It’s not just fluffy white scones topped with jam and clotted cream that make Devon one of the most enticing destinations in England. The picturesque county will enchant you with its long sandy beaches, rolling moorlands and adorable villages. Devon also produces some of the best cuisines in England, with a big focus on fresh, locally sourced produce.
Things to do in Devon
Fringed by a palm-lined promenade, Torquay is a quintessential seaside town that’s been luring in holidaymakers since the Victorian era. Beach hop along the coast and day trip to nearby attractions such as Kents Cavern and Paignton Zoo.
From cycling through Exe Estuary and hiking along the South West Coast Path to horseback riding in Dartmoor National Park, Devon is a paradise for outdoor lovers. North Devon has a wild and remote feel, with landscapes defined by rocky coves and soaring sea cliffs.
Across the county, you’ll see menus featuring Red Ruby Devon beef, Devon Blue cheese, Lyme Bay scallops and Teignmouth oysters. Of course, no trip is complete without a classic Devonshire cream tea enjoyed at an atmospheric tearoom. Visiting local vineyards offers a glimpse of Devon’s flourishing winemaking scene.
A haven for boaters, Dartmouth is set around a postcard-perfect harbour lined with pastel-coloured houses. Paddle steamer cruises are a great way to enjoy a sunny afternoon and take you past sights such as Dartmouth Castle and Greenway, the former estate of Agatha Christie.
Anchored by a magnificent cathedral, Exeter is a lively university city with excellent cafes, museums and cultural attractions. The cavernous RAMM occupies a handsome Victorian building and is filled with everything from fine art to seashell specimens. In the bustling Exeter Quay district, historic warehouses have been reimagined as trendy bars, restaurants, antique shops and galleries.
Getting around Devon
Devon is well-connected by local trains while buses are also a quick and easy way to get around. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore at your own pace and trains run between Exeter and London in around 2.5 hours. Heathrow Airport is a three-hour drive away.