Trago Mills, Devon and Cornwall, A38 – 1 mile from motorway
There are actually three Trago Mills retail parks across Devon and Cornwall, but two of them are right by the A38. If you’ve never been to one before, Trago Mills is the kind of place where you can literally shop for anything. Parking is free and there are toilets too.
But Trago Mills isn’t just a place to shop.
They’re all surrounded by large areas filled with spots to eat and relax. The one in Newton Abbott, Devon, has plenty of leisure activities and rides for younger ones.
Or if you just fancy a walk around to stretch your legs, there are 12 delightful show gardens which will offer some peace and quiet. The Liskeard branch in Cornwall is surrounded by lovely woodlands and there’s plenty of seating areas if you fancy a picnic.
- For Newton Abbot, use postcode TQ12 6JD
- For Liskeard, use postcode PL14 6HY
Lanhydrock National Trust, Cornwall, A38 – 1 mile from motorway
We love a National Trust Estate, and the Lanhydrock country house is a good ‘un.
It’s a magnificent late Victorian country house with lovely gardens, a wooded estate and stunning views. There’s almost 1,000 acres of parkland and woodland to explore. Plus, there’s a few cycle trails too, perfect if you’ve got your bikes with you.
There’s a café situated right next to the car park if you need a quick lunch, a cup of coffee, or a yummy pastry. There’s also a plant centre if you get inspired by your walk around the gardens and want to create your very own garden haven at home.
Unfortunately parking and entrance isn’t free unless you’re a National Trust Member, so it’s £18 for adults and £9 for children, plus a parking fee.