Devon much like its neighbour Cornwall has a lot to offer those looking to take a short break in the UK. Its diversity of landscapes and activities on offer draws people from far and wide. If you haven’t been thinking of visiting Devon then hopefully this guide of things to do and see in Devon will inspire you to go and visit.
Part of the English Rivera, Devon is made up of picturesque south-coast harbour villages. It encompasses sandy beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks.
Devon has something to offer every interest and it really was hard to narrow down all the things on offer but in this guide you will find some great ideas to build into you trip.
Devon for beach bunnies
Did you know that Devon has some of the best beaches in the country? If you love golden sandy beaches and great restaurants then you must include Salcombe in South Devon as part of your list of things to see and do in Devon. When you’re not sunning yourself to a tan on East Portlemouth beach (accessible by ferry) you can take a walk along the South West Coast Path and discover hidden coves which are revealed at low tide.
Bigbury-on-sea also in South Devon, is popular with families due to its shallow waters and rock pools (perfect for finding crabs). Its sandy beaches also draw those who love water sports with windsurfing and kite-surfing the most popular activities to get involved with.
Devon for foodies
As a bit of a foodie myself, this is what excites me the most about visiting Devon, the plethora of good food! If you visit the county then you have to make sure to enjoy a Devonshire cream tea. One of the best cream teas in Devon is served at the award wining Georgian Tea Room in Topsham.
Darts Farm in Topsham is a haven for foodies and equally children will love it too. The farmshop offers all manner of delights produced on the farm. Fill up your shopping basket with the freshest organic vegetables and cut meats. Devonshire lamb and beef is highly recommended. Enjoy the creamiest ice cream from Ilfracombe dairy and take the children to have a look at the lovely fields of sunflowers and to pick their own fruit and vegetables. Children will also enjoy a visit to the animal corner which has resident pigs and during the summer months Alpacas come to the farm.
Devon for walkers and hikers
If getting out and exercising those legs and lungs are high on your reasons for visiting Devon then a visit to Dartmoor National Park should be high on your list. It’s made up of 954 square kilometres of granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces much of is available to the public to access. There are plenty of places to stay nearby if you wish to spend your time discovering this area.
Topsham is also worth a visit if you enjoy the outdoors. Rent a bicycle and go for a gentle cycle down the country lanes surrounded by beautiful fields.
Devon for shoppers
Tavistock Farmers Market is held in Bedford Square, at the heart of the bustling historic market town. The markets take place on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays of each month, from 9.00am to 2.00pm. The market has been voted the best farmers market in the South West and stalls sell a wide variety of bread, cakes, pies and pasties as well as dairy products, homemade preserves, traditional handmade pates, organic and home grown meat and poultry, flowers and tasty takeaway meals.
The shops in Tavistock also offer many opportunities for those who love boutique shops. Buy gifts to take home from the gifts shops selling Devonshire souvenirs and browse the art on offer at the Mayflower Art Gallery.
Those of you who love antiques should head to Ashburton in South Devon, a hot spot for antique dealers for a great number of years. It is now well known for its high number, and high standard of antiques and fine collectables outlets.
So there you have it a snapshot of things to do and see in Devon. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to make Devon your next short break in the UK.