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Devon, Visitor & Tourism Guide
Region: South West England
Neighbouring Counties: Cornwall
National Parks: Dartmoor
AONBs: South Devon
, North Devon
, Tamar Valley
, East Devon
, Blackdown Hills
Select Towns/Villages: Dartmouth
(and the other towns of The English Riviera
World Heritage Sites: Jurassic Coast
, Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
National Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and internationally important cities, Devon's one of the UK's top holiday destinations.
From magnificent coastal walking to a yomp on the high moors, surfing on Atlantic-facing beaches to lazy days relaxing on sandy coves, Devon's a natural joy. Home to some of the UK's top hotels and restaurants, boasting many fine self-catering properties, the county is seen by many as UK holiday perfection.
This is a short summary guide to the county. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists on this page below quickly to identify places to visit and things to do which are of interest. Given that the majority of the team here at PictureTheUK live in Devon, we've visited and photographed all the destinations and attractions listed. The images we use are selected from a database of hundreds of thousands of UK photos. Also, click on the links in this summary guide as they take you to more specific guides to the county's National Parks, cities, major towns and so forth.
National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Dartmoor National Park's
to the south and Exmoor National Park
to the north. Exmoor straddles the Devon
border. The western section of the Park is in Devon.
In addition, there are five AONBs or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To the east of the county, visit the Blackdown Hills
and East Devon
AONBs. The East Devon coastline is particularly dramatic and we'd recommend walking the stretch between Sidmouth
. To the north west, close to Exmoor, is the North Devon
AONB. Famous for its surfing beaches, the North Devon AONB also covers the wonderful Hartland Peninsula
. West of Dartmoor is the Tamar Valley
which, in our opinion, given its history and beauty, is one of the most under-visited destinations in South West England
. Perhaps most popular of Devon's AONBs is, however, South Devon
. Its beaches and towns, coastal villages and rolling countryside are gorgeous.
The county's also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the only two mountains in southern England
. The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site
is superb around the Tamar Valley
and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
is best explored on the South West Coast Path
. The (small) mountains Yes Tor
and High Willhays
are in the north west of Dartmoor National Park
Cities and towns, moorland villages and fishing harbours
are internationally important Devon cities, Salcombe
are delightful coastal towns. Sidmouth
, to the east, is in an exceptional location and Chagford
, in the north of Dartmoor National Park, is a good gateway to the high moors.
For moorland villages, try Widecombe in the Moor
, for a couple of the UK's most stunning fishing harbours, visit Clovelly
Some destinations, such as Totnes
, are slightly boho and others, for example Torquay
, are very bling.
Take a look at our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists for towns and villages in Devon below.
Big and beautiful beaches, too
Devon's beaches are second to none within the UK. For size and beauty, they compete with anything Cornwall
, for example, have to offer. With vast expanses of flat sand at Slapton Sands
and Northam Burrows Beach
and idyllic little coves at Mill Bay Beach
and Blackpool Sands
, you're spoilt for choice.
Having spent some time at the beach, perhaps you need a dramtic cliff walk? Try Budleigh Salterton Cliffs
or Start Point
. Perhaps you want to escape the crowds and head for the moors? Try Hound Tor (East Dartmoor)
and Haytor Rocks
Kids and their parents
What if you have kids? We'd point you in the direction of The Miniature Pony Centre
and Exmoor Zoo
, Plymouth National Marine Aquarium
and Woodlands Park
. There's Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park
, too. We'd also suggest Paignton Zoo
and Living Coasts
, The Milky Way Adventure Park
and The BIG Sheep
History and culture
If you're looking for history or culture, try the Museum of Dartmoor Life
and High Moorland Visitor Centre
, Morwellham Quay
and Exeter Cathedral
. We'd also recommend Buckfast Abbey
, Totnes Castle
, Powderham Castle and Estate
, Okehampton Castle
, Lydford Castle
and Saltram House and Gardens
Oh, and don't believe it when people tell you Dartmoor's bleak. Yomp around Lustleigh Cleave
, Lydford Gorge and Waterfall
or the Teign Gorge
, and you'll see nothing but lush, steep wooded valleys that are sensational in Autumn.
Top 10 Recommendations
Selected from the best Hotels in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Inns in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Beaches in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Towns in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Villages in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Museums in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Views in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Castles in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Bays in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Walks in Devon we've listed our top 10.
Selected from the best Honeymoons in Devon we've listed our top 10.
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