Sports & Exercise

Leisure East Devon or LED operates nine well-equipped Sports Centres throughout East Devon.

Facilities available include swimming pools in the towns of Exmouth, Honiton and Sidmouth, and fully and professionally equipped gyms in Exmouth, as well as Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and the charming town of Axminster.

Multiple activity sports halls are available, as are squash courts, outside sports/tennis courts, and day/night floodlit astroturf pitches. There is also East Devon Tennis Centre, which incorporates six indoor courts, a cafe-bar and function rooms. Use the Links to find out more about each centre.

www.ledleisure.co.uk

 

Buckfastleigh - Riverford Organic Vegetables

The planning permission granted to Riverford means that visitors must book in advance (but it's always worth calling at the last minute to see if there's space), accompany their meal with a farm tour or walk, cookery demo or other activity. Walks can be long, short, guided or not; the choice is yours. Children of all ages are very welcome, and infants under 3 years can eat and tour for free. So what happens here? Riverford is a pioneer of organic husbandry, and you can enjoy lunch or supper, savouring the farm produce, and experiencing tastes that might even inspire you to try something new at home. The set menu makes imaginative use of the best seasonal produce with a vegetarian and a meat option. Irresistible puddings follow! Chef Jane Baxter brings a wide range of flavours to the dishes that are influenced by her time at the River Cafe in London. This field kitchen is the first of its kind in the country, inspired by a trip Guy Watson made to Alice Water's restaurant in San Francisco, where fresh, organic, seasonal produce is the starting point for any meal. Visitors to the farm can see how good the farm's produce can taste, fresh from the field, generously and creatively prepared demonstrating a real connection between farm and plate. The field kitchen has become an integral part of the farm experience for visitors who return time and time again.
What else at Riverford? Riverford Farm was once a traditional mixed farm but is now the home of a dairy, a butchery, a bakery, a farm shop and the well-known vegetable box scheme. These businesses originate from a family, passionate about food, who enjoyed sharing their enthusiasm with customers. The field kitchen has been the latest venture on the farm and has proved to be a very popular addition for visitors. Farm visits enrich the eating experience in the field kitchen by demonstrating a real connection between the joy of wonderful food and how it is grown. You can touch, smell and taste the vegetables in the field while enjoying the wonderful views over the Devon landscape. Then, make your way to the field kitchen for a freshly prepared meal in a relaxed atmosphere.
Riverford Organic Vegetables Limited, Wash Barn, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 0LD
Email: field kitchen(a)riverford.co.uk   Phone: 01803 762 074  Web: www.riverford.co.uk We are open from February onwards. For days, times and availability please ring us or look on our website www.riverford.co.uk


Buckfastleigh - Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey was founded nearly a thousand years ago and stood for five hundred years before it was closed by Henry VIII. The present community of monks, who returned in 1882, rebuilt the present Abbey on its medieval foundations. The Church you see today was completed in 1938. Now, Buckfast is home to a community of Benedictine monks who lead a life of prayer, work and study. True to the Benedictine Rule, guests have always been welcomed and Buckfast Abbey attracts visitors from around the globe. It has become renowned for stained glass, bee keeping and of course, its famous Buckfast Tonic Wine. Easy to find and with no parking or admission charges, Buckfast offers a visit filled with history, heritage, delightful food, and fine shopping. Above all, this is a spiritual place, with centuries of monastic work behind it.
The Grange Restaurant incorporates one of the oldest parts of the Abbey - the 12th century arch of the North Gate - and provides a superb setting for morning coffee, lunch, or a cream tea. Much of the scrumptious food is hand-made on the premises. The peace and tranquility of the Abbey grounds is a feature of a visit to Buckfast. In the Physic Garden, there are scores of useful herbs - some familiar, some unusual - while in the Sensory Garden, you can relax and meditate to the soothing sounds of running water. A stroll though the lavender collection will sooth your senses.
Housed in a restored eighteenth century mill, the abbey shop has one of the most extraordinary collections of gifts anywhere in the country. This shop is unique, as it sells only the products made by monasteries and convents from all over the continent. This produce includes perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, jams and candles, along with high quality wines, beers, linens and devotional goods. Also for sale here are the products of Buckfast Abbey, including the famous Buckfast Tonic Wine, fudge, beeswax items and honey when in season. The site of the medieval great Guesthall houses one of the largest religious bookshops in the South West of England within its historic nooks and crannies. Some say it also hosts a friendly ghost or two! This 'Bookshop with a difference' is full of surprises. As well as serving clergy and churches, schools and religious institutions, the Abbey Bookshop is also well known for its general bookselling services and welcomes enquiries, whether by post, in person or by email. As one proceeds through the twists and turns of the medieval structure, there are other surprises for the visitor. Features include the 'Noah's Ark' themed children's room and, in season, the 'St Nicholas Shop', with lovely Nativity sets, gifts and cards. Under the vaulted ceiling of the Guesthall, there's a rich selection of religious gifts, fine jewellery, sacred music and greeting cards.
With ample free parking, the Abbey is a convenient refreshment place with an atmosphere exclusive to the monastic tradition. Guests are welcome to attend any of the services in the Abbey Church.
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE Phone: 01364 645500 Fax: 01364 643891 Web: www.buckfast.org.uk


