A fine selection of holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs, Inns, Lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc across the South Devon AONB. Pictured is Mill Bay Beach on The Kingsbridge Salcombe Estuary.
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Top 10 Recommended Rainy Days Out in South Devon AONB


Rainy Days Out in South Devon AONB
Whilst most people head to South Devon and The English Riviera for their glorious coastlines, there's plenty to do when it rains. From castles to major South West tourist attractions, museums to remarkable caves, we've visited dozens of rainy day attractions in the area over the years. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Rainy Days Out in South Devon' for ideas. You might also want to see our 'Top 10 Recommended Rainy Days Out in Devon' as well.

Dartmouth Castle

Fascinating castle managed by English Heritage. You get to visit the delightful St Petrox Church, too. Whilst it's a long drive, try Castle Drogo and Gardens in Dartmoor National Park.

Dartmouth Museum, Devon

Excellent local museum specialising in marine artefacts. In the centre of Dartmouth and surrounded by great pubs, restaurants and shops. Also visit Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery and Torquay Museum.

Overbeck's Garden and Museum

Museum created by Otto Overbeck. Contains children's toys, natural history and maritime exhibits. The gardens are really impressive and if you get a break in the rain, the views of The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary are wonderful.

National Marine Aquarium

The largest aquarium in the UK. One of the tanks is cinema-sized and you could spend hours watching it. Plymouth is an obvious rainy day destination for shopping, museums and history.

Mayflower Visitor Centre

Fine local museum outlining the history of Plymouth, specifically The Pilgrim Fathers. Across the way are the Plymouth Mayflower Steps and the Pilgrim Fathers and the Plymouth National Marine Aquarium. Within Plymouth Barbican.

Totnes Castle, Devon

To get to the castle from the riverside where most people park, you have to walk up the town's magnificent high street which is full of goodies. Totnes is a top place. In the local area, visit Agatha Christie's Greenway by Greenway Quay.

The Golden Hinde (Devon)

Replica of the ship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world in the late sixteenth century. From here, explore Brixham. In the local area, visit Berry Head Forts.

Kents Cavern

In the English Riviera so a little north of the AONB. 'The oldest ancient home in Britain'. Memorable day out. Given that Kents Cavern is underground, it's dry.

Paignton Zoo

Fantastic zoo. Many of its attractions are indoors so a good place when the rain comes. On the fringes of the AONB within The English Riviera. Also visit Living Coasts.

Woodlands Park, Devon

One for the kids. On a rainy day, there's a 100,000 sq.ft. undercover area. Further away, try Woodlands Park.