Devon Things to Do

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Devon Things to Do

  • Blue flag beach!

    Woolacombe in North Devon is a nice seaside town with a huge sandy beach which stretches south for about 2 miles. The beach is popular with surfers and families and there are plenty of facilities and parking.

  • Exeter cathedral

    One of the excellent finds at Exeter cathedral was looking down at the floor and seeing the gravestone of Flora MacDonalds grandson - unaware that he is buried there. Flora is famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charles to escape from the Isle of Skye and with us being of Scottish roots and keen to savour the essence of history during our first visit...

  • Visit the Jurassic Coast

    no sightings of dinosaurs or Steven Spielberg roaming around - but this 95 miles stretch of coast between Exmouth and Studland Bay became England's first World Heritage site because of the geological records discovered here.Fossils have been found here thought to represent the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods - which together form the...

  • Beer on the beach for breakfast!!

    Ha ha - Beer for breakfast!! This delightful town on the Devon coast called Beer has nothing to do with beer to drink but the old English word 'bearu' meaning small wood. And indicating the small village and fishing port that is nestled in a small woody cove. A good friend and I were having a few days driving around Devon from Dorset and found a...

  • Torquay

    Torquay the largest resort in Devon is located in an area known as the English Riviera on the northern promontory of Torbay, it has good beaches, exciting attractions, an excellent nightlife and it’s well known palm trees that line the promenade. The town is also suitable for the mature traveller with its grand hotels and small guest houses a great...

  • Visit Burgh Island,South Devon,England

    A small tidal island just off the South Devon coast in England.The nearest seaside village is Bigbury-On-The-Sea, and it is here that i spent several holidays as a youngster.I enjoyed this area so much that over the years have returned several times.The island is some 270 yards from the mainland and at low tide is approachable by foot.At high tide...

  • Totnes

    Totnes is a market town located at the head of the estuary of the River Dart, it is a historical town where past and present have been closely interwoven. Must see sights include: Totnes Castle, the Church of St Mary, Eastgate, the Leechwell and the Butterwalk to name but a few.June 2012See My Travel Page for more information.

  • Teignmouth

    Teignmouth is an historic and current port located at the mouth of the Teign estuary. It is a small town that is easy to walk around with a handful of chain stores surrounded by many interesting smaller shops. Teignmouth also has all the attractions of a seaside town, including a Victorian pier, a promenade, cliff walks, an outdoor swimming pool,...

  • Paignton

    Paignton, along with Torquay and Brixham, make up the three towns of Torbay, the "English Riviera". Paignton the central town is known for its long sandy and child friendly beaches; the town has also developed as a lively fun centre with its summertime seafront illuminations.Must see sights include: Paignton Zoo and the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam...

  • Newton Abbot

    Newton Abbot is a busy market town that located near the south coast of Devon, the market dates back to 1220.Must see sights include: the Alexandra Theatre, St Leonards Tower, Forde House, Bradley manor, the Passmore Edwards Public Library, the Workhouse, Tucker’s Maltings, Ye Olde Cider Bar and the Town Museum.June 2012See My Travel Page for more...

  • Moretonhampstead

    Moretonhampstead is an ancient market town that is located virtually in the centre of Devon and sits on the north-eastern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. It is a town with over 1,000 years of history starting as a small Saxon settlement in approximately 700 A.D. in fact the town name is derived from the Saxon word “Mortun” meaning “an enclosed...

  • Dawlish

    Dawlish is a resort located on the south coast of Devon and is not only known for its sands and cliff scenery, but also the railway line running between the beach and the town. In the centre of Dawlish is the Lawn, an attractive garden laid out on each side of Dawlish Water (aka The Brook). A great attraction in the town is the Black Swans which...

  • Dartmouth

    Dartmouth is a town set on the banks of the River Dart estuary and is made up of ancient narrow streets house boutique shops, art galleries & delicatessens. The town is also home to the Britannia Royal Naval College and is linked to the village of Kingswear, on the other side of the River Dart, by two car ferries and one passenger ferry.June...

  • Dartmoor National Park

    Dartmoor National Park covers an area of 368 square miles and is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England. With over 450 miles of public rights of way, there is also an abundance of walking routes to suit all tastes and abilities. The Moor is divided by two main roads into the Northern and Southern Moors. The Northern Moor...

  • Killerton - A Fascinating Day Out From...

    For a family day out from Exeter the former Stately Home of the wealthy Acland family, Killerton, is well worth a visit. The house and its gardens was built in 1778 by Sir Thomas Acland, a Devon landowner and businessman, initially as a temporary residence but became the family home for the next 165 years.In 1944 the head of the family was the peer...

