Devon is blessed with miles of beautiful coastline to explore, but what will you do with the kids when it rains? Luckily, there are plenty of family-friendly activities for a wet day, from prehistoric caves to the UK’s largest aquarium.
So are you ready to discover our favourite Child-Friendly Things to Do in Devon in the rain.
1. National Marine Aquarium
Firstly, the UK’s largest aquarium has over 4,000 animals for kids to marvel at. Even parents will be impressed at the sheer size of The Eddystone Reef tank – the UK’s largest single-tank viewing panel. The Atlantic Ocean tank, home to large nurse sharks, sand tiger sharks and lemon sharks, is also the deepest in the UK.
Secondly, the National Marine Aquarium is a conservation charity with a mission of ‘connecting us with our Oceans’. So by visiting you are helping to protect the marine environment.
There are plenty of family friendly activities happening every day to entertain all ages, including shark feeds, toddler activity sessions, behind the scenes tours and even scuba dive trials around the aquarium.
Address: Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 0LF
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 5pm
2. South Devon Railway
Soak up the sights and sounds of a historic steam train as you travel on the South Devon railway – a seven mile stretch of railway running along the River Dart valley. One of the West Country’s most loved tourist attractions, train passengers can admire the beautiful scenery between the towns of Buckfastleigh and Totnes. Family friendly events run throughout the year including Days out with Thomas and Santa-by-Steam.
Passengers can buy a multi-ticket which gives them a return train ride plus entry to Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies.
3. Greenway House
The holiday home of Torquay born author Agatha Christie, this National Trust house is bursting with interesting memorabilia. Christie’s husband was indeed a keen collector, so there’s a great number of artefacts, as well as numerous manuscripts of Christie’s popular books. They were both very keen gardeners too, building up a collection of rare shrubs and flowers in the beautiful grounds, which overlook the River Dart.
Family visitors can choose between the archaeology trail, perfect for older kids, and the animal themed trail which is great for little ones. They can also tick off from the list “50 things to do before you’re 11¾. “
BabyBreaks Tip: The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is running every day during the Easter Holidays.
Opening Hours: Open daily March – October , 10:30 am – 5pm. Open weekends only 11am – 4pm from November – Feb
4. Kent’s Cavern Prehistoric Caves
One of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe, this UNESCO Global Geopark takes visitors back to a time when humans lived in caves. You’ll be surrounded by 400 million years of history as your guide walks you through the caves. You will see also inscriptions, examples of the earliest tools ever found in Britain, and the bones and teeth of Ice Age animals.
There are also lots of activities during the school holidays such as the current Dinosaur Quest.
Address: 91 Ilsham Rd, Torquay TQ1 2JF
Opening Hours: Open Daily From 9am. Cave tours from 10:30 – 4pm
5. Golden Hind Museum Ship
This full sized replica of one of the most iconic ships from the age of exploration has become a family favourite feature of pretty Brixham harbour. Step aboard and find out what life was like on Sir Francis Drake’s famous ship. See where the crew and prisoners slept below decks, marvel at the huge cannons, and learn all about the treasures discovered and pirates encountered on the ship’s voyage.
Kids can walk the plank, have a go at rope tying and rope hauling as well as getting their hands on the full size ship’s wheel!
Address: The Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AW
Opening Hours: Open daily from spring to autumn. Opening times vary, check the website for more details.
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