Explore Local Devon Towns
Welcome Family Holiday Park makes a fantastic base for your holiday as it is perfectly situated for accessing the wonderful Devon towns and beaches.
South Devon has many charming and vibrant historic market towns surrounded by sparkling coasts and glorious countryside, each with a rich, ancient heritage and brimming with character. From the capital city Exeter to the seaside town of Exmouth, Devon boasts culture, history and beauty.
For culture seekers there are many local museums, including Dawlish Museum and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. Or if arts and crafts are more to your liking, there are galleries and craft shops in most towns in Devon.
Exeter, the county town of Devon, is easily accessible from Welcome Family Holiday Park by train or bus and is certainly worth a visit. Discover its magnificent cathedral, its underground passages or perhaps take a self guided walk around the city wall trail. Shopping in Exeter is real must with so much on offer, from stylish boutiques to the High Street big names.
The charming Quayside is a very popular area and offers plenty to do, including walking, cycling and boating. Or perhaps you would prefer to enjoy a relaxing day enjoying the views from one of the many public houses, restaurants and tea rooms the city has to offer, watching the world go by.
An Exeter attraction that can be enjoyed whatever the weather is The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. It is a world class museum and has the added bonus of being free to enter!
Exeter is also home to the Exeter Chiefs Premier rugby team. The stadium, Sandy Park, is just a short train ride away from Welcome Family Holiday Park.
Torquay, in the heart of the English Riviera, is a stylish and fashionable holiday resort which has a real continental vibe mixed with a genteel Victorian appearance. A traditional British seaside resort, Torquay is ever popular and since 2014 has featured in the Tripadvisor Top 10 Destinations in The UK list.
Places to visit in Torquay
Cockington Village should certainly be on your itinerary for a visit if you are making South Devon your holiday destination. With cottages dating back to the 16th century and some even mentioned in the doomsday book, Cockington surely has to be ranked among one of the prettiest villages in England.
Interesting Torquay Facts
- The 1970s TV series Fawlty Towers, featuring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, was filmed here at the now-demolished Gleneagles Hotel.
- Agatha Christie, who to this day remains the world’s biggest selling author, was born here in 1890. A popular attraction for visitors is Greenway, Agatha Christie’s holiday home on the banks of the River Dart, accessible by ferry or steam train.
- Miranda Hart, Peter Cook and Richards Burton were also born in Torquay.
- Torquay’s port and harbour regularly welcomes cruise ships and the marina has 440 berths.
- Visitors can catch a ferry from Torquay harbour to Brixham – dolphins and porpoises are regularly seen on the way.
- In 1948, Torquay hosted the Olympic water sports events.
- Torquay is built on seven hills, giving its coast a beautiful backdrop and spectacular vistas from the top – on a clear day you can see Portland Bill from Babbacombe Downs.
Paignton is a colourful, traditional seaside resort popular for its mild climate and lively seafront. The bustling pier, genteel buildings and streets, and sense of class and style, make this an English Riviera favourite for generations of visitors.
Whether you want to paddle, dive or surf, Paignton’s beaches are ideal for a range of water sports. The sand here is claimed to be the best in the UK for building sandcastles, and there are plenty of competitions here to prove it.
Make sure you also check out the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, who offer trips from the town.
On the park and beyond
Swim, splash, soak, and paddle
Let us entertain you with fantastic shows
Sun, sea and sand on your doorstep
It’s all about the fun for little ones
Keeping your gear fresh is a doddle
What to see and do close by
Leave the cooking to us!
Full of history and charm
We’ve got you covered!
Farms, castles, theme parks…
Stroll or hike in gorgeous scenery
A fun way to explore Devon
Not just a bucket-and-spade beach…
Fido will thank you!