Devon Travel Guide

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Torquay

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186,395,229

Exeter

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230,518,80

Plymouth

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309,676,123

Lundy Island

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159,689,0

Ilfracombe

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61,166,53

Paignton

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65,183,82

Brixham

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60,182,3

Dartmouth

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98,197,18

Dartmoor National Park

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73,200,8

Totnes

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61,156,10

Clovelly

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49,90,1

Teignmouth

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39,61,0

Barnstaple

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50,122,17

Woolacombe

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19,78,9

Tavistock

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34,56,14

Sidmouth

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15,43,20

Exmouth

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21,56,15

Dawlish

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28,53,1

Slapton

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21,55,0

Exmoor National Park

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13,55,0

Cockington

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24,79,0

Mortehoe

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12,42,0

Hartland

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18,53,0

Newton Abbot

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22,57,22

Widecombe in the Moor

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14,76,0

Budleigh Salterton

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19,31,0

Kingswear

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16,57,0

Tiverton

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10,40,12

Umberleigh

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8,19,1

Salcombe

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10,21,11

Honiton

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1,2,10

Shaldon

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15,43,0

Dartington

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6,20,3

Torquay

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  • Beaches

    Torquay Things to Do

    I haven’t done a scientific survey but Torre Abbey Sands has to be the most popular beach in Torquay and it would be easy to see why. For starters, it’s the closest main beach for the town centre, harbour and hotels. This also means that there are plenty of facilities nearby should you need them. The beach itself is sandy and safe for bathing. It...

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  • Meadfoot Bay Hotel

    Torquay Hotels

    This is one of the best I've found in the UK. We stayed in the Suite and it was a real spoil. The...

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  • Hole in the Wall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Torquay Restaurants

    I have mentioned many times on Virtual Tourist about the great value of local knowledge when choosing a place to eat and this applies whether I am in Durham or Dumaguete, Bangkok or Bangor. It was therefore with high expectations that I went to the Hole in the Wall in Torquay during a recent VT meet brilliantly organised by Malcolm aka EASYMALC as...

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Exeter

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  • Cathedral

    Exeter Things to Do

    The Cathedral Church of St. Peter, to give it its proper name, is without doubt Exeter’s crowning glory. Built on the hill where the original Roman camp was established, it was conceived in its present form in 1114 but its history goes back even further to Saxon times when a Benedictine monastery and Minster was set up here around 670 AD. One of...

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  • Abode Exeter

    Exeter Hotels

    Having finally spent a night here I was slightly disappointed by my room and by the fact that the...

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  • Prospect Inn

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Exeter Restaurants

    The Prospect Inn is situated in the wonderfully vibrant quayside area of Exeter. After driving at a maximum speed of 10 mph for miles on end along the M5 motorway we arrived at Exeter in a ravenous state. Luckily I had checked VT for a suitable place to eat and made a bee-line for the Quay. Outside the Prospect Inn you will find a large outside...

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Plymouth

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  • The Hoe

    Plymouth Things to Do

    UPDATE 2015 - The Wheel is no longer here, it's been moved to Budapest! London may have its "Eye" but here in proletarian Plymouth they call a spade a spade and so Plymouth has its "Wheel". This wheel of revolving observation capsules is commandingly located on top of The Hoe and so not only provides an overview of the city but also that of The...

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  • Moorland Hotel Plymouth

    Plymouth Hotels

    Well positioned hotel on the edge of Dartmoor with staggeringly beautiful views. The staff really...

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  • Piermasters - CLOSED

    Plymouth Restaurants

    UPDATE FEB 2015 - Piermasters is now under new ownership and the name has changed to Quay 33. Still in the same location tho' and reviews seem very positive. Plymouth certainly has a lot of "Institutions" as my previous tips sort of imply. Piermasters is no different - it is a local institution. This boldly claims to be "Plymouth's oldest seafood...

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Lundy Island

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  • Walking

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    I know that me next comment may seem totally redundant but I am going to make it anyway. You are on a small rock at the junction of the Atlantic and Bristol Channel and with a total of perhaps less than a dozen vehicles on it (of very limited use to the visitor, except for moving luggage from the quay to the various accommodations provided). I...

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  • Marisco Tavern

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lundy Island Restaurants

    It seems that many people are very concerned with the concept of "food miles" these days (i.e. how far the food has travelled from production to table) and it has to be said that the Marisco Tavern on Lundy really has to score very highly on this criterion for a good restaurant. Much of the produce is sourced from Lundy and when you consider that...

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  • Visit Our Newest (Temporary) Resident

    Lundy Island Things to Do

    As part of the Landmark Trust's 50th anniversary celebrations during 2015 the Trust (who manage Lundy on behalf of the National Trust) commissioned a set of 5 sculptures by the British artist Sir Antony Gormley. Sir Antony is best known for his larger-than-life "Angel of the North" near Gateshead in NE England but the figures he agreed to create...

