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

 

Plan an extravagant getaway to Bovey Castle

Indulge in a extravagant getaway to a chic and welcoming castle perfectly positioned in Dartmoor National Park.

Location: Dartmoor, 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

 

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

 

May events: Tuck into a three day food festival in Exeter

Celebrate the best food and drink from the South West at this event in May.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Discover 2,000 years of history for free on a guided tour

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England on a free Red Coat Guided Tour.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Explore the English Riviera Global Geopark

Spot rare wildlife, go coasteering, and discover stories of drowned forests at South Devon's Global Geopark, a fascinating area with rich historical and geological heritage.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 

Walk the South Devon Coastal Path

The South Devon Coast Path is a chance to discover a huge range of natural and social history, rocky headlands, hidden coves and sandy beaches.

Location: Devon

 

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

 

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

 

Set out on a family cycling break in the Heart of Devon

Enjoy a cycling break with friends or family and discover the windswept scenery of the Exe Estuary, just south of Exeter, and its abundant wildlife.

Location: Exeter and East devon, Devon

 

Take a boat trip for the best view of the Jurassic Coast

Step aboard the Stuart Line Cruise, and see the stunning 250 million year old Jurassic Coast cliffs up close from the sea.

Location: Exmouth, Devon

 

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

 

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

 

Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Pull on your wetsuit and goggles and aim for Thurlestone Rock off the south Devon coast for a really wild swimming adventure.

Location: Thurlestone, Devon

 

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

 

Step into a Jane Austen novel at Hartland Abbey

Visit the historic house and filming locations of classic TV adaptations of Jane Austen and Rosamunde Pilcher novels, and step into the romance.

Location: Hartland, North Devon

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