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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Spot rare winter birds on the River Exe Estuary

Spot rare winter birds on the River Exe Estuary

During winter the River Exe Estuary bursts with life. Take a guided bird watching cruise to see why the mudflats are as rich as a rainforest.

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

 
Ride with the driver on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

Ride with the driver on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

Enjoy a scenic steam train ride from Paignton to Dartmouth, with a twist.

Location: Paignton, 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

 
Catch some waves at Woolacombe Beach

Catch some waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches, including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

 
Luxurious weekend breaks at Burgh Island Hotel

Luxurious weekend breaks at Burgh Island Hotel

Enjoy a coastal break at this luxurious Art-Deco hotel off the coast of Devon.

Location: Burgh Island, 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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Experience all the fun of a vintage fair

Rainy Day Activities: Experience all the fun of a vintage fair

Visit the largest collection of working vintage fairground rides and world-class fairground art in Britain at this fantastic indoor attraction.

Location: Lifton, Devon

 
Head to The Cary Arms for a luxurious dog friendly getaway

Head to The Cary Arms for a luxurious dog friendly getaway

The Cary Arms is the perfect location for a dog friendly getaway, and with one of the UK’s dog friendly beaches on its door step, dogs can enjoy a paddle all year round.

Location: Babbacombe, Devon

 
Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

Journey back to the 1920s at Coleton Fishacre

A 1920s Art Deco house and garden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Location: Kingswear, 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

 
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

 
Plunder the Markets of Totnes

Plunder the Markets of Totnes

Combining history, alternative therapies, and breathtakingly beautiful countryside, Totnes is a unique and charming market town.

Location: Totnes, Devon

 
Follow themed trails through Haldon Forest Park

Follow themed trails through Haldon Forest Park

Walk, cycle, horse ride, segway or Go Ape at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Cycle through Plymouth and Dartmoor

Cycle through Plymouth and Dartmoor

Plymouth is perfectly positioned for the pedalling visitor on the crossroads of National Cycle Network routes and on the foothills of Dartmoor.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Fall in love with Exeter Cathedral

Fall in love with Exeter Cathedral

Be awed by Exeter Cathedral; a gothic masterpiece and one of the South West's most iconic landmarks, even better when viewed from above.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
 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: 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

 
Go glamping at Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Go glamping at Crealy Theme Park & Resort

Kick back in style at the biggest family theme park in Devon and enjoy unlimited access to exciting rides, indoor play areas and a variety of live shows.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
9 unmissable experiences in Exmoor

9 unmissable experiences in Exmoor

One of England's lesser-known national parks, Exmoor is more than ideal for a short break. From exploring the park by steam train to swimming with seals, here are nine unmissable experiences to have on a weekend break in this secret pocket of the south west.

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