​Best places to visit in Devon

If you’re looking for things to do in Devon whilst staying at our hotel in Newton Abbot, then take a look below for some ideas. From family days out to the best beaches and local sports clubs, there’s bound to be something for everyone!


Woodlands Family Theme Park - 17 miles from the hotel.  Woodlands provides a fun family day out for all ages, no matter what the weather. With indoor and outdoor play areas, water rides and a mini zoo farm, it’s no wonder families say this is one of the best places to visit in Devon. Go wild at Woodlands!

Miniature Pony Centre - 16 miles from the hotel. This family attraction in Devon is situated in an idyllic setting in the heart of scenic Dartmoor, with plenty of beautiful countryside to explore, as well as miniature ponies and foals.

PennyWell Farm - 14 miles from the hotel. Enjoy the magic of the multi award-winning PennyWell Farm - the biggest activity park in the South West! With animals and rides, there's lots to do and see for the whole family.

Devon Wildlife Trust - Devon Wildlife Trust puts on over 100 local events in Devon each year, including festivals, nature reserve open days, walks, conservation work days, wildlife surveys, talks and fun days out.

Paignton Zoo - 11 miles from the hotel. With over two thousand creatures, this zoo has more animals than anyone else in the South West, including giraffes, lions, gorillas, cheetahs, crocodiles, meerkats, snakes and monkeys. There are also indoor play areas and the Jungle Express train. You'll need a whole day to see everything!

River Dart Country Park - 11 miles from the hotel. River Dart is set in 90 acres of land, with lakes, parkland, woods and the majestic River Dart flowing through the park, it is the ideal place to visit for a family day out in Devon. Children can play on the Pirate Ship lake in summer and outdoor adventure playgrounds all year round.

Crealy Adventure Park - 18 miles from the hotel. Crealy Adventure Park is set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside and has over 60 rides and attractions, including thrill rides, indoor play areas and farm animals. There’s something to do whatever the weather!

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Exeter City Football Club - 14 miles from the hotel. Exeter City play football in the EFL League 2. Exeter City play their football at their local ground, St James Park, which plays host to a capacity of 6,087. With some big names joining Exeter in League 2, there are plenty of great days out to be had at St James Park!

Torquay United Football Club - 8 miles from the hotel. Torquay United play their football in the National League, the fifth tier of English football. Torquay United’s stadium is Plainmoor, which hosts a capacity of 6,500. With a rich history and loyal fanbase, you won’t be disappointed whilst watching The Gulls!

Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club - 14 miles from the hotel. Plying their trade in the Aviva Premiership is the Exeter Chiefs. Coming off the back of their 2017 Premiership win, The Chiefs are buoyed by a passionate fanbase of 12,600 at home games. Sandy Park hosts fantastic rugby, and with events happening before and after matches at the stadium, you can make a whole day of it!


Teignmouth Golf Club - 4.5 miles from the hotel. This golf course was designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie and offers an 18 hole golf course with spectacular Devon sea views. The Clubhouse comes complete with a lounge and bar for refreshments after a day of golf!

Dainton Park Golf - 4.8 miles from the hotel. This course is situated within 125 acres of rolling South Devon parkland and offers a spectacular 18 hole golf course. This course has magnificent views over Dartmoor National Park and the South Hams. Facilities include a 10 bay floodlit driving range and a PGA recognised coaching academy.

Stover Golf Club - 4.4 miles from the hotel.  Designed by James Braid, this is one of the most popular golf courses in South Devon. Set in 200 acres of parkland it is an example of the very best of the South West, with many holes featuring mature woodlands and water. An excellent challenge for all golfing abilities.


Teignmouth - 5 miles from the hotel. Teignmouth is a long red sandy beach in a beautiful location, right beside Teignmouth town centre. Fishing trips and watersports are available. Dolphins can often be seen jumping and playing in the water so keep an eye out!

Shaldon - 5 miles from the hotel. Shaldon is a beautiful little beach. Situated in a scenic Devon village directly opposite Teignmouth Beach, catch the water ferry across from Teignmouth and see two Devon beaches in one day!

Torquay - 9 miles from the hotel. Just beside Torquay town you’ll find a lovely beach that forms part of the English Riviera Coastline, with plenty of boats to see in the harbour side.

Dawlish - 8 miles from the hotel. This is a quiet and relaxing sandy beach situated within walking distance of Dawlish town centre. Follow the footpath along the top of the sea wall and walk the full length of the beach to Dawlish Warren!

Dawlish Warren - 9.7 miles from the hotel. This is a long and sandy beach, right beside a nature reserve, a large arcade and local restaurant, offering a full family day out in Devon.

Find out more about South Devon beaches in our blog - Top beaches to visit in South Devon.