May half term holidays in Devon
Where better for a relaxing break with the kids?
With historical sites, family attractions, verdant gardens, iconic caves, two gorgeous coastlines, and the Dartmoor National Park (phew!), it’s no surprise Devon attracts so many visitors. If you take your family to spend the May half term in Devon, you're guaranteed numerous activities and a diverse range of places to go, making the holiday a real treat for everyone in the family.
There is so much to see and do in Devon, that we couldn't possibly cover everything on offer. However, we'll do our best to give you a rundown of some of our favourite spots, regardless of whether the weather rains or shines! There is always something exciting to choose to spend the day doing: from sampling local cuisine to admiring cultural spots, Devon offers everything you could ever want from a fun-filled holiday.
Some of the highlights of spending time in Devon
May Half Term holidays in Beer
In Devon, culture and arts are flourishing. This is not only inspiring to the people who live in Devon, but proves a great attraction for holidaymakers. With countless art galleries and a myriad of museums, it's safe to say one could spend an entire week just hopping from one to the next. At the Steam Gallery in Beer, visitors can see everything from factories to farming, shipwrecks to steam trains, battles to boats and everything in between. Art galleries, meanwhile, offer collections from many eras, and prove wonderful places to go to see authentic pieces from the world's famed painters.
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May Half Term holidays in Dartmoor
A break from sightseeing may be on the cards when travelling with the kids: they can only stand so many historical lessons before they become bored, after all! Fortunately, Dartmoor Zoo is home to the famous 'Exmoor Beast' so it's definitely a place of interest. If you want to check out another great wildlife attraction, Torquay’s Zoo offers a wonderful display of seals, penguins and many other animals. There's also the water-powered Victorian lift in Lynton and Lynmouth to consider, exciting for children and adults alike, as well as Britain’s largest - and Europe’s deepest - aquarium. And if none of this will do, there are amusement parks in Devon to check out too!
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May Half Term holidays in Torquay
Because of Devon’s two coastlines, this county has been the prime focus of maritime history for centuries. A trip to Torquay will provide spectacular sights, including Kents Cavern, a Palaeolithic dwelling that has amazing rock formations, and home to some of the most ancient human remains in Northern Europe. Castles and stately homes also abound: indeed, the Tudor dwellings of Totnes and the Exeter Cathedral still stand as they did at the time they were constructed, centuries ago.
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May Half Term holidays in Plymouth
If you are looking for the ideal spot to go scuba diving with the family, Plymouth on the South Coast is a great spot. Here you can enjoy diving to see the HMS Scylla wreck, a fascinating and magical spot. If diving is not your thing, however, you can easily watch as powerboats race out of Plymouth, or go kayaking down the lovely and clean River Dart. For activities out of the water, you might enjoy horseback riding at any one of the area’s bridleways; in fact, many say Devon is a horse rider’s paradise. Hiking and cycling can also be done here, as the South West coastal path blankets every bit of the coastline, making this one of the greatest trails in the world.
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May Half Term holidays in Dartmouth
Dartmouth is one of the best places to devour fresh Atlantic seafood, delightfully aged farmhouse cheeses, crusty loaves of bread, locally brewed ales, organic apple cider, divine wines, and of course traditional and locally made ice-cream. Let us not forget about the Castle Tea Rooms, however, where you'll find those famed, lovely Devonshire Cream teas! Of course, shopping is also somewhat of a favourite pastime: from independent jewellers and antique markets to craft shops, Devon has some of the best shopping in the UK!
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Cottages in Devon for May Half Term Holidays
The Vickers is a superb venue for your large family gathering, wedding or corporate get-together. This beautiful Victorian vicarage has been completely refurbished to the highest standards and has the flexibility to be used as the base ...
Expect crispy white linen, fluffy white towels, large comfortable beds with flat screen TVs and DVDs, warm bathrooms with power showers and soft water. Each room and bathroom is of traditional design but with a stylish, contemporary twi...
Lynway House is situated on the spectacular North Devon coastline within an area of outstanding natural beauty. It offers a unique experience for individuals requiring self-catering in Devon.
The house is an elegant late Victorian co...
This amazing cottage has been in the owner, Jane's family for many years, and as her and her partner Stuart are architects it's been sensitively restored to a very high standard. It really is the quintessential Dartmoor cottage, combining the cosi...
The cottage is in the village of Frogmore, a pretty Devon village and one which has managed to hang on to its pub, the excellent Globe Inn just one minute's walk, its Post Office and the locally renowned Frogmore Bakery & General Stores. You can e...