Uncover millions of years of history on the English Riviera

English Riviera, Devon

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

Devon's history and heritage stretches back an astonishing 400 million years! But it's not just geology that shaped the area's dramatic coastline, as the English Riviera also has plenty of stories of pirates, smugglers and ship wrecks waiting to be told. 

Find out about our ancestors at Kents Cavern, a prehistoric cave 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 for all the family. 

If that doesn't pique your interest, pay a visit to Torre Abbey Historic House and gardens to enjoy the impressive permanent art collection and lively programme of contemporary arts events. 

And don’t miss out on a visit to Cockington, the epitome of a quintessentially English village. There’s a water mill, a 500-year-old forge, a cricket pitch that was once a medieval deer park and Cockington Court - a manor house with luscious gardens and a Craft Centre complete with glassblowers, blacksmiths and, most importantly, a chocolatier.


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