A fine selection of holiday cottages, hotels, B&Bs, Inns, Lodges, Travelodges, Premier Inns etc across the South Devon AONB. Pictured is Mill Bay Beach on The Kingsbridge Salcombe Estuary.
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Top 10 Recommended Towns in South Devon AONB



If you're experiencing South Devon and The South Hams for the first time, we'd recommend Salcombe or Dartmouth. Salcombe wins on beaches, Dartmouth on the variety of things to do. Both are stunning.

Kingsbridge, Devon

To the north of the Kingsbridge Salcombe Estuary. Perfect base for a holiday in the area or place to stock up if you're renting a holiday cottage. Jump on a boat and explore the water here.

Dartmouth, Devon

See our comments for Salcombe above. Dartmouth's setting is staggeringly beautiful. You could holiday here for weeks without having to leave although you'd be missing out on the English Riviera to the north and the bulk of the South Devon AONB.

Brixham, Devon

Brixham is surrounded by the AONB but not included within it. Still, it's a treat to visit and you can walk into the AONB west to Fishcombe and Churston Coves or east to Berry Head Forts.


Another town on the border of the AONB. Fine place with a castle that offers exceptional views. The town's known for its boho feel. It's a must-visit.

Paignton, Devon

Paignton, Goodrington, Torquay and Babbacombe make up most of the English Riviera into which the South Devon AONB runs. We'd thoroughly recommend exploring this area if you have a spare day or two.

Torquay, Devon

Known locally as 'Torbados', Torquay is exceptional. It doesn't receive the press it deserves as its natural beauty and range of things to do are impressive. It was a joy to discover Torquay.

Teignmouth, Devon

We're pushing boundaries here, we know. North of the English Riviera and the South Devon AONB, it's a beautiful setting.

Ashburton, Devon

Along with Totnes, this small town has a boho feel to it but it's really impressive. North of the South Devon AONB on the boundary of Dartmoor National Park.

Plymouth, Devon

Yes, it's a city. Yes, it's on the fringe of the South Devon AONB. But it's there and it's an exceptional place with loads of things to do and a remarkable history.