Devon - the best of city, coast and country
One of England’s sunniest counties, Devon’s home to surfing lessons on long sandy beaches, hidden coves, wild camping on rugged Dartmoor and leisurely drives along country lanes. Get ready for rolling green fields, clotted cream, fresh crab sandwiches by the harbour and cider in a country pub. Devon really does have everything.
The Marr family, Manchester
With mile upon mile of coastline, moorland and forests, Devon’s natural beauty is hard to beat. Add to that majestic castles, historic houses, exquisite gardens, theme parks, zoos and more.
Devon hosts everything from music, arts and literature festivals to a great range of (sometimes weird and wonderful) traditional celebrations, all-year-round. There’s Croyde’s Goldcoast Oceanfest in June, the Agatha Christie Festival on the English Riviera in September, and the Flaming Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary in November. And whilst you may think of Devon for peace and quiet relaxation, its bigger towns and cities offer great music and nightlife. Find out more
From big brand names to unique boutiques and farm shops, Devon’s great for shopping. Plymouth and Exeter have a great range of high street shops, from boutique outlets to department stores, while try Darts Farm Shopping Village near Topsham is great for more locally-sourced goodies. Find out more
Brimming with producers whose values are based on provenance and quality, Devon’s a great place to eat and to buy outstanding food and drink. Award-winning wines, ciders and apple juice, plus fantastic crab and lobster, rare-breed meat and even homegrown chillis are produced here, and Devon’s restaurants (including Dartmoor’s Gidleigh Park, which has 2 Michelin stars), cafés, delis and farm shops create delicious offerings, making Devon’s food one of the key draws for visitors. Find out more
Thanks to its award-winning beaches and seaside towns, Devon is one of the UK’s top destinations for families. The English Riviera and Woolacombe, are two fantastic examples of ideal coastal destinations. Beyond that expect adventure and theme parks, steam trains, award-winning animal attractions and of course oodles of fresh air and outdoor space. If you’re staying at Bovey Castle, there’s even a dedicated kids’ concierge service. Find out more
Looking for outdoor fun? Try surfing, sailing, sea fishing and pretty much every water sport you can imagine. If you want to keep dry, embark on epic hikes on Dartmoor or take in dramatic views on the coastal paths, then try a spot of cycling, climbing, horseriding or even golf. Ruby fans should stop by Sandy Park in Exeter, a Host City for Rugby World Cup 2015. Find out more
In Devon you can step back in time to explore historic towns and cities such as Plymouth’s seafaring history and Exeter’s magnificent cathedral. Discover seafaring characters like Sir Francis Drake, the settings for novels by Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and a myriad of local myths and legends. There are plenty of fascinating historic buildings too – such as beautiful Knightshayes and fascinating Buckfast Abbey. Find out more
Devon’s best kept secrets? Try Tunnels Beaches in Ilfracombe – family friendly with a great café, and only accessible via a tunnel at low tide. Or Dawlish Warren - brilliant seaside family fun with miles of beach and sand dunes backed by a 500 acre National Nature Reserve and golf course. And then of course there are the pretty towns and villages inland, like Totnes.
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