School trips to Devon offers you an amazing wealth of opportunities for learning outside the classroom for your students. Devon is a county of great contrasts. Steeped in history, there are beautiful chocolate box villages, with white washed cottages topped with thatched roofs, a common architectural feature of this part of England, nestled in the steep wooded valleys of the Devon countryside. The deep red earth in the fields is particularly prevalent at certain times of the year, when you see the farmers ploughing the land and is another geographical feature only found in part of Britain.
The handsome Georgian cities and market towns were built on the prosperity from the wool industry and the town of Axminster has been synonymous with carpet luxury and craftsmanship for over 250 years. They are Britain’s oldest, best known and most prestigious carpet designer and manufacturer and their high quality carpets can be found in royal palaces, the best hotels, sports stadiums and private houses.
Devon has two dramatic coastlines, the Atlantic coast which boasts 65 miles of majestic rocky coastline and the 125 miles of golden sandy beaches along the South coast. One of the highlights for schools visiting South Devon is the English Riviera Geopark. Formed over a staggering 400 million years ago, the Geoplay Park is a family-friendly location that has been specifically designed to introduce children of all ages to the English Riviera’s fascinating geological history. Find out where the dinosaurs roamed and how our ancient ancestors lived thousands of years ago! Enjoy a surfing lesson on the rugged coastline of North Devon, alternatively explore the hills of Exmore National Park by bicycle, hike the coastal paths or try your hand at sailing.
Devon is also blessed with two National Parks, the Exmoor National Park (established in 1954) and the Dartmoor National Park (established in 1951). In addition to this there are five official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing a wonderful place for learning as well as outdoor adventure. If your a lover of the seaside, Devon can’t be beaten for giving your students a real treat. Enjoy a surfing lesson or a day out with a local guide who will tailor your day to meet your National Curriculum studies. Sandy family-friendly beaches, tiny pebbled coves, wild and windswept bays with stunning views – Devon has it all. It also has rolling hills, fertile farmland – and craggy moorland.
An alternative to the great outdoors is to visit the historic cities of Exeter and Plymouth. Both cities have a wealth of maritime history, great architecture, school friendly attractions and museums to visit and offer a contrast to the great outdoors.
Accommodation in Devon is plentiful. School trips can be catered for in quality hostels, hotels or more memorably why not try an outward bound centre? Your students would love it! Above all it is easily accessible for your next school trip destination and is ideal location for schools situated in Central, London or the South of England.
Here are some of the places we recommend to visit:-
- Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre
- RHS Rosemoor
- Quince Honey Farm
- The Big Sheep
- Tamar Trails
- Tree Surfers
- Powderham Castle
- OSKC Watersports Surf South West
- Exeter Cathedral
- Dartmoor Zoo
- Exe Estuary Country Park & Nature Reserve
- National Marine Aquarium
- Mayflower Museum
The list is endless contact us for inspiration and to plan your perfect itinerary.
More to See
- Babbacombe Model Village
- Hannahs at Seal Hayne
- Powderham Castle
- The Golden Hind at Brixham
Other Trips in This Region
Depart School and head to Paignton and spend the day meeting the residents of Paignton Zoo.
Travel on to your accommodation and after allocating rooms and dinner there will be time to explore your surroundings.
After breakfast, pick up a packed lunch and head off to visit Geoplay Park on the English Riviera. The park is designed around the English Riviera’s geological history. In the evening, visit a local restaurant and then walk to the Palace Theatre for a show
After breakfast explore the coastal path at Roundham Head. After a picnic lunch, board the steam train to Kingswear. This is followed by a short crossing to Dartmouth. Once in Dartmouth board a boat for a circular river cruise (approx 1 hour). Return via steam train from Kingswear . Catch a bus to local Torquay and eat in a local restaurant before joining a summer evening ghost tour at Kent’s Cavern.
Spend the morning enjoying a game of crazy golf before a picnic lunch. Meet the coach for the trip back to school.
There are so many things to do in scenic Devon that we are spoilt for choice!
Relieve the Stress
Here at School Trips UK our dedicated school trip team have over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry and we pride ourselves in delivering bespoke tips that make learning fun and engaging.
At the start of your enquiry we will research the best accommodation for your chosen destination as well as transport providers if required, and one agent will keep in touch with you throughout the process to ensure you are happy and kept in the loop right to the end of your visit.
All trips can be arranged around a particular subject or subjects and we can include workshops, talks, company visits and other relevant activities accordingly. Everything for your trip would be individually sourced, from local restaurants for your meals to evening activities such as ghost walks or ten pin bowling.
Before you depart on your trip you’ll be provided with detailed itineraries, all booking information, travle maps if required and 24 hour emergency contact details.
- Quality Accommodation
- Entry to attractions
- Evening meals
- Packed lunches
- FREE teacher places
- Information packs
- Personal guides available
- Risk assessments
- 24 hour support
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