Buckfastleigh - Pennywell Farm

A mega fun day out - and how true that is! With activities ranging from pets corner through a wildlife assault course, falconry displays, pigs, ferrets, lambs, sheep dog trials, trampolines, and farmyard theatre, this is a one stop entertainment centre for kids and adults alike that will keep the whole family amused all day long.
Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0LT   Phone: 01364 642023 Web: www.pennywellfarm.co.uk


Lyme Regis - Chimp and Zee, Bookshop by the Sea

Simply the most magical bookshop you will ever visit! Original art, cards and signed children's books by author/ illustrator team, Catherine and Laurence Anholt whose 90 best-selling titles have won numerous awards and are published all over the world. Described as 'like stepping inside a storybook'!
51 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Devon, DT7 3QF
Phone: 01297 442233  Web: www.anholt.co.uk  Email: info@anholt.co.uk


Modbury - The Brownston Gallery

A stunning new contemporary art gallery featuring original work from local, regional and nationally renowned artists. The Brownston Gallery is based in the beautiful Georgian town of Modbury. As well as contemporary paintings and mixed media pieces, the gallery shows sculpture, ceramics, glassware and jewellery from a wide range of outstanding established and emerging artists.
36 Church Street Modbury Devon PL21 OQR
Phone: 01548 831338 Web: www.thebrownstongallery.co.uk Email: info@thebrownstongallery.co.uk


Plymouth - National Marine Aquarium

Britain's biggest aquarium


Plymouth Powerboat School

Learn new skills or improve your existing skills. Increase your confidence. Improve your safety and enjoyment of the water. Gain internationally recognised certificates. The school offers the full range of RYA powerboat courses and skippered RIB Charter. They have experienced and friendly instructors with a passion for powerboating, a range of high quality, well equipped boats, and also offer own boat tuition anywhere. The school will undertake boat deliveries and assisted passages. There are special kids courses as well as bespoke and corporate tuition, and they can arrange local accommodation for all budgets.
Plymouth Powerboat School. Web: www.powerboatschool.com  Phone: 01752 255700


Plymouth - Plymouth Gin

Discover Gin's colourful history and over 200 years of gin distilling at Black Friar's distillery - the working home of Plymouth gin since 1793.
60 Southside Street,  Plymouth, PL1 2LQ  Phone: 01752 665292


Plymouth - Aerosaurus Balloons

Over 400 flights a year, with gift vouchers, magical champagne balloon flights, in-flight photos, and a certificate to prove you were there! A perfect gift or a treat for yourself and the family.
Southbrook House, Whimple, Exeter, Devon
Phone: 01404 822297 Web: www.ballooning.co.uk Email: mail@ballooning.co.uk


Plymouth - Smeaton's Tower, The Hoe, Plymouth

A centrepiece on Plymouth's Hoe, Smeaton's Tower has become one of the South West's most well-known landmarks. Originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759, it was taken down in the early 1880s. Approximately two thirds of its structure was moved stone by stone to its current resting place on the Hoe. Now standing at 72 feet high, the lighthouse offers fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the City.

