South Devon Attractions

Delightful Devon Spots - something for everyone

Below are some helpful links for you to many local attractions you can visit whilst staying at Heron Cottage


Coleton Fishacre

With a climate as mild as South Cornwall created by the great trees sheltering this garden in a coastal valley, exotic and tender plants thrive in Coleton Fishacre garden. From formal terraces to woodland to explore, this garden is varied and filled with year-round interest, and one of the few National Trust gardens to be RHS accredited.

Stover Country Park

The Park contains 114 acres of woodland, lake and marsh, heathland, grassland and a substantial variety of wildlife. It is also designated as a dragonfly hotspot by the British Dragonfly Society.
Recreation resources include interpretation boards, an aerial walkway, a bird hide, walking routes, a car park and picnic areas.

Teignmouth to Dawlish Railway Walk

A walk along the South Devon Railway Sea Wall, Britain's most photographed stretch of railway line, with great views over Dawlish and a stroll through Teignmouth's Eastcliff Park. Walk along the sea wall, beside the railway, and go through the tunnel with rock formations. Look out for migrant birds at the mouth of the Teign in spring and autumn.

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin with a colourful history of intrigue.
Within the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours, intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon.
Ideal for walkers who can explore the nearby beautiful woodland or you can enjoy a light lunch, home made cake or restorative cup of tea in the cafe.

Newton Abbot Race Course

In the heart of Devon, where the sun shines bright and the air is fresh, lies Newton Abbot Racecourse. This truly independent little racecourse punches well above its weight.
Nestling in a valley at the edge of historic Newton Abbot, the racecourse is impeccably presented, with friendly staff and a smiling face. The food and drink is the stuff of legend, with South West suppliers and delicious local produce, a day at Newton Abbot is a delight for young and old.

Sharpham Wine & Cheese

Situated on the banks of the River Dart near Totnes in South Devon, Sandridge Barton Wines may appear to be a new face on the rapidly expanding UK wine scene, but the Devon based vineyard and winery has four decades of history and wine making knowledge and experience. The name Sandridge Barton marks a new era for the celebrated Dart Valley winery, Sharpham Wine, moving across the river Dart to the new state of the art winery, visitor center café, Sandridge Barton vineyard which has been producing grapes for Sharpham Wine for over a decade.


Dainton Park Golf Course

The most welcoming golf club in Devon!
We opened our doors in the early 90s to anyone wishing to enjoy a social, healthy lifestyle in the heart of Devon. Working hard to break down the barriers within the traditional golfing world to encourage greater participation, we also like to welcome the local community and Devon holiday makers alike for golf, driving range practice, fresh food, drinks, fitness. 

Dartmoor Whisky Distillery

Dartmoor Whisky Distillery invites you to come and visit Devon’s only whisky distillery and learn how single malt whisky is made, from barley field to nosing glass in our Whisky Tasting Experience.
This tasting experience is the perfect afternoon activity for any whisky lover, a group of friends or family visiting the area, a birthday or celebration, or would make an amazing gift any time of the year.

Shaldon Wildlife Trust & Zoo

Shaldon Zoo look after, and help preserve, some of the rarest and most endangered animals in the world. Set in an acre of peaceful woodland gardens on the Ness headland, just above the beautiful fishing village of Shaldon. The Zoo offers a tranquil setting and benefits from ample council run parking on their doorstep.

South Devon Railway

The multi-award winning South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west, celebrating over 50 years in preservation. 
The SDR is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. We run steam trains with heritage rolling stock and offer a wonderful all day, all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

Dartmouth Steam Railway & Riverboat

Our best seller, this famous and award winning tour is the best way to explore South Devon! Includes steam train, river boat and bus visiting the quaint towns of Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes.
Journey times are: steam train (c.25-30 minutes), a river boat (c.90 minutes) and a bus (c.30 minutes). Sit back and enjoy the scenery and we will take care of the rest. This award-winning ticket is a favourite with both young and old. Commentary provided (boat trip only).

Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor welcomes all visitors to enjoy the beauty.. 
Discovering or rediscovering nature and wildlife has played a big part of many people’s lockdown life. Leave no trace. Give nature space.
Wide, spectacular open vistas are a Dartmoor specialty but there is so much more to do here! Whether it’s a gentle stroll, an exhilarating mountain bike ride or a visit to a castle - discover walking options, activities and places on your Dartmoor doorstep.