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Ilfracombe

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  • Lundy Island

    Ilfracombe Things to Do

    This is something I've yet to do because it doesn't sail on Mondays (which is my only full day off during the summer) but is definitely on my "To Do" list. Lundy is a three-and-half mile long, half-mile wide, chunk of granite sitting out where the Bristol Channel meets the Atlantic. The Island is almost totally undeveloped and is a popular...

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  • Varley House

    Ilfracombe Hotels

    Varley House certainly is a characterful building having been built at the turn of the 20th century...

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  • Harbour Lights

    Ilfracombe Restaurants

    Apart from breakfast it's not often I eat in the hotel where I'm staying but here at the Harbour Lights the restaurant is an informal, characterful, bistro facing out onto the lively side street leading to the harbour. The in-room info pack offered a free starter for residents eating before 7 pm and with its seafood emphasis the menu proved...

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Paignton

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  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

    Paignton Things to Do

    The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway is a popular tourist attraction which can be extended to include the 'Round Robin'. People often mistakenly think that the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway starts from Paignton main line station but in fact it's a private enterprise and has its own platform and booking office on the Torbay Road side of...

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  • Preston Sands Hotel

    Paignton Hotels

    Have just returned from a short week (Monday to Friday) break at this hotel. The location is spot...

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  • Rickshaw Boy

    Paignton Restaurants

    The much-missed writer Pete McCarthy in his book "McCarthy's Bar" (which remains IMO the best-written travel book ever - "Never pass a bar with your name on it", being one of my favourite maxims.) uses the price and quality of "Singapore Noodles" as his yardstick of a place's culinary and economic development. Done properly Singapore Noodles...

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Brixham

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  • Greenway House

    Brixham Things to Do

    After spending £5.4m on its restoration the National Trust (NT) opened Greenway’s doors to the public in 2009. It was extremely popular then and still is today, but the NT has various systems in place to make sure that it doesn’t get too overcrowded. There’s plenty of space in the woodland garden anyway, although its steep location means that not...

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  • Brookside Guest House

    Brixham Hotels

    160 New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8DA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Claws - Jenny's

    Brixham Restaurants

    Claws, locally known as "Jenny's", is a coloured little kiosk with tables, chairs and umbrellas located on the quay. There has been a family run shellfish business of the site of Claws for over 60 years; originally it was run off trestles and boards until the early 1960s when the first kiosk was built. In 2001 the kiosk was purchased by the current...

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Dartmouth

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  • Boat Float - Inner Harbour

    Dartmouth Things to Do

    Dartmouth’s inner harbour is known locally as The Boatfloat, and pretty well much the town’s focal point. This small tidal harbour has been here since the second half of the 16th century and has listed status. Its size restricts it to the smallest of boats and is surrounded by a range of interesting buildings along The Quay and Spithead. One of...

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  • Dart Marina Hotel

    Dartmouth Hotels

    An exceptional hotel experience and a great place with its own marina, situated in the beautiful...

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  • The Cherub

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dartmouth Restaurants

    From a visitor’s perspective, there is one hostelry that shouldn’t really be missed when visiting Dartmouth - and that’s The Cherub. Although the food and drink are fine, it’s the building that steals the show. Built around 1380, this former Merchant’s House is the oldest secular building in Dartmouth and the only complete medieval house. It...

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Dartmoor National Park

  • Buckland in the Moor

    Dartmoor National Park Things to Do

    This picturesque village with a population of less than a hundred lies in a secluded valley under Buckland Beacon, just a few miles north-west of Ashburton. Most people drive to Buckland-in-the-Moor to look at the thatched cottages and St. Peter’s Church. Thatched buildings were commonplace in Devon many years ago, but the number has steadily...

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  • Ilsington Country House Hotel

    Dartmoor National Park Hotels

    OK I've actually worked here and have been put up in one of the rooms without having to pay for it....

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  • Remote Wayside Inn

    Dartmoor National Park Restaurants

    If you’re driving across Dartmoor it’s inevitable that you’ll come across The Warren House Inn.The B3212 crosses the moor from east to west and between Moretonhampstead and Postbridge lies this remote public house.At 434m above sea level it’s the highest inn in Southern England and a magnet for tourists using this road, so should I have put it...

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Totnes

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  • Boat Trips

    Totnes Things to Do

    If there’s one thing I recommend you do when in the area it’s to take a boat trip along the River Dart. It’s definitely one of the highlights of any visit to South Devon. Most trips start out at Dartmouth near the mouth of the river but when the tide’s right it’s possible to travel all the way up to Totnes. What that means of course is that you can...

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  • Royal Seven Stars Hotel

    Totnes Hotels

    Built in 1660, the 2* Seven Stars Hotel is very much ingrained in Totnes. There is a great bar, ball...

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  • Kingsbridge Inn

    Totnes Restaurants

    There is no shortage of eating and drinking establishments in Totnes, and no matter what your preferences are there’s bound to be something to suit everyone. I’ve always been a pub man and so you’ll find that most of my reviews will be based around pubs. The trouble is that I never know whether to include them under nightlife or restaurants, so...

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Clovelly

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  • Fisherman's Cottage - Providence House

    Clovelly Things to Do

    Whilst the village as a whole is a museum piece the local residents would be a bit miffed if visitors were to traipse through their homes and so two of the cottages have been developed as showpieces and open to all. The first of these is Providence House, known as The Fisherman's Cottage. This shows how a local fisherman and his family lived in...

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  • Percy's at Coombeshead

    Clovelly Hotels

    Virginstow, , Clovelly EX21 5EA

  • Cottage Tea Rooms

    Clovelly Restaurants

    This is the place for your light lunch or snack here in the village if you're not tempted by either of the pubs offerings. This is a perfect old-fashioned "Tea-room" with frilly lace tablecloths in pleasantly atmospheric surroundings and with the added bonus of a sunny courtyard overlooking the bay. But please don't sit on the dry-stone pebbled...

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Teignmouth

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  • Pier

    Teignmouth Things to Do

    The Grand Pier here at Teignmouth is a classic example of the Victorian seaside ideal of things every resort should have - basically an amusement arcade on stilts. It was built between 1865 and 67 by the Teignmouth Pier Company which went bankrupt in 1870. The pier was bought by a Birmingham "shyster", Arthur Ryde Denby, who planned to move it to...

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  • Harbour Fish Bar

    Teignmouth Restaurants

    As both a seaside resort and having its own fishing fleet the town's culinary speciality is fish'n chips. You'll find half-a-dozen or so shops (both take-away and eat-in) dotted around the centre and a couple more along the seafront. The Harbour Fish Bar (established 1989) is as good as any for a take-away. Service is quick and friendly and prices...

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  • Tourist Signage - Maps and Notices

    Teignmouth Favorites

    You need never get lost in Teignmouth, nor wonder what you are looking at. Teignmouth is emminently walkable and all around the town, and along the seafront, the local authority provides useful maps and information signs. The maps are accurate, easy to read and the signs informative, giving a bit of historical and local background (and even...

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Barnstaple

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  • Tarka Trail

    Barnstaple Things to Do

    This is a very short cycle/walkway section of The Tarka Trail (about 2Km) along the River Taw to pick up the A377 heading south towards Eggesford and its main advantage is that it allows you to avoid the town centre traffic. It has the added plus that it is level until the hills before Bishops Tawton but once you arrive you do have to get off and...

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  • The Imperial Hotel

    Barnstaple Hotels

    Taw Vale Parade, Barnstaple, EX32 8NB, uk

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Royal & Fortescue Hotel

    Barnstaple Restaurants

    The Royal Fortescue Hotel is situated right in the centre of Barnstaple. As we were wandering round the town we noticed the elegant Georgian building and the best thing was, there was a sign outside offering Carvery lunches and snacks so decided to investigate. Meals and snacks can be taken in the lovely comfy bar area or more formal restaurant...

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Woolacombe

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  • Beach - Woolacombe Sands

    Woolacombe Things to Do

    Woolacombe's largest beach is Woolacombe Sands. Easily accessible from the centre of town, it makes for an obvious focal point for your stay in Woolacombe. Moreover, it has won the prestigious Blue Flag Award for superb water quality for many years running. Its width and partition into three parts (no dogs, dogs allowed if taken on leads, dogs...

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  • The Woolacombe Bay Hotel

    Woolacombe Hotels

    Woolacombe, EX34 7BN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Captain Jack's

    Woolacombe Restaurants

    Devon certainly has some great pubs and Captain Jack's here in Woolacombe has just joined my personal top 20! This is a really characterful pub, both externally and internally, built on the site of a 12th century farmhouse, remains of which can be seen (if you know they are there) in the courtyard . The modern incarnation as a "Smugglers Retreat"...

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Tavistock

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  • Continuing The Foodie Theme

    Tavistock Shopping

    Lawsons is a family-owned, Devon retail business, specialising in Kitchenware and Homeware. They have four shops in the County, at Ivybridge (the HQ), Plymouth, Totnes and here in Tavistock.Lawsons, as a business, dates back to 1904 and the Tavistock shop was acquired in 1992. This is the town's former corn mill and quite a magnificent building it...

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  • Horn of Plenty

    Tavistock Hotels

    This is where the company for which I work goes for its Christmas Dinners or other functions that...

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  • A Proper Fish and Chip Shop

    Tavistock Restaurants

    When I used to live and work here, ten or so years ago, the Tavi Inn didn't serve food (except for a basic selection of stodgy cling-wrapped filled rolls at lunchtime). In the evenings, as the beers went down, there would be a stage where something solid was needed to soak them up. So we used to pop across the road to TJ's, get our fish and chips...

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