Top 10 Destinations in Devon
One of the UK's most beautiful villages, Clovelly is a picturesque, privately-owned fishing village in the Hartland Peninsula, North Devon. Built into the side of the steep, wooded coastline, there are exceptional views and coastal walks. At the bottom of the village, there's a classic West Country fishing harbour from which the views back up the hillside are magnificent.
Rich in maritime history, Plymouth is one of the most important naval ports in UK history, and is said to be where Sir Francis Drake was playing bowls when the Spanish Armada was first sighted in 1588. This city's maritime history can be explored at ease alongside its impressive modern buildings. Take a walk round the streets surrounding the university to fully appreciate the architecture.
Brixham is another harbour town with its own rustic charm. It is a popular destination for tourists visiting the surrounding area of Torbay and is an ideal place to spend a relaxed day on the harbour front with a drink in hand watching the boats drifting by. Brixham's historic port is one of the busiest commercial fishing ports in the country as dozens of trawlers unload their catch of squid, crabs, lobster, mussels and plaice each day.
One of Devon's most beautiful villages, Beer's main street runs down towards a unique and much photographed beach. This beach is simply stunning and its small arc of pebbles set beneath the high while rock cliffs can be best viewed from Beer Jubilee Memorial Ground. A highly active and lively fishing industry operated in the village which really enhances the culture and local attitudes.
Topsham is an attractive town on the Exe estuary in England's West Country. Now part of Exeter, it nevertheless maintains a distinctive identity. Loved by its locals and savoured by those who visit, Topsham offers river walks, wildlife, a Saturday morning market and many characterful shops.
Ilfracombe is part of the Devonshire coastline hosting some of the best beaches in the country including Putsborough, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe. If visiting for the first time, there's a viewing point in the centre of town by the beach and theatre that offers an exceptional 360° view of Ilfracombe and its coastline.
4) Dartmoor National Park
Fringed by some of the most stunning gorges, wooded valleys and cleaves in England, the park is far from the stereotype of bleak, wet moorland. Dartmoor ponies roam the moors and hikers pound its trails. Visit in Spring and early Summer to see wild flowers in full bloom along its gorges and ancient woods.
Exeter is Devon's capital, a vibrant city with lots to offer for a fantastic weekend city break in the South West. Exeter Cathedral is a stand-out landmark, with its vaulted ceiling (the longest in the world) and magnificent interior, accompanied by the city's vibrant centre including the very attractive Princesshay shopping centre and other historic buildings.
One of the South West's most beautiful and popular destinations on the bank of the Kingsbridge estuary, it has excellent beaches and sailing opportunities with plenty of restaurants and pubs. If you're looking for day trips from Salcombe, head west to Bantham Beach or Bigbury-on-Sea or climb to the summit of Burgh Island for memorable views.
Dartmouth is, unquestionably, one of the UK's finest towns. Lining the south bank of the Dart Estuary, with exceptional views across water to its marina and Kingswear, Dartmouth has a rich history and remarkable natural beauty. There are plenty of boat trips available from the marina or try out the Castle ferry for the local experience. Be sure to jump on the famous steam train between Paignton and Dartmouth too!