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Things to do in Dartmoor

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With the help of our guide, discover the best things to do in Dartmoor

From family-friendly attractions to breathtaking hikes, there are so many things to do in Dartmoor.

If you are seeking an action-packed break to a countryside setting filled with beauty and wonder, then look no further than Dartmoor. Armed with our guide to the best things to do in Dartmoor, you are promised an adventure-filled break at any time of the year.

Dartmoor Attractions

The Dartmoor National Park is a remarkable Devonshire location offering stunning rural landscapes, enchanting forests, pretty rivers and fascinating tors. Brush up on the local history with a visit to one of the many National Trust properties. Lose yourself in a time gone by at Buckfast Abbey. Or, immerse yourself in history at the dramatic Castle Drogo.

Dartmoor Activities

Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy a day out at the Buckfast Otter Experience on your trip to Dartmoor. You can even marvel at the stunning scenery with a leisurely trip upon the South Devon Railway. Those looking to explore rural nature can head out on a walk along Lydford Gorge.

Discover an endless list of things to do in Dartmoor, no matter what time of year you choose to visit…

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  • Buckfast Abbey

    Buckfast Abbey

    TQ11 0EE

    01364 645500

    A working monastery that is home to a community of Benedictine Monks, Buckfast Abbey opens its doors to the public, allowing visitors to explore the impressive interior and beautiful gardens.

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  • Otter Experience

    Buckfast Otter Experience

    Station House
    Dart Bridge Rd
    TQ11 0DZ

    01364 642916

    Wildlife lovers will adore this unique experience at the Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary on the fringes of the National Park. Spend some time with the keeper, learn of the work of the sanctuary and even get the opportunity to feed the otters yourself.

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  • Burrator Reservoir

    Burrator Reservoir

    Burrator Reservior
    PL20 6PE

    01822 855700

    If you love the great outdoors and nature, Burrator Reservoir is the place for you! You can find this outdoor gem in Dartmoor National Park.

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  • Canonteign Falls

    Canonteign Falls

    Dartmoor National Park
    EX6 7RH


    Canonteign Falls rests within a historic estate in Dartmoor National Park and the Teign Valley. Here, you can find the iconic waterfall alongside an array of things to do.

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  • Castle Drogo, Devon
    Image Credits: Manfred Heyde - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Castle Drogo

    Castle Drogo Drive
    EX6 6PB

    01647 433306

    This striking and dramatic castle, built in the early 1900s and currently maintained by the National Trust was the last castle to be built in England and overlooks breathtaking views high above the Teign Gorge.

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  • Dartmoor Zoo, Feature

    Dartmoor Zoo

    Dartmoor Zoo
    PL7 5DG

    01752 837645

    Want to treat the family to a memorable day out at the zoo? Come and see the wealth of delightful creatures at Dartmoor Zoo.

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  • Guided Moorland Walks with Dartmoor’s Daughter

    07817 329584

    Dartmoor’s Daughter, Emma Cunis, is somewhat an expert of the area, offering guided walks like no other. Her nature connection experiences were created to improve physical health, emotional well-being and mental acuity. This allows you to admire the wonders of Dartmoor in ways you have never before.

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  • Haytor Rocks

    Haytor Rocks

    Haytor Vale
    Newton Abbot
    TQ13 9XS

    Looking for a scenic outing amidst the great outdoors? Come to Haytor Rocks, Dartmoor.

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  • Hound Tor, Devon

    Hound Tor

    Newton Abbot
    United Kingdom
    TQ13 9XG

    Want to experience mesmerising rock formations and an abandoned medieval village first-hand? Come and explore Hound Tor.

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  • Lydford Gorge

    EX20 4BH

    01822 820320

    Displaying the deepest river gorge in the North West, this is a popular attraction, whether you are looking to explore the great walks on offer, or simply relax in the coffee shop. Children can enjoy the play area too.

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