  • Brixham

    The picturesque fishing port of Brixham's main claim to fame is that William of Orange landed here in 1688 with his Dutch army to become King William III of England, an event marked by his statue. Wander around the harbour-side gift shops, watch the fishermen unloading their daily catches of plaice, Dover sole, lobster and shellfish, try the...

  • Bovey Tracey

    Bovey Tracey is located on the south-east edge of the Dartmoor National Park which is the largest area of open country in southern Britain and is called “The Gateway to Dartmoor”. The town lies in the valley of the River Bovey from where it gets part of its name, Tracey is from the de Tracey family who were the Norman lords of the manor.June...

  • Torre Abbey Historic House & Gardens

    I need to start this review by mentioning that it is now closed for restoration work until 2013/2014. I didnt know this until just now so apologies. However, if you like to plan well ahead then you should add this to your itinerary. Torre Abbey is located in Torquay in devon. It is right on the coast and is near to Torquay itself. I walked from...

  • Plymouth

    Plymouth is the largest of Devon’s cities and regional capital of Devon and Cornwall. It is also famous as a great sea port and from its association with Sir Francis Drake. A great deal of the nation’s seafaring history has evolved from or revolved around Plymouth.July 2011

  • Devon Pubs - A Very Short Intro!

    Devon as a county embraces an amazing diversity of stunning scenery, from the bleakness of Dartmoor to the wide sandy beaches of the English Riviera, the lush rural interior contrasting with the wave-lashed cliffs of its coastlines. Diverse too are the pubs, ranging from cavernous chain-owned city centre trendy bars with their chrome and plastic,...

  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art...

    This is a facinating place, so allow plenty of time. Near the Harliquins shopping centre in Queen Street, the museum has many objects from all over the world. Admission is free & opening hours are from 10am to 5pm except Sundays & bnak holidays. Some of the gallaries on show are:ArchaeologyCeramicsClocks, watches and timekeepingFine...

  • Paignton Zoo

    Paignton zoo is very interesting place to visit. We were staying in Teignmouth when we decided to come & visit. We caught a bus from The Triangle to Torquay Harbour, here you change bus’s. There’s usually one which drops off at the zoo direct, it’s an open top bus which stop’s at Paignton bus station before carrying onto the zoo. If you don’t want...

  • Torbay

    Torbay on the south Devon coast, it is really a collective of 3 towns Torquay, Paignton & Brixham also 2 villages, Cockington & Galmpton.Torbay is also known as the English Riviera, the collective name of Torbay relates to Tor Bay the name of the bay these towns & villages sit on.Very much a tourist area, thousands of young foreign students flock...

  • Beaches of Torbay

    Quite a selection of beaches in Torbay. Brixham beaches like Fishcombe & breakwater are pebbly there is also a sea water swimming pool called shoalstone.Paignton beaches are mostly sandy, the most popular being Goodrington & Broadsands there is also a large beach with a pier at Paignton town. Torquay has a mixure of both types, the main Torquay...

  • Cockington

    Cockington is a beautiful "Olde Worlde" thatched cottage village, There is a wonderful country park here, with 3 lakes surrounded by mature plants, 12th century church, court house, cricket ground, glass makers, pretty walled rose garden.The village square is surrounded by thatched buildings, the forge, old school house, granary etc. You can get a...

  • Dartmouth

    Dartmouth is located in far south of Devon and not far from Torbay.I suspect that many people think of the Dartmouth in the US or Canada, however the original Dartmouth is here!!Dartmouth is at the end of the trail of the River Dart from Dartmoor. It has a rich 1000 year old history, evident from the buildings around the town. The Royal Britannia...

  • Cockington Village, Torquay

    Cockington Village is an olde world horse and cart village in Torquay, set about 1-2 km from Livermead Beach and a 2-3 km from the top of town.There is a beautiful old church circa 1000-1200 next to Cockington Court.In the summer there are beautiful walks around a series of man made lakes (these are not grand, however they are set within a wooded...

  • Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay

    This is the main beach on Torquay Sea Front.The firm sand is ideal for making sand castles yet still soft enough to make it pleasant to walk on.The tides in Torquay will cover the entire beach twice over a 24 hour period. In this picture there is no sand to see :-(Facilities: Ample parking; Dogs banned; swimming, safe with care; warning flags in...

  • Clovelly

    Clovelly is a very well preserved touristic village right on the coast. There is one steep road going down to the sea. Left and right of this road are cottages/houses with shops and art & crafts things as well as examples about how life was at the turn of the last century.Luckily there is jeep service up so you dont have to walk all the way back...

  • Arlington Court

    As you might know the countryside is dotted with estates and manors. Arlington Court, formerly owned by the family Chichester ,is one off them which is open to public and has wonderfull Vicotrian gardens. Its now owned by the National Trust.The inside has some nice style chambers which show you how things were in the old days in this case the...

