The Top 10 Places to Visit in Devon for the Trip of a Lifetime
Once you visit Devon, there’s no going back, you really will want to stay there! The landscapes are beautiful, the locals are friendly, and the more relaxed country pace of life is something many of us living busy lives in the city crave.
1. Rousdon Village Bakery
Rousdon Village Bakery can be found just off the A3052, which runs between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis. It is a quirky café with a difference – quality foods produced and served by quality people! The music is always turned up, the coffee is as coffee should be and the food and pastry selections are spectacular. If you want a place with character and a little off the beaten track, the Rousdon Village Bakery is definitely worth a visit.
The help-yourself breakfast style helps everything immediately feel at home. The communal wooden benches and serving bowls of butter and jams mean you can make your toast just as you would like it – you can even boil your own eggs! But you shouldn’t leave without trying the selection of breakfasts, lunches and sourdoughs on the menu. The flavour combinations are glorious and there are even vegetarian options available, although why would you opt out of the crispy bacon!? If you’re in Devon, make visiting this place your top priority, you won’t be disappointed!
2. River Cottage
If you’re an aspiring chef or simply a lover of food, a visit to River Cottage is an absolute must. River Cottage has been featured on television for many years, giving cooking advice since 1998, encouraging healthier, more sustainable diets for everyone.
During your visit to Devon you can actually visit this remarkable place. River Cottage is the home of cooker and chef schools, unique dining experiences and wonderful events. You can tour the gardens where much of the produce is grown, attend food festivals and take a tour of River Cottage in true Devon style – by tractor! River Cottage is a delight to the senses and showcases what it means to eat well, consuming local, seasonal produce and taste-testing the latest recipes onsite.
3. The Donkey Sanctuary
If you have kids, The Donkey Sanctuary is a great family day out. Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Donkey Sanctuary is home to donkeys and mules of all shapes, sizes and walks of life. The Donkey Sanctuary transforms the quality of life for donkeys and mules by rescuing and providing them sanctuary where they can live out their lives free from suffering. During your trip to Devon, you can visit the Donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary. There is also a café and beautiful gardens to explore that make it a really enjoyable day out for everyone.
This 365 square-mile wilderness showcases the natural beauty of Devon, taking visitors into wooded glades, 13th century hamlets, open moorlands, country pubs and stone-age ruins. For a day outdoors, Dartmoor is stunning and is a brilliant opportunity to get some fresh air and spot Devon’s wild ponies, otters and birds of prey. If the weather is nice, you can see for miles across rolling hills.
5. A Day Trip to Exeter
If you miss the bustling city, why not take a day trip to Exeter, Devon’s capital? Exeter has a beautiful Norman cathedral in a central square of the city, surrounded by lively cafes and shops. There is a flourishing university and some gorgeous Georgian streets for visitors to explore. For a combination of history, shopping and tourist attractions, Exeter has it all. Even the quayside has been wonderfully renovated, with numerous craft and antique shops for those shopping enthusiasts and a series of pubs and restaurants to enjoy a meal out at the end of a busy day.
6. Take a Walk Along the South West Coast Path
If there is anywhere in the UK that is ideal for long, picturesque wanderings, Devon is the ideal location. Ramble the length of Devon along the South West Coast Path, an enjoyable route which will introduce you to some of the most impressive landscapes Devon has to offer. The walk will bring you all the way around the stunning Jurassic Coast, where you can spend your time hunting for fossils and taking in the red cliffs. Devon’s coastline winds along hillsides, through woodlands and straight into the heart of the countryside. You are likely to spot an abundance of Devon’s wildlife and enjoy a drink or two at the local pubs along the way.
7. Exmouth Local Nature Reserve
A visit to Exmouth Local Nature Reserve is a wonderful way to discover some of the wildlife that is local to Devon. An expansive area of tidal sand and mud at the southern end of the Exe estuary, Exmouth Local Nature Reserve is a globally important area for winter birds. In autumn, thousands of birds will fly from the Arctic to spend the winter months on Exmouth Local Nature Reserve. It is one of Devon’s most impressive natural spectacles and is something you won’t want to miss out on!
8. Branscombe Beach
When visiting Devon, there is no way you cannot make a trip to one of its many beaches. Branscombe Breach is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and is particularly popular among locals and visitors. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Branscombe Beach has rockpools to explore, beautiful coastal paths to wander along and is also a great place to swim! If you head east towards the village of Beer, or west towards Sidmouth for spectacular views along the South Devon coastline, you will discover even more spectacular views along the South Devon coastline.
9. Clovelly Village
For a step back in time, take a visit to Clovelly Village which remains clinging to a particularly steep 400ft cliff in North Devon. This wonderfully unique village was once owned by Queen Elizabeth and has since been in private ownership to ensure its history and originality is preserved. There are no cars in the village and the streets are traditionally cobbled. The only method of transportation is walking or taking a ride in sledges pulled by donkeys. Covelly Village wonderfully immerses visitors in the history of Devon and is a testament to the preservation of history. This unique location is certainly worth a visit if you enjoy history, beautiful views and traditional pubs.
10. Agatha Christie’s Holiday Home
Greenway House allows visitors a glimpse into the impressive holiday home of the much-loved author Agatha Christie. The house is set in the 1950s and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see where Agatha Christie relaxed with her family, spending many summer holidays and Christmases in this beautiful house. The family were renowned as being wonderful collectors and the house showcases many of their collections of archaeology, books, silver, botanical china and Tunbridgeware.
Devon is a beautiful holiday destination for all the family. We would highly recommend all the above locations as must-sees for your next trip to this beautiful county.
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