Places to visit in 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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Try Plymouth's Historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour

An essential first port of call, a bustling community of specialist shops, restaurants, and world-class attractions, all in a picturesque harbourside.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 spectacular Lundy Island

A rare experience is to be found on the beautiful and wild Lundy Island just 12 miles off the North Devon Coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

Location: Lundy, Devon

 

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

 

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

 

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 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

 

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

 

Stretch Your Legs Hiking Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is a walk to remember. Follow a suggested route in the leaflets; join guided walks with an expert, or set yourself a challenge.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Explore naval history at the Royal William Yard

Hop aboard the ferry and enjoy the stunning Plymouth coastline from the water to reach this cultural hotspot.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

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

 
Top station of Lynmouth-Lynton Cliff Railway with views over the coast

9 unmissable experiences in Exmoor

One of England's lesser-known national parks, Exmoor, in the south west, is more than ideal for a short break.

 

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 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

 

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

 

Kayak the River Dart

Have some family water fun in South Devon this summer.

Location: Tuckenhay, Devon

 

Enjoy street food beside the river in Exeter

Choose from an impressive line-up of different cuisines at this regular night market, set against the stunning backdrop of Exeter's historic quayside.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Take to the waters in South Devon

Salcombe’s sheltered estuary makes it the perfect British watersports holiday destination.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

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