Uncover 400 Million Years of Heritage

English Riviera, Devon

The English Riviera is steeped in rich seafaring history, with stories of pirates, smugglers and shipwrecks waiting to be uncovered.

Devon heritage stretches back an astonishing 400 million years, all the way beyond the Devonian period! However, it’s not just geology that has shaped the area's dramatic coastline,  the English Riviera is also steeped in seafaring history, and stories of pirates, smugglers and ship wrecks are all waiting to be told. 

Find out about our ancestors at Kents Cavern, a prehistoric cave and the place where a human fossil dating back 41,000 years was unearthed. This spectacular attraction also stages underground ghost tours, concerts and plays – all of which make for a memorable experience in a unique setting. 

Pay a visit to Torre Abbey Historic House and gardens and enjoy the impressive permanent art collection and lively programme of contemporary arts events. 

Explore picturesque gardens, with exotic and exciting plants and even some mysteries to be solved. And don’t miss Cockington, the epitome of a quintessentially English village. Everything about this place screams history. There’s a water mill, a 500-year-old forge, a cricket pitch that was once a medieval deer park and Cockington Court - manor house with luscious gardens and a Craft Centre complete with glassblowers, blacksmiths and a chocolatier.


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