Places to go

With so many places go, so much to see and do, we thought you might like a little help planning your stay.

We’ve put together some ideas for special days out, some with families in mind. And some just for
couples or groups of friends. Over to you to choose which ones you want to try...
The Salcombe Ferry is a must on any stay at Gara Rock! As is a visit to the historic town and harbour
on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary. With shopping, cafes, restaurants, a National Trust house and gardens, and boating, you are spoilt for choice.

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Salcombe Gin School

Enter the world of gin! Take charge of a mini copper pot and develop and distil your very own bottle of gin. Learn all about Salcombe Gin while sipping a ‘Salcombe & Tonic’. Or check out the taster sessions on offer.

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Sharpham Vineyard

Two of our favourite things. Handmade cheese and award-winning English wine, could you want anymore? Informal guided tasting, vine to wine tours and scenic vineyard walks, it’s all on offer here.

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Exeter Racecourse

Fancy a flutter on the horses? Learn the lingo and experience the excitement of the racecourse for a fun day out. There is a range of hospitality and dining options available for you to choose from.

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Burgh Island

Famous for its links to Agatha Christie, the sea tractor and as a former haunt for pirates and smugglers. Walk around the island and explore the remains of the chapel. Spot the wildlife that lives on its shores. Stop for a baguette or pint on the shoreline.

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Dartmoor National Park

Spend a day in the wildness of Dartmoor National Park and experience the uniqueness of the place. Explore open moorlands, striking granite tours and deep river valleys. Look out for hidden villages and rare wildlife. Marvel in its rich history.

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South Devon Chilli Farm

Spice up your stay with a trip to a chilli growing farm. With a farm shop, café, chilli plant nursery, children’s play area and mini-tours, there is something for everyone.

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Paignton Zoo

Enjoy a really wild time at Paignton Zoo with more than 2,500 animals to meet. Get up close to some with specially designed habitats from wetlands to tropical forests. Let kids run free in the play areas and hop aboard the Jungle Express.

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Sea Kayak Salcombe

Feel the need for adventure? Based out of Salcombe’s old life boat house on South Sands beach, explore rock gardens, gulleys, caves and coves. Look for wildlife while paddling to secluded beaches.

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Paddleboarding

A gentle way to explore the area by water. Take a lesson, hire a board and go on your own adventure or enjoy a guided exploration of Salcombe Estuary. Paddle by paddle experience the real beauty of the landscapes and scenery.

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Golf

For golf lovers there are plenty of golf courses for you to tee off. Check out Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, Bigbury Golf Club or Thurlestone Golf Club.

Looking for info on our beaches?

Take a look at our saltwater and sunsets page

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