History and Heritage Days Out in Devon - Devon's Top Attractions

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If you’re someone who enjoys history and heritage days out in Devon then we’ve got lots to engage and enthral. Devon’s distinct identity has evolved from a history going back many millennia, plus a rich traditional culture which still lives and breathes through the sites and scenery found throughout the county today.

You can discover this rich history by exploring museums, historic houses, castles, caves and even mines – just read on to find out more.

History and heritage days out in Devon

Check out some of these fascinating buildings, locations and attractions …

  • Morwellham Quay, a Victorian village set around a copper mine, that comes to life with hands-on activities and interactive talks by costumed guides – see our blog
  • Exeter Cathedral, which dates from the early 12th century. See what remains of the Norman Cathedral, enjoy the beautiful Gothic building as it stands today, and marvel at this wonderful resource of art, craft, symbolism and architectural detail that is a jewel in the heritage crown of Devon
  • Torre Abbey, a museum of history and art housed in an Ancient Scheduled Monument established in 1196, with beautiful and award winning gardens
  • Killerton, a fine 18th-century house and great estate with a glorious landscape garden surrounded by parkland
  • Buckland Abbey, which has gone from peaceful Cistercian Abbey, through dissolution and restoration, to the fascinating house it is today
  • Canonteign Falls, where 90 original Victorian steps lead up through a Victorian fern garden to the top of the falls itself, where you’ll find breathtaking panoramic views

Please scroll down for many more!

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Buskfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey

Since time immemorial, deer have been drawn to graze in the sheltered meadows which line the banks of the river…

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Buckfast Abbey

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle lies in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the River Exe, just a stone’s throw from…

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Powderham Castle
Torre Abbey Building

Torre Abbey

Established in 1196, Torre Abbey is a museum of history and art housed in an Ancient Scheduled Monument with beautiful…

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Torre Abbey
Wildwood Escot animal

Wildwood Escot

Amazing Animals, magnificent Maze, outdoor Adventure Play, indoor Soft Play, terrific Traversing Walls, heart-stopping Drop-Slide, 40 Meter Zip Line, authentic…

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Roof conservation project at Castle Drogo, Devon

Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo is currently undergoing a 6 year conservation project to make it watertight. The inside of the castle has…

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Castle Drogo

Seaton Tramway

Discover East Devon’s glorious Axe Valley from the top deck of a heritage tram. Journey from Seaton, gateway town to the…

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Seaton Tramway