Planning a family holiday to South Devon

On Monday, my lovely friend Andrea and I will take our little ladies on a short break to Devon and it will be my very first holiday within the UK. Can you believe it? Having grown up in Germany, I have spent all my holidays there or abroad, so to discover a new area of the UK, even if it’s not terribly far away from Bristol will be great fun. Plus, it won’t involve any hectic trips to the airport and flying with a toddler who’d rather discover her surroundings than be tied to a chair for 2 hours.

Let’s face it, traveling with kids can be stressful, but when you have a master plan, things become a lot less hectic, so I thought I’d share with you some tips for planning a holiday to South Devon with tips from finding the perfect accommodation to family-friendly restaurants and things to do with kids in Devon.

Where to stay with kids in South Devon

where to stay with kids in south devon

Hotels can be a great option when you are staying away overnight, but when traveling with kids, I find cottages more so much more practical. You are more independent, don’t have to stick to set breakfast and dinner times and most of all, you have more space and don’t get on each others’ nerves while trying to find some peace and quiet in a 4X4m hotel room. Check out Coast & Country Cottages online or get in touch with the local tourist information centre for family-friendly options such as youth hostels (which have family rooms), caravan sites and more.

Where to eat with kids in South Devon

where to eat with kids in south devon

The South of Devon is a region of the UK that is popular with tourists, so most restaurants will be prepared for lunch or dinner guests with kids but there some restaurants in Exeter, Plymouth or Torquay that are going the extra mile for their little costumers.

Dingles of Plymouth has beautiful children’s area with toys for little ones, big armchairs that make breastfeeding extra comfy as well as bottle warming facilities and microwave for your use.

If you are in Exeter or Torquay, pop into Tiger Bills for some a fusion of popular Eastern and Western foods. The restaurant has been accredited by Child Friendly Matters and has a fantastic children’s menu. Activity sheets and baby changing facilities, as well as fantastic customer service, make this small franchise a favourite of families in South Devon.

Go off the beaten track to discover hidden gems like The Crab Shack in Teignmouth and enjoy their roasted crab claws or one their massive sea food platters while looking over the back beach.

What to do with kids in South Devon

things to do with kids in south devon rock pooling crabbing

South Devon is full of amazing places that just wait to be discovered by little and not so little visitors and the best thing is that a lot of them are completely for free.

Visit the Berry Head National Nature Reserve and spot dolphins and seals. Have a day of fun at Woodlands Family Theme Park. Build sand castles on the beach or go crabbing in shallow rock pools. You can even go night prawn fishing in Dawlish!

I know that Amy would absolutely love all of these activities as she loves being out in the nature and South Devon has plenty of it on offer, but to be sure that you are prepared for all eventualities (read: the British weather), it’s wise to have a back-up plan up your sleeve.

Rainy day activities that are fun for young and old visitors to South Devon are just as easily available as those for days with blue skies and sunshine. Walk through the Smugglers Tunnel in Shaldon and discover what lies on the other side, go for a ride with the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company or visit Sharpham Vineyard and Cheese Dairy to see how wine and cheese are produced first hand.

For more ideas, opening times and lots of information about all the things going on in South Devon, check out the Visit South Devon website which also has a great list of 50 completely free activities for all the family that you can print out and tick off as you explore one of the UK’s most beautiful regions.


This is my entry into the Perfect Holiday Blogger Competition with Coast & Country Cottages. I hope you found my tips helpful and feel inspired to go on a holiday on your doorstep. There’s so much to discover! 


  1. says

    Hurrah for Devon! Don’t forget to have fish and chips on the harbour side at Brixham. A cream tea in my local town of Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor is also worth a look. And if you like all things vintage and antique then head over to Ashburton for a morning of shopping! xx
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