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    Why we love Devon

    Hugging the south-west, Devon is a playground for adventurers, explorers and lovers of food and drink. With around 120 picturesque sandy beaches, it offers the perfect place to pitch a picnic stocked with locally sourced foods. Its crystal waters offer decent surf, while its towering cliff-side walks hark back to the fossilised Jurassic south.

    From medieval towns to cute seaside villages, there’s a slice of paradise waiting for you. Whether you’re a walker, a cyclist or a wheelchair user, fancy a dip, a flop or even a trek with a lama, washed up with a fat menu of local treats and sleep under the stars, Devon has it all.

    Things to do in Devon

    A surfing, hiking and coasteering paradise, this north Devon seaside resort offers endless outdoor entertainment.

    Hit the beach at Croyde Bay
    Couple carrying surfboards and wearing wet suits on beach
    Croyde Bay

    This historic garden has a treat for all ages – with a mini railway, countryside museum and spectacular glasshouses.

    Get your tickets for Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
    Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
    Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

    This historic Gothic cathedral boasts glorious stained-glass windows and decorative stonework and offers a wide range of tours.

    Plan your visit to Exmoor Cathedral
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    Exeter Cathedral

    Relax at this mindfulness retreat centre, set in beautiful gardens with restorative views of the Dart Valley.

    Find peace at Sharpham House
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    Sharpham House

    This south Devon island was made famous by the crime-writer Agatha Christie and features an Art Deco-inspired hotel.

    Book your stay at Burgh Island
    Burgh Island
    Burgh Island

    For an all in one cultural experience, discover Plymouth and the South West’s museum, art gallery and archive.

    Get into culture at The Box
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    The Box

    Dive into the UK’s largest aquarium in Plymouth for an underwater exploration like no other, spy sea creatures and take a watery journey round the world’s oceans.

    Explore the National Marine Aquarium
    Spring-National Marine Aquarium
    National Marine Aquarium

    A surfing, hiking and coasteering paradise, this north Devon seaside resort offers endless outdoor entertainment.

    Hit the beach at Croyde Bay
    Couple carrying surfboards and wearing wet suits on beach
    Croyde Bay

    This historic garden has a treat for all ages – with a mini railway, countryside museum and spectacular glasshouses.

    Get your tickets for Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
    Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
    Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

    This historic Gothic cathedral boasts glorious stained-glass windows and decorative stonework and offers a wide range of tours.

    Plan your visit to Exmoor Cathedral
    IMG_874__S8A5408 Exeter Cathedral Sebastian Christopher
    Exeter Cathedral

    Relax at this mindfulness retreat centre, set in beautiful gardens with restorative views of the Dart Valley.

    Find peace at Sharpham House
    IMG_875_Coach House retreatants connect with the rewilding area at The Sharpham Trust 01
    Sharpham House

    This south Devon island was made famous by the crime-writer Agatha Christie and features an Art Deco-inspired hotel.

    Book your stay at Burgh Island
    Burgh Island
    Burgh Island

    For an all in one cultural experience, discover Plymouth and the South West’s museum, art gallery and archive.

    Get into culture at The Box
    Awaiting image
    The Box

    Dive into the UK’s largest aquarium in Plymouth for an underwater exploration like no other, spy sea creatures and take a watery journey round the world’s oceans.

    Explore the National Marine Aquarium
    Spring-National Marine Aquarium
    National Marine Aquarium

    Places to stay in Devon

    Brixham

    A cute harbour-side town in South Devon, where you can feast on freshly caught fish every day. It offers waterfront walks, a scenic beach and an outdoor Art Deco lido, Shoalstone Pool.

    Croyde 

    With its picture-perfect beach is perfect for surfers and those looking to learn or just soak up the vibe, complete with on-shore winds and Atlantic swells.
     

    Totnes

    A pretty little bohemian enclave set on the River Dart, where artists, musicians and lovers of all things organic and lots of independent shops and fair-trade cafés.

    Explore nearby

    An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture and green spaces.

    Picadilly Circus underground station

    Cool creative Bristol is a must-see for art, culture and action-packed adventure.

    Firework in the evening, illuminated hot air balloons on the ground at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

    A wellness retreat for the Romans and Georgian architecture around every corner.

    Woman swimming in a swimming pool at a spa

    Getting to Devon

    Devon is well served by trains from all over the country, and many of the routes are very picturesque, making it a great way to travel. The two main lines from London are from Paddington and Waterloo. You can also drive here: the M5 runs from Exeter and the M4 from Bristol. You can also get her by coaches from Exeter, Tiverton and Plymouth and others.

    By air

    There are flights from many UK airports to Exeter International Airport including Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and the Channel Islands.

    There are also plenty of international flights from Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and Geneva and others, as well as long-haul including Toronto.

    Getting around

    One of the best ways to get around is using the public transport network, from coach, train and bus. There’re taxis too.

    By train

    Trains are a perfect way to enjoy sustainable travel and soak up some pretty fabulous views too.  Great Western Railway (GWR) operate a number of journeys across Devon from over 270 destinations by train.

    By bus

    The bus service is extensive across Devon with plenty of chances to link to smaller routes.

    By taxi

    Readily available. Probably best to ask your accommodation provider for details.

    By coach

    There are National Express and MegaBus links to lots of UK towns and cities as well as various locations across Devon.

    By bike

    Peddle power is the perfect way to access some of the best of the county’s natural heritage as well as its areas of Natural Beauty. Devon has a host of wonderful cycle routes, many of which are connected to the main cycle network and range in length and difficulty.

    Want to know more?

    Check out Visit Devon for the top inside tips and travel inspirations.