Many wonderful private houses, gardens and National Trust properties are open to the public in the Devon and Dorset area. We are happy to arrange transport and packed lunches should you wish to enjoy a day away.

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

A historical observatory in Sidmouth home to  an active amateur astronomical society.  It is a centre for amateur astronomy, meteorology, radio astronomy, and the promotion of science education.The observatory is regularly open to the public, staffed entirely by volunteers, and each August hosts the South West Astronomy Fair. Visit here for  opening times and astronomy courses, and also the news about what is happening.


Bicton Park

Spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent gardens are set in East Devon’s picturesque Otter Valley, between the ancient city of Exeter and southwest England’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Visit Website


Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. More than 900 years of history and romance are encapsulated in this elegant former Cistercian monastery and its 30 acres of exquisite award winning gardens. Visit Website


Abbotsbury Swannery, Tropical Gardens & Children’s Barn

Swannery – Previously voted Best Dorset Attraction by The Good Guide to Britain. Do not miss the mass feeding of up to 600 swans at 12pm & 4pm daily.

Tropical Gardens – Voted “Our Favouite Garden” by the readers of The Daily Telegraph in 2006. Runner-up in the peoples’ vote for the best major display garden at The Chelsea Flower Show, May 2006.

Children’s Barn – A great place for the under 11’s. Bottle feed the baby goats am and pm, cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the toy tracors and have endless fun in the undercover soft play area. Visit website


Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley. Visit Website


Sea Life Weymouth

Close encounters with everything from seahorses and starfish to seals and otters. Visit Website


Land Rover Experience

One of only nine Land Rover approved centres across the UK. You’ll climb muddy inclines, tackle different surfaces and get to grips with a range of off-road conditions. Visit Website


Pecorama

One of Devon’s leading visitor attractions located high on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer, PECORAMA is home to the famous PECO Model Railway Exhibition and the Beer Heights Light Railway.  Visit Website


Escot Park

A beautiful stately home within a traditional Devon rural estate, set in 12,000 acres of stunning East Devon countryside just outside Exeter.  Visit Website


Eden Project

The Eden Project is a large-scale environmental complex. The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit, located 1.25 miles (2 km) from the town of St Blazey and 3 miles (5 km) from the larger town of St Austell. Visit Website


Longleat

Set within 900 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland, Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public. Visit Website


Pennywell

Multi award winning Farm Activity Park… the biggest in the South West! There’s lots to do and see for the whole family. Visit Website