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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Look to the night sky on Exmoor

Look to the night sky on Exmoor

This National Park of diverse landscapes, woven together in a rich tapestry, provides inspiration day and night

Location: Exmoor, Devon/Somerset

 
Escape to Salcombe’s tranquil coast

Escape to Salcombe’s tranquil coast

Head to this quintessentially English coastal town where crystal turquoise waters meet golden sand beaches, set against lush green Devonshire hills.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 
Take a trip on one of England’s last horse-drawn barges

Take a trip on one of England’s last horse-drawn barges

Explore the Grand Western Canal on one of England’s last horse drawn barges, and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding Devon countryside.

Location: Tiverton, Devon

 
Take on the Tarka Trail for your next break

Take on the Tarka Trail for your next break

For the challenge of the 'Exmoor Beast' 100km/100m cycle sportive, or a gentle potter along the Tarka Trail with the family, North Devon is the place.

Location: North Devon

 
Uncover millions of years of history on the English Riviera

Uncover millions of years of history on the English Riviera

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

Location: English Riviera, Devon

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Discover Ted Hughes' Dartmoor

Discover Ted Hughes' Dartmoor

Visit the village of North Tawton, follow the scenic Tarka Trail and soak up the sights and sounds which inspired one of England's greatest poets.

Location: Dartmoor, 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

 
Tuck into enjoy fresh seafood on the River Exe Café

Tuck into enjoy fresh seafood on the River Exe Café

Take a water taxi to the River Exe Café, located on a floating pontoon on the Exe Estuary, and sample freshly caught fish dishes.

Location: Exmouth, Devon

 
Be a big cat keeper for a day at Dartmoor Zoo

Be a big cat keeper for a day at Dartmoor Zoo

Join the Big Cat Keepers at Dartmoor Zoo for this hard work, hands on, all day experience.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Discover Dartmoor's myths and legends

Discover Dartmoor's myths and legends

Let your imagination run riot as you visit locations of well known Dartmoor legends.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 
Cycle alongside the Exe Estuary

Cycle alongside the Exe Estuary

Jump on a bike to explore the beautiful Exe Estuary, taking in the lovely scenery, villages and landscapes along a 26 mile-long route.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Test your Bravery and Try Sleeping with Sharks

Test your Bravery and Try Sleeping with Sharks

Are you brave enough to spend the night with sharks at the National Marine Aquarium?

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Explore the murderous locations behind Agatha Christie's books

Explore the murderous locations behind Agatha Christie's books

Explore the places in the English Riviera and South Devon that inspired Agatha Christie’s well-known books, following the trail to her favourite spots.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 
Explore the cobbled lanes of Clovelly

Explore the cobbled lanes of Clovelly

This ancient fishing village clings to the cliffs on the North Devon coast and tells a magical tale of living history.

Location: Clovelly, North Devon

 
May events: Learn from food experts at Salcombe Crab Festival

May events: Learn from food experts at Salcombe Crab Festival

Love seafood? Salcombe’s delicious crab celebration should be right at the top of your things to do in Devon list.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 
Get the teenagers active on an action-packed family break

Get the teenagers active on an action-packed family break

Enjoy a weekend of abseiling, cycling and horse riding and country walks with the whole family on the moor.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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