Don't Miss Out! 12 Free Things to Do in Devon Today!
Don't Miss Out! 12 Free Things to Do in Devon Today!
Do you want to experience Devon without spending a fortune? Are you looking for exciting, cost-free activities that will take your breath away? Look no further - Devon has countless attractions and experiences waiting to be discovered. From exploring stunning coastal trails and strolling over gorgeous clifftops, to visiting inspiring art galleries and immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture of this dynamic region, there are plenty of ways to enjoy an amazing stay here - absolutely free! Let us show you the best completely free things to do in Devon – whether you’re here for a day trip or a longer adventure.
In this blog post we list:
- The best places to visit for no charge at all
- Show all places on an interactive map to help you locate each place easily.
Devon has many options for places to visit for free on your trip to the southwest county. You could learn about the British wartime history at the Brixham Battery Heritage Centre, walk around the Lavender Garden at Buckfast Abbey, or take in the spectacular sea views at Baggy Point. Click on each name to be taken straight to the blog post for that place.
Updated and correct as of 13/11/23.
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Museums and Galleries
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
At the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter, make sure to explore a journey of discovery like no other. From pre-historic objects and animals, birds & insects that will amaze all ages of visitors - to incredible galleries displaying stunning artefacts from right around the globe; you'll be captivated by all it has on offer! With world-class collections and inspiring programs designed to get us thinking about our future – this is truly an experience not worth missing out on.
Brixham Heritage Museum
The Brixham Heritage Museum offers an engaging experience for all ages. Located inside a former police station in town, this museum has been home to numerous displays dedicated to showcasing local histories and cultures from around the world since 1958 - particularly those relating to the area's renowned fishing industry. Immerse yourself among Victorian parlours and nurseries, railway models, and archaeological gems found at Berry Head Fort!
Brixham Battery Heritage Centre
Brixham Battery is a rare reminder of times gone by – one of only seven Emergency Batteries still standing from 1940. Set in gardens overlooking Torbay, this 14-acre site houses the bunkers first used over 400 years ago when England and Spain were at war! A charming museum has been created with artifacts donated by members of the local community to provide insight into its history. Get an up-close look today for a unique glimpse through time!
Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
Discover the captivating tales and remarkable heritage of the county at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon! Boasting 12 inspiring galleries, a dynamic program full of exciting events year-round, an assortment to browse in the shop, as well as Bromley's Tea Room for all your refreshment needs - it is surely not one to be missed.
The Box Plymouth
The Box is Plymouth's new cultural hub situated in the heart of the city and open since 2020. With nine permanent galleries featuring an incredible array of artworks and artefacts from local collections spanning centuries – alongside innovative new commissions courtesy of contemporary artists - you're sure to discover something remarkable every visit. From a detailed look at Plymouth’s fascinating past right through to its dynamic present-day culture; there really isn't anything quite like it anywhere else!
Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum
From the earliest roots of Newton's history to its present day, come explore the fascinating stories now tucked away in the hallowed walls of Newton's Place - an ornate nineteenth-century church that houses the Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum. Uncover tales from World War I and II, discover John Lethbridge: one man’s incredible journey as an 18th century salvage diver, marvel at exquisite 16th-century Sandford Orleigh carvings – or wander amongst historic displays relating to trade and industry. Get up close with accounts rooted in Notable Lives while peering through awesome Great Western Railway relics!
History and Culture
Located close to the stunning Dartmoor National Park, Buckfast Abbey is a tranquil area steeped in history. Established by King Canute over 1000 years ago, this former Catholic monastery was one of many dissolved during Henry VIII's reign and has since become an incredibly popular tourist attraction. With its award-winning Millennium Gardens featuring 50 varieties of lavender alongside other fascinating areas such as The Sensory Garden or Physic Gardens; visitors can enjoy a truly inspirational day out surrounded by nature.
Lydford Castle and Saxon Town
Situated on the edge of Dartmoor, Lydford Castle is a fascinating study of ancient architecture. From its Norman earthwork to more recent fortifications like the 13th-century prison tower, this spot contains evidence of an eventful past stretching back to Anglo-Saxon times. Take a walk through and you can trace out outlines from Saxon days and compare them with their successors; it's an opportunity not to be missed by history lovers!
Walks and Nature Trails
Situated on the stunning north coast of Devon, Woolacombe Beach is not to be missed. Boasting three glorious miles of golden sand surrounded by rolling dunes and sweeping headlands – all backed up with a lively village full of pubs, restaurants, and places to stay - it's no surprise that this award-winning beach has been christened Britain’s best on many occasions! Whether you're looking for an unforgettable family holiday or hoping to catch some waves while walking the South West Coast Path; why look any further than Woolacombe?
Berry Head National Nature Reserve
Embark on a breathtaking journey to Berry Head National Nature Reserve – an awe-inspiring headland with its iconic lighthouse and Napoleonic Fort. This haven is surrounded by water on three sides, offering unparalleled views of Torbay's beautiful coastline. Here you can explore 170 acres of diverse habitats teeming with wildlife, discover fascinating history, or simply sit back and marvel at the sea vista - one of life's most peaceful pleasures! With walking trails for all levels in this picturesque setting just a short drive from Brixham harbour town; it’s guaranteed to be your day out spot not soon forgotten!
Immerse yourself in the beautiful landscape of Dartmoor National Park at Burrator Reservoir. Enjoy tranquil waters and lush mixed woodland as a contrast to sweeping open moorland and rocky tors. Go for an adventure-filled day in nature, complete with walks around picturesque ruins of old tin workings and remnants of Princetown Railway; or relax while taking in spectacular views of the calm water and stunning scenery!
If you’re looking for a short walk that has it all—breathtaking coastal views, wildflowers in bloom, and the opportunity to catch glimpses of diverse bird species- then this circular hike around Baggy Point is perfect for you. Designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) by the European Union due to its unique geological features, take some time to see the old wreck post and whale bones washed up on shore! Springtime brings with it beautiful blooms adorning gorse bushes while autumn sees flocks of migrant birds gather nearby!
Use the map below to locate all the places mentioned to create an itinerary for your trip.
Open Google Maps to see distance information between locations and directions on how to get to each place.
All outdoor activities including walking involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!