If your dog could dream up a dog friendly holiday, chances are they’ve been dreaming up Devon. Devon offers freedom and fun and is without a doubt one of the top UK destinations.
While there is plenty going on in this beautiful place, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which attractions are dog friendly. Luckily for you, we’ve got the full scoop. From Dartmouth, to Torquay and all bits in-between. Here’s our guide on finding dog friendly attractions in South Devon.
Railway and River Cruises
If you’re looking for unique transport experiences, well you’re in luck. There’s plenty to enjoy in this part of the UK.
On the other side of the track, you can find the Dartmouth Railway and River Cruises. Here you can find a range of different routes and transport to enjoy. Whether its a steam train ride from Paignton and Kingswear, a boat trip along the River Dart from Dartmouth to Totnes – or a combination of the both!
Heading over to Babbacombe? Then we recommend taking a ride on the Babbacombe Cliff Railway. A small track connecting Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach.
A multi-award winning, and cherished attraction in the local area. Here you can hop on a steam train that runs between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. We recommend getting a return ticket to Totnes, so you can take a stroll up to Totnes Castle and back. Grab some food at the Dartmouth Inn for a tail-wagging welcoming pub.
Fancy getting closer to the water? How about a water-sports adventure with Singing Paddles. Here you can hop in a canoe, filled with gorgeous views along route. These tours run around Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Dogs are welcome on the Singing Paddles for free.
From trains to trams. The Seaton Tramway is a great day out where you can step back in time. Dogs can ride on the lower decks of all our trams, and they have plenty of dogs bowls to keep them refreshed after a day of riding the trams.
If you’re visiting Dartmouth, then it’s definitely worth hopping on the Dittisham Ferry to the gorgeous harbour town of Dittisham. On the other side, you can find a small dog friendly pub called the Ferry Boat where dogs are loved. Perfect way to spend the afternoon.
Museums and Castles
This castle features a classic Norman motte and bailey castle, with sweeping views across the town rooftops to the River Dart. Dogs are welcome throughout and can even join you as you climb your way to the top. Other dog friendly castles in South Devon include Dartmouth Castle, Berry Pomeroy Castle and Powderham Castle.
Looking for a museum to give you all the historical vibes? Check out Bygones This is a three-story museum of Victorian British history with street scenes, wartime curiosities and vintage amusements! Dogs are loved at Bygones and welcomed throughout.
Another place we would recommend is The Golden Hind, a full-size replica of the first ship to sail around the globe. They only allow small dogs in this museum, due to it being such a small place.
If you’re looking for attractions that are more family friendly, we would suggest visiting Babbacombe model village, or if you’re looking for something a little more roarsome try the Dinosaur World in Torquay.
House of Marbles
We would recommend visiting this place around breakfast or lunchtime to tie-in a bite to eat. Not only does it feature an amazing shop (with plenty of dreamy marbles), but a museum dedicated to marbles, displays on how they’re made, and big marble displays. You can also find a pottery museum here. Great way to keep the family entertained for a couple of hours.
The Donkey Sanctuary is a great place to visit for family members, whether they’re humans or dogs. Found in a tranquil corner of the Jurassic Coast near Sidmouth. Hundreds of Donkeys call this place home. It’s free to visit and a great place to spend quality time with the dogs. With activities, trails and talks there’s so much to explore!
Looking for something with a bit more variety? Check out Becky Falls. Not only does this place have a breathtaking waterfall, but there’s a small zoo of animals on-site, including Meerkats, Polecats, Chinchillas, Chipmunks, Rabbits and more. Dogs are allowed everywhere except inside the Animal Petting area and Animal Discovery Zone.
Devon Sea Safari
Take to the coast to spy some spectacular coastal animals with the Devon Sea Safari. They have different voyages, with trips between 1-2 hours long, giving you the opportunity to spot Seals, Dolphins and Porpoises, as well as breathtaking birdies. Well behaved dogs are always welcome onboard!
This lovely destination is bursting with places to walk. From stunning manor houses to strolls by the sea. It wouldn’t be a guide to South Devon if we didn’t recommend the former home of Agatha Christie, the Greenway House. It is only the woodland and walled gardens that are dog friendly, but you’ll also find a dog friendly shop and cafe on-site.
Another National Trust property that’s worth mentioning is the Coleton Fishacre. Again dogs are only welcome in the gardens, but the gardens are filled with beautiful subtropical plans, and a breathtaking valley that winds down to the sea.
Saltram Grounds is also another great place to visit. A Georgian mansion surrounded by woodlands and riverside walks. There’s plenty of play areas for the kids, and plenty of pretty views for the humans.
River Dart Country Park
For a day bursting of adventures, we would recommend heading to the River Dart Country Park. There’s plenty to see and do here, especially for families. Here you can enjoy stunning views from the treetops, enjoy plenty of play areas, test your skills on the agility trail and more. There’s even a campsite if you’re not quite ready to end the day!
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