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Things to Do on Dartmoor

See also our Activities Blog - cycling, canoeing, walking, fishing and riding; it's all here on Dartmoor.

  • HOF GALLERY showcases some of the best Art & Crafts Northlew has to offer- Photography, Ceramics, Paintings, Feltwork & Cards
  • British Native Ponies at Tor Royal Princetown - 8 of our 9 British Native ponies in one place, their history, tradition and future - We may even have a foal or two! Open 10.30 am - 4pm Easter to mid September
  • Open this year from 23rd May to early September, this is the largest outdoor, freshwater swimming pool in Devon. The temperature of the water is maintained with solar pool covers. It is just 10 minutes walk from Chagford town centre and a few minutes drive from the A30. There is a small tea hut with snacks and Lifeguards always in attendance. There is a special pool for babies and young children and all children under 9 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Please be sure to check the pool's website for admission fees and opening times.
  • With a national park as large as Dartmoor with so much to learn and enjoy, you may prefer, as many visitors do, to walk the moors in the company of a knowledgable guide who can explain the moorland in as much detail as you want. Our expert guides run a vast range of activities all across the moors and beyond. Join us and find out why the only way to really discover the real Dartmoor is to join the Moorland Guides on one of our walks.
  • World of Country Life is Devon’s GOLD award winning family day out, whatever the weather! There are over 2 acres indoors with loads to do: crawl through the themed soft play areas, whizz round the mini electric go kart track, get up close to the animals in the nursery and petting centre, climb aboard the good ship Lady Suzannah in the pirate ship play area while mum and dad have a rest in the indoor beach hut, tuck into some tasty home cooked food in the brand new themed restaurant, watch the daily ferret racing show in the Barnyard Theatre, explore the past in the museum of farm machinery, take a trip down memory lane in the Victorian street, cruise around the south west’s largest collection of vintage vehicles in the Hall of Transport (and see vehicles that have appeared on TV in Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge and Parade’s End) and view the famous Reg Imray motorcycle collection. There’s so much fun, come rain or shine: can you do it all in a day?!
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  • Small groups, a relaxed and leisurely walking pace with a guide who has lived and worked in the area for twenty years. Dartmoor Nature Tours offer wildlife walks and tours to suit individual customer requirements.
  • Torquay’s Dinosaur World, on Torquay’s inner harbour side, is the only exhibition of its kind in the south west. Full of amazing creatures, such as the terrifying T Rex, and the cute Triceratops, with fascinating fossils to discover, fun quizzes and dinosaurs to sit on our indoor exhibition brings dinosaurs and their worlds to life!
  • The BIG Sheep is one of Devon's family all weather top attractions who is probably best known for racing sheep! A day out at the attraction will have the whole family experiencing great fun! There's cute and cuddly animals to meet, feed and fall in love with. Hilarious animal shows to entertain the whole family and have you laughing out loud at the showmens witty jokes and antics!
  • Enjoy Two 235m Zip Wires with Views over Dartmoor National Park. Go Ape’s first Tree Top Adventure in the South West. One of the best days out in Devon, if you’re looking for adventure activities near Exeter then you’ll enjoy an incredible 235m zip wire flying you from hilltop to hilltop followed by another (…just 15 minutes from Exeter)!
  • ‘The Garden House’ is owned and administered by the Fortescue Garden Trust, an independent charity. Discover one of the most romantic gardens in England – lift your spirits, gain ideas or simply relax! Discover stunning vistas and hidden treasures around every corner in this plantsman’s paradise! Enjoy great food in the Tearoom and select from a wide range of quality plants in Plant Sales … and children will love the ‘Find the Animal Trail’! A wonderful day out for all the family.
  • Ideal day out for the family, whatever the season. If you want to see the very best of Dartmoor, Dartmoor Safari's vehicles are ideally suited to the smaller roads that coaches can't access. Your knowledgeable local guide will show you the sites that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and introduce you to the beautiful Dartmoor ponies. Enjoy true exploration of the wild landscape and historic villages while your driver regales you with stories of witchcraft and mythical creatures. Please wear sensible walking shoes, warm and weatherproof outer clothing and don't forget your camera! Tours start at 09:00 and usually finish around 17:00
  • Moretonhampstead Motor Museum is home to a collection of over 120 vintage and classic vehicles including cars, motorcycles and light commercials from pre-1920s to the 1990s, plus motoring artefacts and automobilia. It is a great all-weather attraction
  • Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is a fantastic day out! A family owned attraction, Totnes Rare Breeds is small enough to provide a friendly and personal service, but with enough to keep its visitors occupied and happy all day. Visit now and see the new born baby lambs.
  • Devon Cycle Hire is situated right on the Granite Way trail, between two viaducts. Hire a bike and cycle the beautiful, breathtaking, off road purpose built trail. FREE ICE CREAM if you print and take our discount voucher
  • Dartmoor Zoo is the zoo that the Hollywood film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannson is based upon. in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside and a fantastic collection of animals, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique family day out in the beautiful South Hams of Devon. Immerse yourself in a fun day out with the kids: see the big cats feed, hear the wolves howl and feel the snakes wriggle through your fingers in Close Encounters. Follow the daily timetable of events including public talks at feeding times and animal encounters, with falconry displays and kids activities during the holidays such as quiz-trails and face-painting. And when you need a rest, visit the Jaguar Restaurant for a freshly prepared lunch or a hot drink and delicious cake made right here on site.
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  • Experience Dartmoor with a unique tour from the luxury of a 6-seater Land Rover. Tich your local guide will take you to some of the hidden treasures of Dartmoor in the comfort of a deluxe Land Rover. There will be chances to stop at some of the local beauty spots and perhaps purchase a few local gifts and produce
  • Impressive Dartmoor Waterfall and woodland walks with quiz trail and letterboxing challenge for children.Cafeteria and picnics in the park. Boulders to clamber on. Craft shop and gift shop. Help feed the animals. Demonstrations and introductions to animals including the boa constrictor !!! DISCOUNT VOUCHER available on the voucher page
  • Cycle Hire is now available at Fox Tor Cafe, only £18.50 per adult per day, with the bonus of being able to get a hot drink (or something stronger) and a meal when you return from your bracing cycle!
  • 2-day guided walk across Dartmoor
  • Cholwell Riding Stables at Mary Tavy, situated between Okehampton and Tavistock and with direct access to rides across Dartmoor. Novice and experienced riders taken, qualified tuition, hard hats. Experienced escorts open all year. 1 hour ride £22, 90 minutes ride £31 and a 2 hour ride is £40.
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