The town of Dartmouth on the River Dart estuary is probably more well known for sailing and celebrity restaurants today, which does not mean to say that there is little to keep children entertained on holiday.
Leave the car behind and take to the either the water or railway track to sample the scenic countryside of South Devon. The Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company operate regular services throughout most of the year from the railway station at Kingswear through the countryside and along the seafront to family friendly Paignton. Alternatively join one of their cruises up the River Dart to Totnes. Ferries also operate to Brixham and Torquay around the coastline.
Alternatively, take control of small motor craft on the river which can be hired from the town quay, and offer the opportunity to explore the small inlets and picture postcard villages on the banks of the river.
In Dartmouth itself, there is less to occupy younger visitors other than to head down to the 600 year old Dartmouth Castle on the mouth of the river. The castle is owned by English Heritage and can be reached by ferry from the town quay.
For family days out, there are a number of ideas within a short car journey. Woodlands Adventure Park is a few miles inland from Dartmouth and offers many rides and activities for children of all ages. The Park has outdoor and indoor rides, with water slides, a pirate boat, animal farm and toddler area all set in acres of woodlands.
Also in the area is Blackpool Sands, a fine shingle cove often photographed in area guides. The beach is run by the Venus Beach Company who look after the site and have an organic cafe onsite and a shop.
For a wider choice of attractions, take either the higher or lower ferry over the river where The English Riviera is only a few miles drive. Here you will find a choice of sandy beaches with good amenities and many attractions including Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village, Splashdown Water Park and Kents Cavern.