  • Berry Pomeroy Castle

    Berry Pomery Castle are castle ruins near Totnes. It lies a bit remote in a forest, near the small village Berry Pomeroy. The castle was built in the late 15th century as a fortified house, with strong defences including a gatehouse and towers. In the 16the century however the castle was turned into a magnificent mansion, with large windows which...

  • Lydford Gorge

    Lydford Gorge is Devon's deepest gorge and is found at the western edge of the Dartmoor National Park. It's a wonderful place for walking and we enjoyed the two-hour circuit much!There are two (free) car parks with tea rooms at both ends of the gorge. The first one (when coming from the village) is next to the Devils Cauldron, the second one near...

  • Okehampton Castle

    Okehampton Castle is a nice ruined castle from the 11th century, located at the Okement River at the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. You can get a first impression already from the street that passes that castle and I was surprised to hear that it once had been the largest castle in Devon. But from the hill you can get a good idea how...

  • Ilfracombe

    Ilfracombe is a resort at the north coast of Devon. It's pretty hilly, with narrow streets - we had some fun driving to our hotel! The coast there is very nice, rocky again, and from the Capstone Hill you have a great view on the town and the coast. The view only was disturbed by the Landmark Theatre which looks pretty ugly in my opinion!...

  • Lynton & Lynmouth

    Lynton and Lynmouth are towns in the Exmoor National Park in the north of Devon. While Lynmouth is located at the sea between some cliffs, Lymmouth is located at the top of the cliffs. Both towns are connected by a Cliff Railway, a water powered lift.The South West Coast Path passes this area, and the coastline there is really great, with its...

  • Crealy Great Adventure Park

    Crealy is a theme park near Exeter in Devon. It has several realms, outdoor activities and attractions, including a rollercoaster, log flume, pirate ship, animal areas and lots of big indoor activity and play areas. It is ideal for younger families as there are lots of rides and areas that are aimed at children from toddlers upwards. They...

  • The South West Coast Path - An Overview

    When I first considered writing this little tip I was going to put it under "Off The Beaten Path" but doing a little background research I discover that the South West Coastal Path is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every year. That makes it a pretty-well-beaten path!The SWCP is Britain's longest footpath; following the coastline for 630...

  • The Tarka Trail - A Taste of Devon's...

    To my mind there is a lot more to visiting a place than simply the destination and yet many of the people who come to visit Devon do so by car and then spend their time here driving to the places that they want to visit. This is all very well and fine if you are in a hurry to try and "take in" as much as possible in the time you have available but...

  • The North Devon Festival

    The North Devon Festival takes place during the whole month of June every year with an incredibly diverse range of events on offer ranging from a day learning the basics of dry stone walling to international theatre and musical events along with a wealth or other activities: sport, visual arts, environmental, dance, food and even a beer festival at...

  • Dartmoor prison Heritage Centre

    It is a while since I visited the imposing outside of Darmoor Prison, on Dartmoor, that bleak and wild area in Devon, but I did pick up a leaflet of the Heritage Museum whilst last visiting Devon. Unfortunately did not have time to go back to Dartmoor, but am giving you information, just in case you are able to visit the area. The museum is unique...

  • The Tarka Line "Rail Ale Trail" :-)))

    Now here's a perfect combination of two of the favourite things I love about travelling - a scenic rail trip and BEER! The Tarka Line is the winding single-track railway between Exeter and Barnstaple providing access to the stunning beauty of the North Devon "Tarka Country" which provides the setting for Henry Williamson's novel "Tarka The Otter"....

  • Hiking in Dartmoor National Park

    Since we had finally been able to sample Exmoor National Park on our drive down to Devon, on our return drive to London, I decided to take the scenic route and cut directly across the middle of Devon's other National Park, Dartmoor, on our route to Exeter. We had never been this way before and we were both very impressed with the countryside in...

  • Exmoor National Park

    Exmoor National Park takes a bit of driving to get to, due to it's location along the north coast of both Devon and Somerset. The western part of the park lies within Devon and includes not only moorlands and forests but also a very impressive coastline. England's highest cliff, the 800-ft Great Hangman is located here, not far from Coombe Martin...

  • Dartmoor - Myth & History

    Explore my Dartmoor pages Over the past 12,000 years man has hunted, farmed, mined, hewn and lived on and around Dartmoor. From the early Mesolithic hunter gatherers to the modern day 'moorman', humans have left their marks on its landscape. Dartmoor has been described as the 'last wilderness' and sometimes when walking deep in that 'wilderness'...

  • Explore the Moor > Exmoor

    Below are links to my other pages of lovely Devon - Happy Exploring :) Exmoor To understand the present appearance of Exmoor we must go back hundreds of millions of years to the times when the surface of the earth was undergoing massive and primeval changes. Oceans rose and fell, land masses moved and collided, temperatures fluctuated and...


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