Dartmoor Zoological Park is a 30-acre zoological garden located near the village of Sparkwell, on the south-west edge of Dartmoor. It was the subject of the book and hollywood film We Bought a Zoo, which has gained the Zoo world wide fame. However the personal charm and up-close feel to the whole park has not disappeared.
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The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is the Nation’s largest aquarium as well as being a charity organisation, and as such has an extremely exciting and prevalent role to play in driving marine conservation. Alongside the tourist attraction they run learning programmes for more than 30,000 children each year, have a consultancy branch and host events from weddings to birthdays and corporate functions as well. While you’re on holiday in South Devon, however, you will be more interested to know that this underwater world of discovery has the largest native exhibition in the UK exploring all the fish you have heard of and rarer varieties as well. In addition to British beauties there’s an Atlantic Ocean tank with large Nurse Sharks, sand tiger sharks and lemon sharks as well as ray and clownfish. The Aquarium has a café on site, is open daily, and has a variety of ticket types available for families, students and senior citizens.
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Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido is an attraction not to be missed. Open during the Summer months this fantastic outdoor salt water swimming pool offers beautiful surroundings in which to swim, sunbathe and watch the world go by.
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A warm and cosy family-friendly pub just a short distance from Wembury beach, with two bars and a restaurant serving an extensive menu including good Sunday roasts. Outside there is a large sunny decked area with tables and a kids play area.
The Odd Wheel Knighton Road, Wembury PL9 0JD (T: 01752 863052)
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We have visited this pub on numerous occasions, for lunch. It is a very dog friendly pub, with dogs only allowed in the lounge bar/beer garden. The menu is varied. The portions are excellent. The food is very tasty and generous. The staff are polite and efficient. The beers are well kept. There is a decent size car park at the back/side. There is also a decent size beer garden - which was a lovely sun trap.
Nice pub, a tiring walk from Heybrook Bay especially in the heat. Good menu and dog friendly Shame it is not near the coast as would have visited more
We loved this pub, the landlady and regulars were absolutely lovely to us, so friendly and caring. the landlady even helped us when our car broke down by letting us use their phone to call the RAC and drove my husband to meet the mechanic. Even my 14 year old son loved it as the locals and the landlady would entertain him by playing darts. The food is outstanding well worth the visits they made our holiday.
A stunning 16th century manor house hotel, with bar and award winning restaurant open to non- residents for lunch, dinner and high tea. All meals are beautifully presented and served either in the candlelit restaurant or less formal brasserie.
Langdon Court Hotel & Restaurant Adam’s Lane, Down Thomas, Plymouth PL9 0DY
A friendly National Trust owned café with lovely views over Wembury beach. A great spot to enjoy a coffee, ice cream or light meal after a walk along the coast of during a day spent at the beach.
The Old Mill Café Church Road, Wembury PL9 0HP (T: 01752 863280)
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Fabulous and well priced cafe offering a variety of hot and cold food Cream teas are amazing!
Great location by a lovely beach. Friendly staff willing to make fresh sandwiches.
Perfect place for afternoon tea.
Lovely little café, we loved sitting outside with our coffee and pasty watching everyone enjoying themselves on the beach. highly recommended. August 17
This lovely cafe has a great position overlooking the beach. Nice food and good coffee.
One of South Devon’s quieter beaches, Mothecombe is a large and unspoiled, privately owned stretch of sand that’s open every day, all year round. Having won an award from the Marine Conservation Society for its clean sea and sand, you can be assured that relaxing here and pottering about in the water is going to be a happy, healthy and pleasant experience for all in this sheltered corner of Devon. For those wanting to try out water sports, Mothecombe offers the ideal conditions for windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding and generally enjoying the water, particularly for beginners as it’s a comparatively gentle environment in which to give it a go. Given its pristine nature, it will probably come as no surprise that dogs are not allowed on the beach in high season, so keep an eye out for signs for more information, but best to steer clear with furry friends from May to September. There is a car park from which you can access the beach down a narrow path, so it’s not ideal for wheelchair users, but is otherwise conveniently close by. There’s also a tea house in the car park for drinks and snacks and there are toilets nearby as well, so pending the tides you can spend a good day here enjoying the natural scenery and all the fun that it brings with it, whether that’s for the whole family, on a romantic afternoon in the summer sun, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of this less populated park of the coastline.
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Lovely beach but cafe was being renovated and we were gasping for a cuppa
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Glorious beach at the mouth of the Erme. Narrow lanes and very limited parking. No toilets, cafes etc - wonderful! Turning circle for cars just before the beach but expect to have to reverse back up the access lane to allow cars that are leaving to go back. A nightmare on Bank Holidays - parking almost impossible and expect to have to negotiate very tight spaces.
Lovely beach but bit of a trek for little ones
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Parked in the NT car park at Ringmore and took the 15 min walk down to the beach. Saw a beautiful sunset and had the place to ourselves. Bliss
What a fantastic place. So quiet - we had the whole beach to ourselves a lot of the time. Our dogs loved it.
A lovely quiet cove, with excellent rock pools at low tide. No sand but the kids enjoy it as an alternative to the massive sandy beaches at Bigbury and Bantham.
stunning little beach, very quiet and great for snorkelling
Beautiful cove. Very quiet with lots of bird life.
Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.
Simply stunning and well worth the steep (ish) walk down from the National Trust car park at Ringmore. When there - it's hard to imagine the horrors of today's modern world.
Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
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Glorious especially at low tide.
Best beach in the South Hams.
Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.