With an average rainfall of 192.5mm in Devon, the county has been named the wettest county in the UK! But, this shouldn’t deter visitor or locals exploring the delights of Devon. Here we have our top list of the marvellous attractions that Devonshire has to offer; perfect for those rainier days. Plymouth is one of the largest cities in Devon & borders Cornwall, making it a great central location to stay in if you are doing a bit of a tour of the beautiful south-west.
1. Don’t be afraid to enjoy a coastal town in all its blustery glory
The picturesque Brixham Harbour has views over Torbay and other southern parts of Devon. With all its charming little shops (fish & chips are compulsory when visiting!) it’s an easy place to enjoy dipping in & out of the rain. The Brixham area is also home to a heritage museum, a secluded beach (if the weather picks up!) and a working lighthouse that was built in 1906.
2. Enjoy the medieval castle in Dartmouth
Dartmouth Castle is a medieval fortress with stunning views of the estuary & out to sea. The castles boast many indoor activities to be enjoyed, including exploring the rather spooky passages used by Victorian soldiers & testing out the cannons (thanks to a new sound & light installation!). If dramatic manors are more your thing, why not take a short drive to the town of Paignton to visit Compton Castle, a National Trust site.
3. The Plymouth Royal Theatre has something for everyone
From Shrek to Macbeth, this modern theatre offers shows for any audience. It’s also around the corner from the National Aquarium & a trampoline park! All excellent indoor options, so why not make it an overnight trip to the ‘ocean city’ of Plymouth?
4. Zoos – how many animals like the rain though?
Interestingly, a lot of the creatures at zoos like the Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur park enjoy the rain (mainly the dinosaurs!). Exmoor Zoo has a large indoor area & with handling experiences and daily talks, it’s easy to forget it’s a rainy day when making friends in this zoo.
5. National Trust homes are a treasure in their own right
The National Trust is a quintessentially English conservation organisation, taking great care of the monuments & areas that carry the legacy of the United Kingdom. Devon is home to over 50 points of interest protected by the National Trust, including Watersmeet in Lynmouth; a dramatic river gorge surrounded by aged woodlands, with a little tea garden to enjoy the views from. Lynmouth & Lynton are quaint little coastal towns with acres of charm – they are also home to the world’s steepest water-powered railway! Well worth the ride, even in the rain & with many little tea shops to dive into if the rain becomes too much, it’s a must on any itinerary!
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