Animal Attractions in Dartmouth
A visit to a zoo or farm attraction in Dartmouth is a great way to keep the kids entertained – and adults too. Kids love to get hands on, and at Pennywell farm you can close to an array of farm animals, hold a rabbit, pet a goat, and don’t forget the miniature pigs that love a cuddle!
Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts are just across the River in the English Riviera, and the National Marine Aquarium is just a short drive to Plymouth. These large scale attractions are a full day out for all the family.
It’s not just zoos that will be of interest to animal lovers, the nature reserves around Dartmouth are full of local wildlife, including birds, seals, otters, and even the occasional dolphin.
Take a trip up the River Dart and you will often see Seals basking in the sunlight.
Slapton Ley Nature Reserve is the largest natural lake in south-west England, separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar, it is entirely freshwater. Slapton is teeming with wildlife, Badgers, Otters, Dormice and Bats, as well as birds. The Slapton Ley Field Centre run events throughout the year to help you and your children get close to this amazing natural world.
The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty also runs regular events where you can get up close and personal to the wildlife surrounding Dartmouth.
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A short walk from Paignton is Preston Sands, a great family beach. On this safe, clean beach you can sunbathe, swim or make castles in the sand, or why not grab a fishing net and explore the rock pools at low tide?
The Start Point Lighthouse, which has guided vessels along the English Channel for over 150 years, is situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is a family owned attraction, which relies on the work of volunteers and the great support of its customers. It aims to preserve endangered species of farm animals and the diversity of British wildlife.
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Treat your family to a full day of family fun and animal action at Pennywell Farm. Find us inland from Dartmouth on the edge of stunning Dartmoor National Park. With a different hands on activity, show or display every half hour, hundreds of...
This delectable beach is part of the English Riviera and it lives up to its name with its stunning sands, views and sunshine. This is the main beach for Torquay, being popular with holidaymakers from the surrounding hotels, day visitors and locals.
Devon's Best Kept Secret
Fast Rabbit Garden occupies 43 acres of the secluded Strawberry Valley. Nurtured since 1991, it is probably the largest garden featuring acid-loving plants in the county.