Lying on England’s South West coast is Devon. Here, you’ll find natural beauty, incredible sandy beaches, inspiring cliffs, gorgeous fishing lakes, quaint villages, medieval towns and stunning national parks. It’s no surprise that it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. In fact, it’s often called the English Riviera.
Accommodation here is just as impressive with luxury lodges with hot tubs, open plan and pet-friendly holiday cottages and a range of holiday homes with impressive master bedrooms and en-suites. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday park, want a vibrant group getaway in North Devon or dream of a romantic trip, there’s a Devon holiday for you.
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Coastal, countryside and quaint British towns - these are the best places to go in Devon.
Best for: A cultural city feel
If you’re looking for everything that a UK city offers but with something a little special, choose Exeter. This ancient city dates back to the Roman era and boasts incredible city walls and a Gothic Cathedral. In terms of activities, choose from museum tours, exploration underground or marvel at the local gardens. There’s also lots of restaurants and bars for the foodies amongst you.
Best for: Its food and drink
Fast becoming one of the area’s best-placed foodie destinations, the seaside town of Torquay is nicknamed the English Riviera. Head to the marina where you’ll find the freshest seafood on offer. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s lots of watersports activities to try too but equally as impressive is a slow jaunt around the town. Dartmoor National Park is also close by.
Best for: Lots of activities
Situated on the banks of the River Dart is Dartmouth. Popular with families of all ages, here, the streets are lined with cafes, bars, restaurants and shops and lots of activities. With many events taking place throughout the year, Dartmouth is a great choice - whatever the season. Plus, its rich maritime heritage means there’s always something happening down by the waterside.
Best for: A traditional seaside break
In North Devon lies Ilframcobe - a popular seaside resort that is surrounded by cliffs. Here, you’ll find everything you’d expect from a coastal resort as well as plenty of walking routes that are dog-friendly. Adventure up the paths, take in the views and, of course, stop at one of the many beach cafes to refuel.
Best for: Incredible views
Often dubbed as one of the loveliest places to holiday in England, Salcombe lies within Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s built on the banks of the Kingsbridge Estuary meaning it boasts some of the best views around. Find a spot at one of the many coastal cafes, explore the area on foot or head into the water and make unforgettable memories.
From coastal trails to countryside adventures, Devon is home to a varied landscape with just as varied walks.
Walk length: Five miles
Exeter Riverside and Western Skyline Walk is a gentle circular route that passes through the city of Exeter. Along the way, the paths are surfaced and flat making it ideal for pushchairs and dogs. A great choice whatever the weather, there’s also lots of cafes and restaurants for the perfect pitstop.
Walk length: Two miles
Daddyhole Plain walk might be short but it’s got a relatively steep incline and a few steps so unfortunately it’s not suitable for everyone. It’ll take you around one of the area’s limestone plateau and provides fantastic views of the harbour and bay. You’ll also head through a wildlife conservation area so be sure to look for any native animals.
Walk length: One and a half miles
Dartmouth Town Trail is a great way to explore what this quaint town has to offer. Boasting lots of history and interesting tales along the way, kids are sure to love finding out about the local pirates, merchants, kings and fishermen. If you do want to make it longer, you can continue up the South West Coast Path too.
Walk length: One and a half miles
If you’re looking for incredible sea views, the Ilfracombe Torrs walk won’t disappoint. Zig-zag your way up high and discover the beauty that was carved into the cliff faces by Victorians. The route does have a steep incline so isn’t suitable for everyone but there’s plenty of cafes close by that they can wait in.
Walk length: Four and a half miles
The Bolt Head Walk is a fantastic way to discover Salcombe’s dramatic coast. Look out to sea, adventure around the jagged rocks, take in the valley views and don’t forget to look out for some local wildlife as you head past Salcombe Estuary. Dogs are allowed on this route but be sure to keep them on a lead.
Whether you want to sit back and relax or enjoy a day of watersports, these are some of the best beaches in Devon to get a spot at.
Just nine miles from Exeter is the Blue Flag Dawlish Warren Beach. It’s very popular in the summer so you might want to get here early as visitors flock from all over to see the red sandstone rock. Lifeguards patrol the seas from May to September too so you can have extra peace of mind.
Address: Beach Rd, Dawlish EX7 0NF
Officially one of the area’s cleanest beaches, award-winning Breakwater is a favourite for couples, families and individuals. Spend your days on the sand, stop for lunch at one of the nearby harbour restaurants and why not try your hand at scuba diving? The area has a number of dive schools and these waters are some of the warmest and calmest in Britain.
Address: Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9AF
Sugary Cove is one of Dartmouth's two secluded beaches that can be reached when the tide is out. Dogs are allowed too and there’s plenty of picnic benches close by meaning you can really make a day out of it. Other than that, you won’t find much else on the sands - apart from a Tea Room and Dartmouth Castle around 100m away.
Address: S W Coast Path, Dartmouth TQ6 0JN
Tunnels Beach is truly unique. In fact, it’s accessed via tunnels that were built by the Victorians. Once you arrive, you’ll see two beaches - one to be used for men, the other for women. Today though, it’s mixed and there’s also a sea-water swimming pool to enjoy.
Address: Bath Pl, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8AN
Nestle next to the Bolt Head lies Soar Mill Cove Beach - a remote and tiny sandy beach. It can only be accessed via foot or boat from Salcombe. While it might take a little extra effort to get there, it’s well worth it. Dogs are also allowed meaning the whole family is invited.
Address: Bolberry Down Car Park (National Trust), Kingsbridge, South Devon, TQ7 3DY
Discover the grandeur of Exeter Cathedral, a breathtaking masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Marvel at its intricate carvings, stained glass windows, and ancient artifacts. Attend a service or enjoy a guided tour to learn about its fascinating history. Don't miss the stunning views from the rooftop.
Address: 1 The Cloisters, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HS
Discover the enchanting Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum! Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this Georgian mansion and explore the impressive collection of carriages. With beautiful gardens and scenic walks, it's a perfect day out for nature lovers.
Address: Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP