Two unique coastlines, two national parks, and a whole lot of culture in between - Devon is perfect for those who love being outdoors. With bustling market towns and hundreds of beautiful beaches, the rugged moorlands and fresh rivers of Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks and many areas of outstanding natural beauty, you’ll find a lot to keep you busy - whether that’s wandering the county’s 205 miles of coastal paths, taking in the picturesque English Riviera, or discovering the highlights of the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast.
The wild cliffs of the North Devon coast boast some of the best views - and sunsets - in the country, as well as surf hotspots like Croyde and Saunton, the award-winning sands of Woolacombe beach and sights such as the Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular Railway.
Known as Britain’s ‘Ocean City’, the bustling port city of Plymouth on the south coast is famous for its fascinating maritime history, as well as the amazing local seafood. Exeter, to the north, is a lively and independent cultural hub close to the Jurassic coast, with plenty of historic sights and great activities.
The diversity of the landscape in Devon means that restaurants, cafes, tearooms and hotels have menus packed full of locally sourced, fresh, seasonal food and drink. You will find fresh fish pulled out of the harbour that morning in Brixham or Ilfracombe, gin distilled in Plymouth and lavish cream teas served with homemade jam and local cream - don’t forget to try one!
More to see
Devon Wildlife Trust: 50 local nature reserves with wetland, marine conservation, stunning nature and otters and beaver.
Plymouth: A vibrant and exciting port city - look out for the Mayflower Steps commemorating the Pilgrims departure in 1620.
Woolacombe Beach: Consistently voted among the best beaches in the world, this three-mile stretch of golden sand is one to check out.
Surfing in Devon: Learn to surf on some of the most beginner-friendly beaches in the world.
Lynton and Lynmouth: Twinned villages on opposite ends of a perilous cliff - with a vertical Funicular Railway connecting them!
Torquay: Popular as a resort since Victorian times, the capital of the ‘English Riviera’ is the place for a seaside promenade.
Jurassic Coast: 95 miles of stunning coastline and otherworldly rock formations has earned this area a place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.