Situated in the Southwest of England, Devon is the second largest county in the UK, and really does offer something for everyone. Apart from stunning scenery, and a warm, sunny climate, Devon is steeped in history and is a delightful destination for romantic getaways, family holidays or a short break with friends.
Devon has two coastlines, two national parks and many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its landscape varies from towering cliffs, sheltered bays and golden beaches, to glorious countryside with plenty of moorland and woodland to explore. The variety of landscapes means that there is an endless choice of things to do during your visit. Choose an urban base in the bustling cities of Plymouth or Exeter, or for a more relaxed pace, enjoy a break on a working farm or really get away from it all in the tranquility of a forest treehouse.
When it comes to things to do, Devon has it all. For culture and heritage, visit the Victorian house and gardens at Watermouth Castle near Ilfracombe, or explore the fascinating Morwellham Quay to discover life in a Nineteenth Century copper mining village. Take a tour of Powderham Castle near Exeter, which also offers nature trails, a walled garden play area and deer park safari. For family days out, kids will love Crealy Great Adventure Park, with over 60 rides and attractions, or the unique and intriguing Exmoor Zoo with daily animal encounter sessions, zoo trails and lots more to discover. There is plenty of family fun to be found, even when the sun isn’t shining. Explore the Jurassic coast on the Seaton Tramway, or Woodlands Family Theme Park with five indoor animal barns and one of the largest indoor play areas in the UK.
Choosing where to stay in Devon is an absolute pleasure as you will be sure to find something that perfectly matches your mood. A cosy, thatched cottage or a farmhouse bed and breakfast might be just right for a romantic getaway in the country, whilst a smart, urban chic boutique hotel might be the perfect complement to a weekend of shopping and dining out with friends. For a taste of the great outdoors, choose from many award winning camping and caravanning sites across the county, or combine the outdoor life with a touch of luxury in a yurt, a tree house, or a safari lodge complete with hot tub.
From fish and chips to MIchelin Stars, Devon is a food lover’s paradise. For fine dining, book into Gidleigh Park, a Tudor style country house in a breathtaking woodland setting, or sample some of the best in UK farm produce at the River Cottage Canteen in Plymouth.
For a more informal experience, Devon is the place to explore for fresh, delicious traditional fare. The Millbrook at Kingsbridge is only accessible by boat, and on summer evenings you can enjoy fresh fish from the barbecue accompanied by live jazz and folk music. For, reputedly, the best fish and chips in Devon, head for the Rockfish at Dartmouth, where you can enjoy the freshest fish, direct from the day’s catch, or for hearty traditional pub food by a roaring log fire, there are country pubs and village inns to be discovered across the county.
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