Admission details for all these three attractions can be found at www.plymouth.gov.uk/museums
Phone: 01752 304774 Email: museum@plymouth.gov.uk


Plymouth - Elizabethan House

Go back in time to Drake's Plymouth, Spiral stairs, sloping floors and period furniture give you an insight 'into how a merchant or sea captain might have lived in the 1600s. A restored kitchen has been recently completed while the development of a Tudor garden is underway.
32 New Street, The Barbican


Plymouth - Merchant's House

The former home of the famous Elizabethan privateer, Captain William Parker, this four storey town house provides a fascinating snapshot of Plymouth's history. Old curiosities, a chemist's shop and a Victorian schoolroom give you a feeling of what life was like in the past.
33 Andrew Street (behind Plymouth Magistrate's Court)


Salcombe - Estuary Cruises

Explore the sheltered scenic estuary waters between Kingsbridge and Salcombe, a  local nature reserve,  aboard the quiet and spacious, 100 seat, double decked excursion vessel Rivermaid. The estuary's natural beauty is enjoyed from the extensive views from the upper deck, or the warm passenger saloon. You have various options, for example, Kingsbridge to Salcombe Cruises in either direction is a 35 minute cruise each way, following a meandering channel and passing a 19th century stone road bridge across Bowcombe Creek, historic lime kilns, lots of birdlife, entrances to Collapit, Blanksmill, Frogmore and South Pool Creeks, Saltstone Island, the oldMersey ferry Egremont and panoramic views of Salcombe. The upper reaches of the estuary provide extensive feeding grounds for a variety of birds such as Redshanks, Greenshanks, Dunlin, Shelducks, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Herons, Egrets, Shags and Cormorants. The top deck of the Rivermaid makes an excellent vantage point.
Boats depart from The Quay, Kingsbridge and the Ferry Inn Pier Steps, Salcombe.
Phone: 01548 853525


Torquay - Kents Cavern

The warmest cave in Britain, with so many fascinating things to see, including the remains of prehistoric inhabitation, reconstructions of how the ancient people lived in the caves, and natural beauty in the rock formations - it's well worth a visit, and you'll be thrilled by the extent of the attractions on offer here. The Cavern ghost shows are spooky fun for the kids, and the outdoors walk trail through the woods is a wonderful history lesson into how the cavemen survived during historic times. All in all, fascinating and entertaining.
Kents Caven, Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF Phone: 01803 215136 Web: www.kents-cavern.co.uk


Totnes - Woodlands Adventure Park

Another massive entertainment complex which will keep the whole family entertained all day! There's the UK's largest indoor adventure centre for when the weather's bad, and outside a whole host of rides, attractions, adventures, courses, water rides, food places, falconry displays...the list goes on and on....with celebrations for Halloween and fireworks' night with many other special attractions throughout the year, you can keep up with the latest fun filled activities on the website.
Woodlands Leisure Park, Blackawton, Totnes, South Devon, TQ9 7DQ
Phone: 01803 712598 Email: fun@woodlandspark.com Web: http://www.woodlandspark.com/


Totnes - Sharpham Vineyard

A working estate which produces classic wines and great cheese from its own herd of Jersey cows. Tour the farm and watch all the stages of wine and cheesemaking.  You can enjoy a self-directed tour of the vineyard (30 minutes) followed by an instructed tasting of a selection of Sharpham wines and cheese, or take a guided tour of both the vineyard and winery, together, with a tasting of our wines and cheese. An explanation of the process from vine to wine is given. This option is available on Wednesdays at 3.30pm, from May 1st to September the 15th, and lasts approximately 2 hours. Advance booking is not necessary. The tour is subject to weather conditions. This is a working farm so outdoor footwear and clothing are highly advisable; some sections of the trails cover steep and uneven ground.
Located 3 miles from Totnes along the A381 towards Kingsbridge. Turn left for Sharpham Vineyards and follow the brown signs. Sharpham Partnership, Ashprington, Totnes, TQ9 7UT Phone: 01803 732203 Fax: 01803 732122 email: info@sharpham.com   Web: www.sharpham.com


Babbacombe Model Village

Feel like a giant looking down on the world as you see thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles, set in various stages of history. The figures are realistically placed, sometimes in comical settings, but the landscape gives a true feeling of village life. The reproduction is set in 4 acres of outstanding gardens, with dazzling floral displays. Occasionally, the tableaux change to reflect the seasons with displays such as Festival of Lights, Halloween Horrors and Santa’s Lapland-style grotto.

