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Your guide to Devon

Devon at a glance:

  • Rolling green countryside
  • Miles of golden sandy beaches
  • Pretty towns and quaint villages
  • Two historic cities
  • A foodie’s paradise with endless tempting treats
  • Home to the beautiful Dartmoor National Park

Your guide to Devon

An incredible county of contrasts, Devon has everything for the perfect getaway: stunning coastline, breath-taking countryside and an abundance of things to see and do.

Whether your perfect escape is lazing on a sun-soaked beach, exploring a grand country house or strolling along the scenic coastal walk, followed by a pint in a cosy country pub, Devon truly has it all.

With its captivating coastline, stunning countryside and superb range of attractions, Devon draws thousands of loyal visitors to the county every year. Both the North and South boast endless clean family-friendly beaches, hidden coves and beautiful scenery, with an abundance of rolling hills and jaw-dropping views.

Devon’s two historic cities – Plymouth and Exeter – offer visitors a wealth of shopping opportunities and sparkling nightlife; whilst its pretty towns provide a cosy retreat for a peaceful getaway. Discover rows of pastel cottages and picture-perfect gardens, dotted between Devon’s traditional tearooms, homely pubs and family-run restaurants that serve fresh, local Devonshire produce. Stop for a delicious Devonshire cream tea, enjoy a pint of local cider or recharge with a Devon crab sandwich, all while surrounded by the beauty of this picturesque location.

 
 
 

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Local Attractions

Cockington Court

Situated in an award-winning country park, Cocking Court is only a mile away from the seafront and boasts over twenty craft studios. This historic manor house is a centre for quality arts and crafts from both local and internationally acclaimed artists. Watch glassblowers create their intricate works of art, see the real blacksmith at work, or visit the chocolatier and choose from the homemade selection of chocolates that are available to purchase.

Kents Cavern

Take a trip back in time and visit Kents Cavern, a significant Stone Age site that was once home to Ice Age occupants. As you wander through the labyrinth of tunnels and caves lined with beautiful stalagmites and stunning stalactites, you’ll learn about the excavators that shaped the cave system, the tools they used and the animals they once hunted so many years ago. After an exciting trip through history, enjoy a tasty lunch or delicious snack in the Firestone Café, which serves fresh food with a distinctive Devonshire twist.

Woolacombe Beach

One of Devon’s most popular beaches, Woolacombe Beach has won many awards and accolades over the years, including the coveted TripAdvisor’s Travellers' Choice Award. A stunning three-mile stretch of golden sands, the beach is well known for its cleanliness, and people travel from miles around to enjoy the sparkling waters. After a wonderful day soaking up the sun, venture into the pretty village of Woolacombe and enjoy a home-cooked Devonshire meal at one of the village’s charming pubs or homely restaurants.

Yarak Birds of Prey

An incredible experience for all ages, Yarak Bird of Prey Centre stands in a beautiful setting and provides its guests with an unforgettable day out. Book either a half day or full day hands-on experience and meet some of these stunning creatures up close and personal with an expert handler as your guide. The centre houses a wonderful selection of falcons, hawks and owls in superb conditions with friendly, knowledgeable staff who treat the inhabitants as part of the family.

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary

Nestled in the East Devonshire countryside, Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary offers its visitors a delightful day out and the opportunity to meet some of the 500 donkeys, mules and hinnies in its care. Donkeys are both intelligent and inquisitive – enjoying the love and attention of the Sanctuary’s visitors who return year after year to admire these gentle creatures. Many are rescue donkeys who were once neglected before they reached the Sanctuary and benefited from its warm, caring environment.

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