Often considered one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, the rolling countryside and breath-taking coastline makes Devon one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country.
With such spectacular scenery and an abundance of attractions, no two visits to Devon are the same. From its quaint villages and bustling seaside towns to family-friendly resorts and white-knuckle activities, Devon truly offers something for everyone.
Steeped in history, from the Jurassic Coast to Roman settlements, Devon is packed with ancient relics. Yet, in between these incredible historical relics lie an array of modern attractions and cultural events.
After a long day exploring the many sights and sounds of Devon, holidaymakers will have no trouble finding a restaurant or pub to unwind in. From Michelin star restaurants to family-run cafes, visitors will be able to sample cuisine from around the world.
Here we feature four of our more popular destinations in Devon where we showcase a selection of fabulous places to stay on holiday.
Situated next to each other, Westward Ho and Appledore are the ultimate destinations for holidaymakers looking to experience the sights and sounds of traditional seaside towns. With its brightly painted cottages, quaint and narrow streets and bustling harbour, Appledore is a beautiful village rich in culture.
Strolling through the streets unlocks an abundance of coastal life. From the fresh sea air to the sounds of masts creaking in the breeze, Appledore is a fantastic location to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. For those looking for a little more action, a walk through the habour unveils a range of businesses letting you rent sea kayaks or jet skis, while there is a wide range of delicious pubs, restaurants and cafes to grab a plate of fresh food or a drink to watch the world go by with.
Based just a short distance from Appledore is the beach town of Westward Ho. With its stunning shoreline, the town is a popular spot for surfers while it also plays host to one of the oldest links golf courses in the world, Northam Burrows Country Park. Of course, after a highly active day, you will want to unwind, and Westward Ho has some delicious and cosmopolitan restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Based on the North Devon coastline, Ilfracombe is a bustling and cosmopolitan modern seaside town that is incredibly popular with holidaymakers. The rugged coastal shoreline is iconic for its vast cliffs, making it a stunning location for walkers.
The town also plays host to a wide range of unique attractions, from the Victorian Tunnels to the renowned Ilfracombe Aquarium, ensuring there is something for the entire family. The region has also become a popular cultural destination in recent years, with a stroll through the town allowing visitors to discover the many incredible art galleries based there. Walk down to the harbour, and you will also be greeted by the Damien Hirst ‘Verity’ sculpture.
Fast becoming the cultural hub of the region, Ilfracombe also holds many events and festivals throughout the year, while a walk around the quayside often throws up an array of artists and performers. After a picnic on the sandy beaches, a further walk along the seafront will reveal the Landmark Theatre, which hosts an eclectic selection of shows and performances throughout the year.
One of the most famous locations in South Devon, the stunning town of Dartmouth is located on the mouth of the River Dart, hence its name, and is a picturesque and enchanting location for holidaymakers.
Surrounded by rolling countryside, Dartmouth is a popular location for fans of water sports, with visitors able to partake in an array of activities such as kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding and more. However, the town is also a perfect spot to relax and unwind, being just a short drive from incredibly beautiful beaches such as Blackpool Sands.
A day strolling through the town will unlock the town’s incredible history. Between the medieval buildings lies an array of modern cultural attractions such as art galleries and museums, while there are also many independent shops and restaurants to sample.
Dartmouth is also a great base for those looking to discover more of Devon, with the Dartmouth Castle, Greenway National Trust Holiday Home and Woodlands Theme Park all a short drive away.
A bustling fishing town, one of the busiest in the UK, Brixham can trace its roots back to the Saxons, being the landing spot of William of Orange. In fact, the town’s residents are predominantly of Dutch descent, and Dutch surnames are still very common.
While it is famous for its fishing industry, Brixham is also fast becoming a cultural destination, with the town a popular spot for local artists. A short walk through the streets will help you uncover an array of art galleries, while the ‘artists’ corner’ lets passers-by see many artists creating their pieces.
As you would expect from a fishing town, the many restaurants in the region serve up fantastic fresh seafood, but visitors can also enjoy a wide choice of tasty dishes from around the world. Before stopping for dinner, though, take a stroll to the harbour to see a replica of Sir Frances Drake’s flagship ship, the Golden Hind.