Babbacombe Model Village
Hampton Avenue, Torquay, TQ1 3LA
Phone: 01803 315315 Email: sw@model-village.co.uk
Web: http://www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk/


Teignmouth – Grand Pier

The old world Grand Pier is found at the centre of the central promenade, by the East Cliff. Ample car parking is provided. You will find traditional and modern seaside amusements with video games, simulators, and the old-fashioned arcade games. Also on the Fun Deck, there is a children’s roller coaster, pirate ship, railway, boating pool and go-karts, Formula 1 style. Don’t be put off by the name. The pier isn’t grand at all, but it is charming.
Grand Pier – Teignmouth
Promenade, Teignmouth, TQ14 8BB
Phone: 01626 774 367


Totnes – China Blue

At China Blue you can buy pottery from the local kiln, but you have to paint it yourself. Assistance is on hand in the pottery studio for the whole family to make their own unique designs, and if it comes out as a mess, then you can buy an item from the vast range of crockery available in the studio store. Also in the home accessories store, you will find an excellent range of contemporary table ware, lamps, vases and much more. Pots of fun for the whole family.
China Blue - Totnes
Station Road, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 5JR
Phone: (01803) 860908
Web: http://www.china-blue.co.uk/index.htm


Torbay – Exeter – The Riviera Line

The Riviera Line is a local railway line that connects the city of Exeter to the "English Riviera" resorts of Torbay. Built originally by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the line cut through the rugged South coast slopes in a series of tunnels. Along the line, you can se the original engine houses and signal boxes. As well as being an agreeable attraction, you may find The Riviera Line convenient to save traffic and parking hassle. You can save money with a Devon and Cornwall Railcard.
The Riviera Line
Web: http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/


Ashburton – River Dart Adventures

This giant adventure zone is situated on the slopes of Dartmoor, covering 90 acres of native and exotic woodland. Activities vary from gentle walks in the parkland among the rhododendrons and azaleas to adrenaline packed adventures, including high ropes courses, canoeing and an indoor climbing wall.
River Dart Adventures
River Dart Country Park, Ashburton,Devon, TQ13 7NP
Phone: 01364 652511 Fax: 01364 652020


Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway

This authentic attraction, using original engines, travels along a 7 mile track, through some of the most superb Devon scenery, along the spectacular Torbay coast to the woodlands of the Dart estuary. At Dartmouth there are connections to passenger ferries, which take you up-river to Totnes, or along Torbay's spectacular coast. An open-top bus can be taken to complete the round trip.
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
Queens Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ4 6AF
Phone: 01803-553760 Email: mail@pdsr.eclipse.co.uk
Web: http://www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk/


Totnes and Dartmouth – Dart Pleasure Craft Limited (River Link Operators)

The company operates a comprehensive range of cruises between Totnes and Dartmouth, with Harbour, Coastal and Wildlife cruises from Dartmouth. Services are timed to coincide with the steam train and open top bus services.
Dart Pleasure Craft Limited
5 Lower Street, Dartmouth, TQ6 9AJ
Phone: 01803-834488 Fax: 01803-835248 Email: sales@riverlink.co.uk
Web: http://www.pdsr.co.uk/page.php?xPage=riverlink.html


Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Paignton Zoo, one of the most stunning zoos in the country, contains a collection of some 1,200 beasts, representing over 300 species. Special attractions include a crocodile swamp and botanical gardens. The zoo is operated by a charitable trust dedicated to conservation of the world's wildlife. Paignton Zoo was recently favourably featured on ITV’s Zoo Story.
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Totnes Rd, Paignton, TQ4 7EU
Phone: 01803 697500 Fax: 01803 523457 Email: info@paigntonzoo.org.uk
Web: http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/


Buckfastleigh and Totnes – South Devon Railway

Genuine historic steam engines haul trains on a round trip between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, on what was once a branch line of the Great Western Railway. The line passes along some of Devon's most spectacular countryside, along the tranquil valley of the river Dart, through a rural idyll rich in wildlife. At the stations are picnic areas, play areas and a museum of steam. A heritage bus service connects to Buckfast Abbey and other places of interest.
South Devon Railway
The Station, Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh,TQ11 0DZ
Phone: 0845 3451420 Fax 01364 642170 Email: info@southdevonrailway.org
Web: http://www.southdevonrailway.org/


Newton Abbot – Trago Mills Family Shopping & Leisure Park

Set in 100 acres of countryside, the 190,000 sq ft shopping centre offers a whole high street under one roof. The shopping complex is noted for its variety of merchandise and discounted prices. Included are leisure facilities with a miniature steam railway, bumper boats and cars, an Edwardian penny arcade and a slide complex. Fishing lakes are stocked with carp, roach, rudd, bream and tench. Open seven days a week-all year round.
Trago Mills Family Shopping & Leisure Park
Liverton, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 6JD
Phone: 01626 821111
Web: http://www.trago.co.uk/


