little dog running, with a family walking behind, at the grounds at Arlington Court, Devon

Wildflower family activity trail at Arlington Court 

Journey around the pleasure grounds and take part in 9 pollinator themed activities, from wall ball mazes to aphid tosses and flower matching. Everyday until 15 July.

Barn owl, perched in early evening at Orford Ness, Suffolk

Calling all nature explorers: Get to know Barn Owls at Coleton Fishacre 

From learning about Barn Owl habitats and conservation, to how the extreme weather and climate change can affect them and getting a look into the feeding habits with pellet analysis, join the Barn Owl Trust, a small national charity, for a fascinating talk on all things Barn Owl. 29 May 11am-1pm.

Families taking part in a rockpool ramble event on the beach at Woolacombe, Devon

Reptile Rambles at Woolacombe 

Join our ranger Jos for a wander through the dunes, hunting for reptiles and seeking out spots where snakes & lizards like to bask, all while finding out more about these amazing creatures and what you can do to help protect them. 25 May and 27 May 9.45am-12pm.

May half term just over the border in Somerset

A woman with two children look at a trail sheet in the gardens at Dunster Castle

Step into the past at Dunster Castle's half term trail 

It's the 1400s and Hugh Luttrell is planning a grand feast in the Great Hall. Follow the trail, complete activities, answer questions and learn what food and festivities were like in the past. 25 May - 2 June.

Summer family fun at Wallington

Spring Colours trail at Fyne Court 

A family trail around the woodland of Fyne Court, pick up a colour wheel trail sheet from our welcome hut and follow Betsy the Bee to find all 8 colours of the colour wheel. When you get back, draw what you've found on our large colour wheel chalkboard to showcase all of the different natural things you've found at Fyne Court of different colours. 25 May - 2 June.

Things to do, rain or shine

The British weather can be unpredictable, so we've pulled together ideas to help keep the family busy ... whatever the weather!

Two children in coats and wellies walk along the path with umbrellas up towards East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire

Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities to do when it’s raining 

We've compiled a selection of items from the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ list that are perfect for rainy days, so grab your waterproofs and get involved.

Visitor looking for insects with a butterfly net at Crom, Country Fermanagh.

Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities in summer 

Enjoy a memorable family day out this summer. Plan your own wild adventures and see how many of our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities you can try out wherever you are.

Family-friendly countryside and beaches

Discover places to explore in the fresh air with all the family.

Visitors rockpooling at Wembury Beach, Wembury, Devon


From water sports on the beach to rock-pooling with the family, discover the adventures to be had when you visit Wembury and the surrounding areas.

A family of four are strolling through woodland at Rowallane Garden, County Down, where the leaves on the trees have turned yellow. The family is looking at something out of the shot.


Explore the historic estate of Parke on the edge of Dartmoor, with its walled garden and mixed orchard plus abundant wildlife on the river.

Family standing on bridge looking for fish in the river at Lydford Gorge, Devon

Lydford Gorge 

This spring find a prehistoric world full of crashing water and new growth with plenty of outdoor fun and adventure for all the family at Lydford Gorge.

Two children walk down steps outside at Plymbridge Woods, Devon in the summer

Plymbridge Woods 

Discover what you can do when visiting Plymbridge Woods, a 'bridge' between rugged open, windswept moorland and the city of Plymouth and the coast.

Visitors walking at Heddon Valley, Devon

Heddon Valley 

Explore the wooded river valley reaching inland down to the sea at Heddon's Mouth. Heddon Valley's walking routes include two accessible routes for all-terrain mobility scooters with Tramper.

Child with a net explores rockpools at South Milton Sands, Devon

South Milton Sands 

Follow the coast path to the pretty village of Hope Cove, enjoy some water sports or stay longer and enjoy some stargazing – there's something for everyone at South Milton Sands.

Surfer at Woolacombe on a cloudy day

Things to see and do at Woolacombe 

From its ideal surfing conditions to its array of rock pools, Woolacombe remains one of North Devon’s best-loved beaches. Find out more about what you can see and do here.

A child explores the rocky paths with adults in the background around Baggy Point, Devon

Things to do at Baggy Point 

Get closer to nature and explore what Baggy Point has to offer along North Devon’s rugged landscape.

All family-friendly places around Devon and Exmoor

    The South Front and lawn at Knightshayes on a sunny day

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    Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.