Mixed Weather Activities
Micro-climate or not, we can’t promise year-round sunshine in Devon, so pack a good coat and enjoy a mixture of indoor, outdoor and underground activities. Here are some winter-spring wet weather ideas…
More inside than out…
Otterton Mill – offering a food shop including freshly baked bread, a gift shop and restaurant, this water mill is an ideal place to while away a few hours. Combine with a trip to Sidmouth and enjoy the very picturesque approach to the town as you descend Peak Hill.
Otterton. Winter opening is Tuesday to Sunday.
Bickleigh Mill – a good lunch option and extensive shopping opportunities! This Georgian water mill is next Bickleigh Bridge, which crosses the River Exe and has been said to have inspired Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water!
Bickleigh. Open daily.
Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum – This completely refurbished museum is free to enter and has extensive and varied collections including changing fine art exhibits.
Queen Street, Exeter. Open Tuesday to Sunday.
Exeter Underground Passages – a fascinating introduction to the history of the city. Not for the truly claustrophobic, but otherwise a unique way of avoiding the elements at any time of year. Built to bring drinking water to the city, the 400+ metres of vaulted tunnels includes passages dating back to the 14th century.
Paris Street, Exeter. Open all year. Tours throughout the day. Booking is essential during school holidays. (Closed for maintenance 25 – 29 Jan 2016)
Beer Quarry Caves – 2000 year-old man-made caverns from where Beer stone was supplied for the construction of landmarks including Exeter Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Windsor Castle. These vast caves are high and well-lit, but take a coat because it’s chilly there, even in summer.
Quarry Lane, Beer. Opens 21st March for new season then open daily until end of September. Tours are every hour.