Newton Abbot – Hedgehog Hospital at Prickly Ball Farm

This is a genuine hedgehog hospital, unique as far as I know, where the patients receive the finest treatment before being released to the wild. As well as meeting the patients, you can see baby hedgehogs bottle feeding and look into hedgerow village, where you can learn more about our spiny friends. Also for the children, there are pony and cart rides, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and bottle fed lambs.
Hedgehog Hospital at Prickly Ball Farm
Denbury Road, Newton Abbot,TQ12 6BZ
Phone: 01626 362319
Web: http://www.banathe.co.uk/Joomla/


Teignmouth – Shaldon Wildlife Trust

Shaldon Zoo is home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most endangered species, many of which cannot be seen in other zoos. This is a unique opportunity to see marmosets and tamarins from South America, and a family of pygmy marmosets, the smallest monkey in the world. Also admire the ocelots, lemurs, and yellow-breasted capuchin monkeys, one of the world’s most endangered primates. The bug room houses an assortment of creepy crawlies and poison-dart frogs. You can even try the ‘Keeper for a Day Scheme’ which gives anyone over 14 the opportunity to involve themselves in the work of a keeper.
Shaldon Wildlife Trust
Ness Drive, Shaldon, Teignmouth, TQ14 0HP
Phone: 01626 872234 Email: info@shaldonwildlifetrust.org.uk
Web: http://www.shaldonwildlifetrust.co.uk/


Torquay – Living Coasts

Living Coasts features a considerable range of local coastal creatures from penguins to seals, with puffins, waders, sea ducks and many more. Special windows and viewing devices allow you to see the creatures in their natural environment, on sandy beaches and rugged cliff faces. A meshed aviary allows birds to fly free over your head, and a viewing room gives crystal clear spectacles of seals underwater.
Living Coasts
Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, TQ1 2BG
Phone: (01803) 202470 Email: info@livingcoasts.org.uk
Web: http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/visit


Exeter – Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World

The Centre aims to provide a system of exhibitions and projects, concerned with present day environment issues. There are four exhibitions a year, presenting a variety of artistic mediums, with resident artists engaging with visitors. Some of the resultant work from the exhibitions goes to forms a permanent collection. Also there are live events with work in other art forms involving literature, music and dance.
CCANW
Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, EX6 7XR
Phone: 01392 832277 Email: info@ccanw.co.uk
Web: http://www.ccanw.co.uk/


Kingswear – Coleton Fishacre House & Garden

The art deco house was created by Rupert and Dorothy D'Oyly Carte in 1925. Although some stylish changes have since been made to the house, it retains the gentle charm of that unique period. The extensive garden, in a stream fed valley, contain many species that thrive in the mild climate but cannot survive in other parts of the country.
Coleton Fishacre House & Garden
Brownstone Road, Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ
Phone: 01803 752466 Fax: 01803 753017 Email: coletonfishacre@nationaltrust.org.uk
Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-coletonfishacrehouseandgarden/


Paignton – Compton Castle

Compton is not so much a castle as a fortified manor house. It was built in 1340 by the Gilbert family and has been their home for most of last six centuries. You can view the buttresses and battlements, spiral staircases and a fully equipped medieval kitchen. The Great Hall contains memorabilia of the Gilbert family, who were noted explores and colonisers of the New World. Outside can be found a charming rose garden and a perfumed herb garden.
Compton Castle
Marldon, Paignton, TQ3 1TA
Phone: 01803 661906 Email: comptoncastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-comptoncastle


Totnes – Dartington Hall Trust

Dartington Hall Trust is a pioneering charity for the advancement of the arts, social justice and sustainability. Visitors to the 1,200-acre can view the medieval Great Hall and courtyard and the listed gardens. They are also invited to take part in the performance programmes, short courses and learning opportunities.
Dartington Hall Trust
Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EL
Phone: 01803 847 000 Fax 01803 847007 Email: admin@schumachercollege.org.uk
Web: http://www.dartington.org/


Newton Abbot – Blackdown Rings

Blackdown Rings consists of an Iron Age hill fort with a Norman Motte and Bailey built within the prehistoric embankment. It provides a unique opportunity to study the rock formations and the landforms of the South Hams. The rocks underlying the site, Staddon Grits, can be seen in a quarry by the site entrance. Devon's oldest rocks are visible in the distance to the south. A panoramic viewpoint allows views of the deeply-cut valley of the River Avon, and its rugged woodlands. Round about are pathways which lead along woodlands and by the Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserve.


