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Top 10 Recommended Towns in Devon

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Towns in Devon
Devon is home to some of the UK's finest coastal towns. Dartmouth and Salcombe, in the South Devon AONB, are exceptional holiday and weekend break destinations. However, we'd also suggest you explore some of the county's inland towns. From Chagford, in Dartmoor National Park, to Totnes, there are some memorable places and landscapes to discover. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Towns in Devon' to learn more. We'd also suggest you take a look at our other 'Top 10' lists for additional inspiration. Try our guides to Dartmoor, Exmoor, South Devon, East Devon, North Devon and the Tamar Valley, too. Each summary guide has more detailed recommendations from which to draw inspiration.

Dartmouth, Devon

Magnificent natural harbour at the mouth of the River Dart set below steep sided green hills. On the fringe of the South Devon AONB. The English Riviera is to the north. Walk the South West Coast Path and explore the local beaches.

Totnes

Twinned with Narnia, some joke. Fantastic place. Interesting, beautiful and topped off with a castle. Take a boat down the River Dart to Dartmouth. Visit the South Devon AONB and The English Riviera. Head west to Dartmoor National Park.

Salcombe

One of Devon's most beautiful and popular destinations on a bank of The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary. Beaches, boats, restaurants, pubs and glorious South Devon coastline.

Chagford

A gateway town to the high moors of Dartmoor National Park, Chagford is a short distance from Castle Drogo and Gardens and the Teign Gorge. Moretonhampstead is just down the road.

Ilfracombe, Devon

Vibrant and popular coastal town in North Devon with a harbour, brightly coloured buildings and plenty of exceptional walks. To the east is Exmoor National Park.

Sidmouth, Devon

East Devon and 'red cliff' country. We'd argue that this place is a must-see if in the county. Around the corner is Ladram Bay with its gorgeous sea stacks. Also visit Budleigh Salterton and Beer.

Brixham, Devon

Self-styled 'one of Britain's most picturesque and historic harbour towns'. We've travelled around the UK for years and agree! See The Golden Hinde (Devon) and walk Brixham Breakwater and Lighthouse.

Torquay, Devon

'Torbados' is one of the most exceptional places to visit in Devon. Genuinely. The heart of The English Riviera, it's stunning. Walk the South West Coast Path.

Exmouth, Devon

Start of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Great place from which to take a boat to explore the coastline or head inland towards Exeter.

Tavistock

On the western fringe of Dartmoor National Park. A lovely place with a cool Pannier Market. Good base from which to explore the high moors in the north east of the Park. To the west explore the Tamar Valley AONB.