5 free things to do in Devon

Date Posted: 17/05/2018

Heading to Devon in the near future? Fill your group trip with plenty of ideas, from museums to walking trails – and remember you don’t need to splurge to have a great time.

We round up some great ideas for your next trip to Devon that don’t break the bank.

1. The Donkey Sanctuary

If it's animals you’re after, then a visit to Devon's Donkey Sanctuary is a must. The charity rescues donkeys and provides them with a safe home, where visitors can learn their stories. The attraction is located on the Jurassic coast meaning you can combine a visit with cliffside strolls and beach visits.

2. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

If your group is interested in History, then the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is a free attraction that could be on the cards. With 16 galleries displaying artefacts from pre-history to present day, groups can enjoy a full day’s visit. There are also three exhibition spaces which have a changing programme of exhibition and events throughout the year, so organisers should check the website before booking their trip.

3. National Parks

Fancy getting out into some beautiful countryside? Devon has two National Park as well as copious amounts of walkable areas, footpaths, gardens and more. The Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks provide plenty of inspiration when it comes to exploring and rambling groups will enjoy the dramatic scenery and granite tors.

4. Tiverton Canal Co

The Grand Western Canal is said to be home to the last horse drawn barges in Great Britain and the Tiverton Canal Co houses a Canal Living Heritage Visitor Attraction for groups to gain insight into its history. You can also take a ride on a barge or privately hire one for your group, although there is a cost for this. You can also grab a bite to eat or enjoy some of the many events and festivals that are held there each year.

5. Exeter City Wall Trail

For a self-guided visit, groups can enjoy the Exeter City Wall Trail. You can pick up a free leaflet at the Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets centre which will tell you the history of the City Wall. Some of the older parts of the wall are thought to be around 2,000 years old and groups can explore this as they follow the trails, which include quizzes and puzzles for younger members too.

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