Newton Abbot – Grimspound

Grimspound contains the remains of a Bronze Age settlement, with a walled enclosure with circles of granite boulders, the relics of round houses. The settlement can be seen in its entirety from the adjacent Hookney Tor. A farming community existed here about 3,000 years ago, but the site may well have been in use in earlier times. There are remains of tin mining activity in the valley below Grimspound.
Grimspound
Widecombe in the Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7TA
Web: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/andyspatch/grimspound.htm


Dartmouth – Britannia Royal Naval College

The College exists for the training of officers for the Royal Navy yet allows visitors to tour its ancient courts. The building is known for its superlative Edwardian architecture, designed by Sir George Aston Webb. The Quarterdeck with its vaulted ceiling is surrounded by the finest wrought ironwork of the Poop Deck gallery which leads to the Commodore's Flat containing a unique and complete collection of Second World War naval portraits by Sir Oswald Birley. The Main Corridor, the second longest in Europe, takes you from the beautiful Chapel and its memorial side chapels, to the splendour of the Senior Gunroom. The hand-painted and gold leaf bosses of the ceiling compliment the finest portraits of Admirals that line its oak-panelled walls.
BRNC Dartmouth
Dartmouth,TQ6 0HJ
Phone: 01803 832141 Email: brnc-trgrecords@nrta.mod.uk
Web: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/


Kingsbridge – Cookworthy Museum of Rural Life

This is a 17th century school house, converted into a vibrant local museum. You can se the trappings of the old schoolroom, the Victorian kitchen and a farm gallery in a walled garden. There are exhibits of three centuries of costumes, farm implements and the paraphernalia of everyday rural existence. Also available are photographs maps and local newspapers from 1855.
Cookworthy Museum of Rural Life
108 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1AW
Phone: 01548 853235


Plymouth – Saltram

Saltram is a magnificent Georgian mansion with its original contents intact, set in a period landscaped park. Much of the interior was designed by Robert Adam in the neoclassical style. There is an extensive collection of fine period furniture, ceramics and silver, with several portraits by Reynolds. The garden contains several intriguing follies in the neoclassical style.
Saltram
Plympton, Plymouth,PL7 1UH
Phone: 01752 333500 Email: saltram@nationaltrust.org.uk
Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-saltram


Totnes Guildhall

The Tudor Guildhall was established in the reign of Edward VI as the seat of local authority. The Mayor is still sworn in here in May. Famous visitors have been Charles I, Elizabeth I and Oliver Cromwell, who billeted troops here, some of whom died of the plague. Visitors can see the Tudor panelling, the refectory and kitchens of the old Benedictine Priory closed in 1536 and exhibits of five centuries of period pieces. This is the oldest building in the area but still admirably preserved.
Totnes Guildhall
Ramparts Walk, Totnes, TQ9 5HQ
Phone: 01803 862147


Salcombe – Overbecks Museum and Garden

Overbecks museum houses the collections of curios and nautical artefacts of the eccentric scientist Otto Overbeck. Many of Overbeck's inventions are also on show, including the intriguing rejuvenator machine. One of the rooms can be entered by a secret door concealed in the wooden panelling of the room outside and contains a display of dolls' houses. The museum contains a Polyphon, a large musical box which plays music encoded as holes punched in large sheet-metal discs. There is a collection of discs of popular melodies of the day which are played from time to time. The house is set in seven acres of exotic gardens with spectacular views of the Salcombe estuary. It enjoys a sheltered microclimate and contains many rare plants and a sub-tropical garden.
Overbeck's
Sharpitor, Salcombe, TQ8 8LW
Phone: 01548 842893 Email: overbecks@nationaltrust.org.uk
Web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-overbecks


Dartmouth – Newcomen Engine House

The building was restored as a memorial to Thomas Newcomen, born in Dartmouth in 1664, and inventor of the Atmospheric Steam Engine. Newcomen invented his device to pump water from the local mines. His engine was to spark off the industrial revolution of the 18th century. The museum houses the Dartmouth engine which was built at the end of the 18th century and is a direct descendant of Newcomen’s first engine, built in 1712.
Newcomen Engine House
Mayors Avenue,Dartmouth, TQ6 9YY


Dartmouth Castle

The castle was built in 1388 as a defence against French invasion. The Gun tower was built in 1481 and expanded to its present length by order of Henry VIII. It continuously served as a working Gun Battery through to the World War Two, when it oversaw the preparations for D Day. Visitors can see military objects dating from Tudor times through to the 20th Century, and enjoy the superb waterfront setting, which the castle offers as guardian of the Dart estuary.
Dartmouth Castle
Dartmouth TQ6 0JN
Phone: 01803 833588 Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Web: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server.php?show=nav.15498