We have many nearby interesting and fun places to visit. Many are great to entertain children or to learn more about the fascinating history or geology of the area
Axminster Wildlife Park
We are a small and friendly zoo situated in the beautiful countryside of the Axe Valley in East Devon. We are just a stone’s throw away from the Jurassic coastline of Lyme Regis off the A35.
Our small zoo is an excellent day out for families and we pride ourselves on being child-friendly! We believe that any age group will love our animals, however, we are primarily aimed at families with children under 12 years of age.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park
We aim to deliver as close to the gold standard experience our visitors enjoyed and loved pre-Covid, albeit with some safety measures still in place to protect our staff, volunteers, donkeys and visitors.
The Kitchen, Gift Shop and more of the indoor attractions are open, as well as all the walkways around the sanctuary providing plenty of opportunities to interact with the resident donkeys.
The Donkey Sanctuary
Beer Quarry Caves
Our guides will take you on an hour long tour through the vast man-made complex of underground caverns with their mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer Stone which have been likened to a vast underground cathedral.
See for yourself the methods used to quarry and deliver the huge blocks of stone, the working conditions, the hardships endured and the dangers faced daily by the work-force using only the light from a flickering tallow candle and you may never again see a famous building with the same eyes.
The caves are cool so please bring warm clothing and it’s best to arrive at least 10 mins before the tours start.
Beer Quarry Caves
Charmouth Fossil Centre
Visit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach.
Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
With free entry to the Centre, come and meet the Charmouth dinosaur and explore the past and present of this incredible coastline.
The incredible ichthyosaur that starred in the BBC documentary ‘Attenborough and the Sea Dragon’ is now on display at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre for all to see and learn about this unique fossil. The ichthyosaur was discovered by local collector Chris Moore who has loaned the Sea Dragon to the Centre for a year. The Centre has free entry and is on the beach at Charmouth, one of the best and safest areas to collect fossils on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Charmouth Fossil Centre
Bicton Botanical Gardens
Over 64 acres to explore "A delight for gardeners" Spanning nearly 300years of gardening history, the park is home to many rare and beautiful species, collected from around the world. The Palm House is made from over 18,000 panes of glass (built 20yrs before The Kew Gardens Palm House) hosting many Palms. Tropical House, Arid House, Temperate house. Enjoy your coffee / lunch overlooking the Italian Garden. Explore the arboretum and while away time in the bird hide Ride the Bicton Woodland railway for an oversight of the park (suitable for wheelchairs) The countryside museum containing a huge collection of bygone days.... And for the children indoor and outdoor play areas, crazy golf, Astro turf football pitch, ride the pedal tractors all to add to the fun (Please note play areas are only open to children between the ages of 0 to 12 yrs)
The great rocky shoulder of Golden Cap offers magnificent views at every compass point. On a clear day you can see across Lyme Bay to Dartmoor - well worth the effort of the walk uphill.
Stonebarrow Hill is a great starting point for 25 miles of footpaths around the Golden Cap estate. An old radar station houses a National Trust information point, shop (cash only), toilets and a basecamp.
An all-ability circular trail takes you through the woodlands of Langdon Hill Wood. Rich in wildlife, they are home to large numbers of 'blue' butterfly in summer and many different fungi in autumn.
Finally, high on the cliffs you'll find the ancient Thorncombe Beacon. It was one of a series dotted along the English coast as part of an early warning system guarding against foreign invasion. Enjoy the spectacular views east to Bridport and Chesil Beach.
PECORAMA is one of East Devon’s leading tourist attractions, set high on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer. Visitors can expect a great day out for all the family, enjoying beautiful themed gardens with stunning sea views; home-made food and a selection of refreshments from our outside kiosk and, of course, rides on the award-winning Beer Heights Light Railway where a fleet of miniature steam locomotives pull passenger- carrying trains on a mile long route through the grounds, over bridges, through steep-sided cuttings and a long, dark tunnel! We also have four large outside play areas, a lovely Wildway walk with stunning views, which incorporates our beautiful pond and our zip wire for the braver ones amongst you!
Model railway enthusiasts will know the Company is a brand leader in the making of model railway track – superbly detailed layouts are on display in the Model Railway Exhibition next to our model shop.
Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to this beautiful place is considered to be one of the best things to do in Dorset.
Chesil Beach, also known as Chesil Bank, is located on the south coast of England in the county of Dorset. It is a pebble beach approximately 18 miles long and stretches north-west from Portland to West Bay. For much of its length it is separated from the mainland by an area of saline water called the Fleet Lagoon. Chesil Beach also forms a tombolo linking Portland to the mainland. At the southern end the pebbles are fist-sized while at West Bay they are pea gravel.
The Fleet Lagoon is an area of shallow, saline water between Chesil Beach and the mainland. It is 13km long and its width varies from 900 metres at Littlesea down to just 65 metres in the Narrows. The deepest part is 4-5 metres deep, but all of the mid and upper Fleet is less than 2 metres deep.
Tunnel Tree Tops
The Tunnel Tree Tops is a brand new high ropes trekking course, designed for all the family! This action packed course is situated at The Tunnel woodlands just outside the town of Charmouth in West Dorset. The course is sited in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and only 2 miles away from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
The high ropes course comprises of 11 rope and wooden elements including 3 zip wires, all designed to test your nerve and increase your adrenaline levels.
This is simply fun for all the family, we look forward to seeing you swinging in the trees soon!
Tunnel Tree Tops
Crealy Adventure Park
With over 60 rides and attractions, Crealy Theme Park & Resort is the South West's number one family day out. Offering a wide selection of outdoor rides and attractions, plus huge indoor soft & adventure play areas, there is something to do for the whole family, whatever the weather!
Plus with over 200 cute, cuddly farm and Zoo animals there really is something for everyone to enjoy and you are guaranteed to have a fantastic day out with the kids in Devon.