Devon

A moorland National Park that goes on forever and miles of heritage coast topped and tailed by riviera coastline define the southwest county of Devon. You and your family will never tire of rolling hills dotted with thatched cottages, and dramatic coastlines with cliff-edged bays and elegant Georgian towns like Torquay straight from an Agatha Christie crime caper. With so many places in Devon to explore, we recommend you pack picnics for every day out. The hours will disappear exploring rock pools and smugglers’ caves. Another attraction is the dolphins somersaulting off sweeping beaches. Then there are the famous Devonshire teas – oven-warm scones, sticky strawberry jam and dollops of clotted cream. Need we say more?

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A moorland National Park that goes on forever and miles of heritage coast topped and tailed by riviera coastline define the southwest county of Devon. You and your family will never tire of rolling hills dotted with thatched cottages, and dramatic coastlines with cliff-edged bays and elegant Georgian towns like Torquay straight from an Agatha Christie crime caper. With so many places in Devon to explore, we recommend you pack picnics for every day out. The hours will disappear exploring rock pools and smugglers’ caves. Another attraction is the dolphins somersaulting off sweeping beaches. Then there are the famous Devonshire teas – oven-warm scones, sticky strawberry jam and dollops of clotted cream. Need we say more?

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Explore the stately rooms of Powderham Castle

Explore the stately rooms of Powderham Castle

Step inside Powderham Castle; home to the 18th Earl of Devon, built by Sir Philip Courtenay in 1391 and one of England's finest stately homes.

Location: Kenton, Exeter, Devon

 
Step back in time on a heritage visit to Dartmoor

Step back in time on a heritage visit to Dartmoor

Become immersed in Dartmoor’s heritage as you explore its historic attractions, a modern day castle and old stannary town.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 
Visit The Mayflower Steps & Museum

Visit The Mayflower Steps & Museum

Stand with your own feet on the Mayflower Steps, which mark the approximate location from which the Pilgrim Fathers embarked upon The Mayflower for the final time, in the year 1620.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
August events: Ooh and aah at the British Firework Championships

August events: Ooh and aah at the British Firework Championships

This summer, enjoy the British Firework Championships whilst surrounded by wonderful panoramic views of Plymouth Hoe.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
December events: Find the perfect gift at the Exeter Christmas Market

December events: Find the perfect gift at the Exeter Christmas Market

The Exeter Christmas Market represents the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations.

Location: Exeter

 
Follow Sherlock Holmes around Dartmoor

Follow Sherlock Holmes around Dartmoor

Visit the eerie place that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write Hound of the Baskervilles.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 
Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

With numerous famous artworks and historical artefacts on display, the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a must-see indoor attraction in the heart of Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Join in the shenanigans this summer at one of Brixham’s fantastic pirate days for adults and children.

Location: Brixham, Devon

 
Let Plymouth bring out your adventurous streak

Let Plymouth bring out your adventurous streak

Plymouth provides the perfect place for adventurers, with water sports, scuba diving, climbing walls, cycle paths, walks and boat trips.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Explore a wild playground in Exmoor

Explore a wild playground in Exmoor

Cycle past ancient sights and ramble amongst towering trees on a walking or cycling holiday spent exploring two National Parks.

Location: Exmoor & Quantock Hills, Devon

 
Discover Salcombe’s rich maritime and WWII history

Discover Salcombe’s rich maritime and WWII history

From its rich maritime and wartime history to Otto Overbeck’s ‘electrical rejuvenator’, Salcombe is filled with historic gems.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 
Soak up the seaspray in Exmoor

Soak up the seaspray in Exmoor

Get ready for a thrill-seeking break spent kayaking or coasteering around Exmoor's dramatic landscapes.

Location: Exmoor National Park, Devon /Somerset

 
Walk alongside donkeys in Clovelly Village

Walk alongside donkeys in Clovelly Village

Take a peek back in time as you wander the historical fishing village of Clovelly in North Devon.

Location: Clovelly, Devon

 
Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Devon has provided inspiration for a host of literary greats down the centuries. Many of them lived in Devon, or stayed to be inspired for a time.

Location: Exmoor, Lynton & Lynmouth, Taw and Torridge estuaries, Braunton Burrows, Morte Point

 
 Head to Salcombe for butterscotch beaches and electric blue water

Head to Salcombe for butterscotch beaches and electric blue water

A haven for yachties and those who prefer to keep their deck shoes firmly on dry land.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 
Rainy Day Activities: Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Rainy Day Activities: Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

At one of Plymouth's oldest indoor attractions, see first hand how Plymouth's unique smooth gin is made.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail

Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail

Wander the South West Coast Path and see the trail that allowed officials to catch smugglers in their coves and hideouts.

Location: Somerset

 
Take time for yourself at Tinside Lido

Take time for yourself at Tinside Lido

Take a dip in the 1930s art deco outdoor Tinside Lido, where you can go for a dip or relax with a snack.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Wake up early for a totally worth it tour of Brixham Fish Market

Wake up early for a totally worth it tour of Brixham Fish Market

An early morning visit to Brixham's famous fish market is the most authentic way to experience coastal life in the southwest of England.

Location: Brixham, Devon

 
Enjoy wine tasting in the heart of Devon

Enjoy wine tasting in the heart of Devon

Discover award-winning wine produced in the beautiful Devon countryside and enjoy a tasting in the picturesque estuary town of Topsham, near Exeter.

Location: Topsham, Devon

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