Watching the pennies? Holidaying on a budget? Don’t worry – visit Devon and you’ll find an abundance of things to do…for free!
Yes, free. Devon has plenty to do and see, that won’t cost you a penny, so if you’re trying to keep those holiday costs down but don’t want to skimp on the enjoyment, then Devon’s the right destination for you.
Here are our top recommendations on the 7 best free days out in Devon.
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth – East Devon
No trip to Devon is complete without visiting The Donkey Sanctuary.
The Donkey Sanctuary is an award-winning attraction and is an amazing free spot to visit on a family day out.
Located in a tranquil corner of the Jurassic Coast near Sidmouth, The Donkey Sanctuary is home to hundreds of rescue donkeys, who all are waiting to meet you. The resident donkeys love to meet new people and their unique characters and stories are all ready to be discovered when you get there! The Donkey Sanctuary is loved by all, kids and older ones alike, cause it’s such a happy place!
P.S. they are an amazing charity and we would recommend you to adopt one of the lovable donkeys and keep tabs on them at home with the sanctuary’s live webcams! Isn’t that really cool!
Geoplay Park, Paignton – Torbay
This park on Paignton seafront splits into four sections, designed around the area’s geological history. Starting from toddlers up to teens, there are different experiences to try at the Geoplay Park for all ages.
For example, little ones will love riding on the trilobite & swinging. Plus the kids enjoy other features such as seesaw, climbing hut, trampoline and spinner bowls. There is teen play zone as well which is the largest area of the park and is equipped with a zip wire, towers, a six-way swing, climbing logs and much more.
Geoplay Park is filled with a great range of fun activities which are suitable for all ages! Kids absolutely love going here cause it’s so FUN!
House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey – Teignbridge
Even the name is intriguing, isn’t it! When you visit this attraction you’ll be in marble heaven.
House of Marbles is a perfect indoor spot for a free day out with family, especially on a rainy days.
There is also glass making to watch and a museum to visit which covers the 4,000-year history of glass. The collection boasts one of every marble made over the years, along with games from the early 17th century.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Exeter
There’s more in Exeter’s award-winning museum than you might imagine, its 16 galleries of displays take visitors on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to the present day and from Exeter to all around the world.
With three special exhibition spaces, its programme frequently changes which means there is likely to be something different to see during every visit. The museum displays from national touring shows to community displays and fine art from the city’s collection.
Free entry gives everyone the freedom to visit many times and to stay for any length of time.
Don’t forget to visit The Shop at RAMM, offering hand-picked gifts, unique craft items, books and affordable souvenirs for children. The gifts at RAMM are only available there and cannot be found in other places in the city! So, make the most of the exclusive shopping experience The Shop at RAMM has to offer.
Lundy Island, North Devon
Lundy Island has a unique array of wildlife, including a seal colony and puffins, which have become a Lundy island symbol. The cliffs of the island offer epic views at every angle. The pathways on the top of the island give an impression of a rugged moor, despite the entire island only being 5 kilometres in length.
Lundy Island is an absolute stunning location and has many fun things to do and places to visit for all ages. It is a perfect spot to have a family fun day out.
Occombe Farm, Paignton – Torbay
This working farm has an incredible array of animals to spot and gardens to explore. Also, it has a 2km nature trail to explore with family & friends.
They are presently building a new farm park, play attraction with animal trails, paddocks and a much larger farm shop.
There’s free parking and free entry available to Occombe farm.
The café on the site is stocked up with local food, including produce grown at the farm. If you love organic produce, and enjoy eating local then the cafe is perfect for you.
Beer Beach, East Devon
With a name like Beer, that’s our kind of town. Joking apart, it is abeautiful family-friendly shingle beach surrounded by limestone cliffs that doesn’t get too crowded. There are several fishing boats to see or even hire, with a great selection of cafes and takeaways.
There is a small car park adjacent to the beach and a larger one 15 minutes away in the centre of the village. Public toilets are situated nearby.
We hope you like our suggestions on the 7 best free days out in Devon! Check out our blog on 9 Best Family Holiday Ideas in Devon to get some more ideas to make this holiday season a memorable one!