Best Exeter Kids Things To Do, D. Quayside, Exeter

Best Exeter Kids Things To Do, D. Quayside, Exeter


Quay Climbing Centre is located on Haven Road on the west side of Exeter's Historic Quayside by the Canal Basin. It has 'the South West's largest indoor climbing wall'. (Quay Climbing Centre website)

Note that Clip 'n Climb runs from Quay Climbing Centre. 'We also use our large space to house other activities that are related to or of benefit to climbing. Clip 'n Climb Exeter, an exciting themed climbing adventure for everyone aged 4+ is based in the centre.' (Quay Climbing Centre website)



Try canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding on Exeter Canal and the River Exe.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre. Located on Exeter Quay, Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre offers a huge range of activities including watersports such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and power-boating. Adults, kids and family activities.

AS Watersports. Kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding are among the activities on offer. Again, located on Exeter Quay.

Saddles & Paddles . Another outdoor activity supplier based on Exeter Quay. Hire kayaks and canoes. Note that this is a great place from which to hire bikes to ride the Exe Estuary Trail .

Head to the coast for windsurfing, kite surfing and boat trips.

EXE Adventures (Exe Estuary). Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding are among the activities available on the Exe Estuary and South Devon beaches around Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth.

ExeWake Watersports (Exmouth). South Devon 'watersports school specialising in wakeboarding, waterskiing and inflatable rides'.



The Exe Estuary Trail runs around the edge of the Exe Estuary between Exeter and the South Devon/East Devon coast. Roughly 18 miles (8 miles Exeter to Starcross and its foot ferry. 10 miles from Exmouth to Exeter via Topsham. Measured using Ordnance Survey mapping app). You don't have to do it all. If you have young kids, try the west side of the Exe Estuary between Exeter and The Turf pub. This section is all off-road and safe.

Outside Exeter, Haldon Forest has multiple mountain biking routes and is exceptionally popular with families. There's also a Go Ape!, Go Segway! (trips on segways) and walks.


Boat trips

If possible, also explore the estuary by boat. Try the River Exe Cruise. The trip takes between 1-2 hours and is supplied by Stuart Line Cruises. We took the trip from the Canal Basin on Exeter Quayside.

A ferry runs between Starcross and Exmouth. Other ferries cross the water further up the estuary at Topsham. For example, a ferry runs from Ferry Road in Topsham across to Topsham Lock. Another runs from Topsham across to The Turf pub.


Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM)

Superb place. In addition to telling the story of Exeter and Devon, Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM)  has 'internationally important world cultures and natural history collections'. (Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery official guidebook)


Exeter's Underground Passages

Take a tour along the passages that run under Exeter city centre. Exeter's Underground Passages were used as part of a system to bring fresh water to the city. Kids tend to love this experience but one to avoid if you or your children are claustrophobic.



For theatre, try Exeter Northcott or Exeter Barnfield Theatre.



For a film, head to Vue Cinema, the Exeter Picturehouse and the Odeon Cinema.


Haldon Forest

As mentioned above, Haldon Forest is outside Exeter and is an exceptionally popular family visitor attraction.



Catch a train from Exeter to Exmouth. Exmouth Beach is a huge, long beach running east of the mouth of the Exe Estuary. Sandy Bay Beach is further west and then you come to the glorious pebble beach at Budleigh Salterton.

Alternatively, take a train down the west side of the Exe Estuary to Dawlish Warren. Dawlish Warren Beach is situated west of the mouth of the Exe Estuary. Red Rock Beach is south of Dawlish Warren. Beyond that are Dawlish Beach and Coryton's Cove. See one of our sister sites, Love South Devon, for a list of beaches.



Very popular family adventure park just off the A3052 east of Exeter.



Powderham is located on the west bank of the River Exe Estuary between, roughly speaking, the Turf Hotel and Starcross. Top family attraction. Visit the castle, its gardens and deer park. The walled garden with its play area and pets corner is great for kids.