Days Out in the South Hams

Why not explore the South Hams with an old fashioned steam train ride, take a ferry up the beautiful River Dart or for something more exotic, maybe a trip to Paignton Zoo or wine tasting at Sharpham? There are plenty of fun days out to be had here come rain or shine!

Overbecks National Trust

Overbecks National Trust

Exquisite subtropical gardens and eclectic collections of natural and maritime history at the Edwardian seaside home of eccentric scientist Otto Overbeck. Perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe, its spectacular position enjoys breath-taking views across miles of coastline and esturary.

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Greenway House, National Trust

Greenway House, National Trust

Agatha Christie’s beloved Devon holiday home takes visitors on a 1950s holiday, painting a portrait of Agatha Christie’s life, not only as a writer, but as a mother, wife and hostess. Visitors are encouraged to arrive by green transport.

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Greenway Ferry

Greenway Ferry

The English Riviera’s largest passenger boat operator in Torbay. Sightseeing and fishing trips, wildlife Seafari excursions and a ferry service between Totnes, Dartmouth, Dittisham, Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.

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The South Devon Railways

The South Devon Railways

A seven mile stretch of former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, running along the picturesque valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. Steam trains with heritage rolling stock offer a wonderful all weather attraction for families and people of all ages.

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Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company

Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company

The best way to explore the beautiful South Hams is by boat, bus and steam train. The Round Robin allows you to travel to the quaint towns of Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes by steam train, river boat and bus.

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Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse is situated on one of the most exposed peninsulas on the English Coast, running almost a mile into the sea on the south side of Start Bay. Enjoy a guided tour around the only lighthouse in Devon open to the public to see how it works.

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Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens

Occupying 42 acres in the secluded Strawberry Valley, and nurtured since 1991, it is probably the largest garden featuring acid-loving plants in the county, and home to a vast family of plants, birds and other creatures. A haven of vivid blooms and soothing water cascading through the valley, it is one of South Devon's best kept secrets.

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Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo

Home to thousands of amazing animals and plants across 80 acres of natural habitat, divided into six different habitat zones. Giraffes tower over ostriches, black rhinos and cheetahs in the savannah, whilst the desert zone is home to parakeets, venomous lizards and a huge termite mound. A naturally wooded forest is where the orangutans, tigers, lions, gibbons and gorillas live amongst many more species. An unforgettable day out for the whole family.

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Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm

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Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy

Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy

A vineyard and winery set in a stunning location overlooking the River Dart. Sample International Award-winning red and white wines and watch the cheese making through a viewing window. Guided tours around the vineyard reveal the history and principles behind growing grapes in our cool climate.

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Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary

Otter and Butterfly Sanctuary

An educational and fun day out. Get close to beautiful tropical butterflies in the specially designed habitat. Bring your camera for the three species of otters in the Otter Sanctuary - our native British otter, the playful Asian short clawed otters and the large North American river otters who love to show off. Be sure to bring a camera.

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Woodlands Family Theme Park

Woodlands Family Theme Park

A fun filled day out for the whole family in the 90 acre Woodlands Family Theme Park. Family rides, action challenges hidden in the woodland, and electrifying water-coasters, as well as plenty of all-weather indoor activities and entertainment.

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