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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 House is several gardens in one, with a beautiful walled garden surrounding the ruins of Buckland's medieval vicarage at its heart. Stroll around the gardens and enjoy a view at every turn. Assistance dogs only.

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. Buckland Abbey, its monastic Great Barn, meadows, orchards and gardens have stood the test of 700 years of history. Lose yourself in the gardens and woodland walks - dog friendly in many areas.

Burrator Reservoir, Near Yelverton (10 minutes)

Burrator  Reservoir 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.

Dartmoor Prison Museum, Princetown (20 minutes)

Unlock the intriguing history of  Dartmoor 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.

Dartmoor Artisan Trail (20 minutes plus)

Discover, arts, craft and food on Dartmoor with the Dartmoor Artisan Trail.

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. 

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

One of the Trust's hidden treasures, the magnificent Georgian Saltram house and its original contents gives a fascinating insight into sophisticated country-estate life. Dog-friendly.

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. 

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 Morwellham Quay and the village is a living and working museum for visitors who can relive its Victorian heyday. 

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. 

Elizabethan House, The Barbican, Plymouth (25 minutes)

Go back in time to the Elizabethan House of Drake's Plymouth and see how a merchant or sea captain might have lived in the 1600s. A great look at a by-gone time.

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. 

Further afield

Cotehele, Saltash – National Trust (40 minutes)

Cotehele is 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. 

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. 

Eden Project, Par, St Austell (75 minutes)

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