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The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum (8 minutes)

An elegant former home of the vicars of Buckland Monachorum, with a garden steeped in history. The 10 acre garden is several gardens in one, with a beautiful walled garden surrounding the ruins of Buckland's medieval vicarage at its heart. www.thegardenhouse.org.uk

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton – National Trust (10 minutes)

Situated in a peaceful valley and chosen as a home by monks and seafarers, including Sir Francis Drake. The Abbey, monastic Great Barn, meadows, orchards and gardens have stood the test of 700 years of history. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bucklandabbey

Burrator Reservoir, Near Yelverton (10 minutes)

Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland and is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips. Low cost bank fishing for both rainbow and brown trout is available; permits are sold at the garage in Yelverton. www.swlakestrust.org.uk/lakes-and-facilities/the-lakes/burrator

Dartmoor Prison Museum, Princetown (20 minutes)

Unlock the intriguing history of this prison, once notorious for holding some of Britain's most dangerous prisoners. It offers an interesting insight into prison life on Dartmoor, both past and present. www.dartmoor-prison.co.uk

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth (25 minutes)

The UK's largest aquarium will take you on a journey across the world's oceans from Plymouth Sound to the coral reefs of the tropics. Hosts provide action packed talks, including the must-see dive show at 2pm daily. www.national-aquarium.co.uk

Saltram, Plympton, Plymouth – National Trust (25 minutes)

One of the Trust's hidden treasures, this magnificent Georgian house and its original contents gives a fascinating insight into sophisticated country-estate life. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/saltram

Dartmoor Zoo, Sparkwell, Plymouth (30 minutes)

Set in 33 acres of woodland, Dartmoor Zoo is a unique, family owned zoo with a collection of animals including the widest variety of big cats in the south west. The zoo was purchased in 2006 by the Mee family and is now the subject of the Hollywood movie We Bought A Zoo. www.dartmoorzoo.org

Morwellham Quay, Morwellham (30 minutes)

Step back in time to a working Victorian village set in 200 acres of landscape by the River Tamar. Today the village is a living and working museum for visitors who can relive its Victorian heyday. www.morwellham.org

Plymouth Gin Distillery (25 minutes)

Is the oldest working gin distillery in England and has been making Plymouth Gin according to the original recipe since 1793. The medieval building dates back to 1431 and the Distillery's historic bar, 'The Refectory' is believed to be the room where the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night before setting sail for the New World. www.plymouthgin.com

Elizabethan House, The Barbican, Plymouth (25 minutes)

Go back in time to Drake's Plymouth and see how a merchant or sea captain might have lived in the 1600s. http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/creativityandculture/museums/museumelizabethanhouse.htm

Merchant's House, Plymouth (25 minutes)

See four mini museums under one roof in this former home of famous Elizabethan privateer, William Parker. Old curiosities, a Victorian schoolroom, Blitz themed room and more provide a fascinating snapshot of Plymouth's recent past. http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/creativityandculture/museums/museummerchantshouse.htm

Further afield

Cotehele, Saltash – National Trust (40 minutes)

A magical Tudor house brimming with tapestries, arms and armour, at the heart of a huge estate on the wooded banks of the Tamar with quay, orchards, garden and working watermill. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele

Lydford Gorge, Lydford, Near tavistock – National Trust (40 Minutes)

This oak-wooded, steep sided river gorge is the deepest in the South West with both long and short walks, you are able to discover all parts of the gorge and its abundant wildlife. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lydfordgorge

Eden Project, Par, St Austell (75 minutes)

The world's largest conservatories, the biggest rainforest in captivity, fascinating events and exhibits and over a million plants. www.edenproject.com