15 Best Places In Devon To Visit

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15 Best Places In Devon To Visit


Nestled within the Southwest of England, and just shy of beautiful Cornwall, Devon is a totally stunning area to visit. Honestly, there’s a heap of the best places in Devon that you can’t miss on a trip to this part of England, especially on its coastline and within its national parks. 

We’ve visited Devon quite a few times over the years and always loved it!

From the stunning North Devon coastline, stopping in places like Ilfracombe and hunting for dinosaur fossils on the Jurassic Coast (nearby), it’s a region that’s too diverse and beautiful to miss. 

So, to help you get the most out of your time when visiting Devon, I wanted to share some absolute gems that we love. Perched all across Devon, these spots are perfect waypoints and pit stops that I hope you’ll love as much as me. 

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Take a look, below, at the best places in Devon to visit. Have an amazing time! 

Best Places In Devon

Over the years, there’s been a heap of local

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Afterwards, head over to the western fringes of Dartmoor and explore visit St Michael’s Church in Brentor. It dates all the way back to the 12th century and stands proudly overlooking the park. 

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Finally, just in case you haven’t seen enough of Dartmoor, pop across to Lustleigh and visit the tiniest little hamlet that filled with thatched cottages.

Plus, you can easily partner this with a visit to Becky Falls that are around 70ft high. 

Read more: Best things to do in North Devon

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The Amazing 8,000 Year Old English Village And Durdle Door In The Jurassic Coast Of England (35)

Afterwards, head across to explore Durdle Door and see the massive sea stacks of Old Harry Rocks. Both totally stunning and gorgeous to visit. 

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Finally, don’t forget to stop off at Corfe Castle, a settlement and town that’s been inhabited for around 8,000 years! 

Read more: How to find fossils on the Jurassic Coast

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Situated right on the coast of North Devon, Ilfracombe is a historic fishing town that’s totally lovely to anchor yourself for a few days away.

You see, not only is there a heap of epic things to do in Ilfracombe but there’s also loads of stuff to do in the wider region around the town itself. 

After arriving, be sure to head to the harbour area and check out Verity, the colossal art installation that was imagined by Damien Hirst.

From here, you can then pop into the Chapel of St Nicholas and stroll the cliffs around Tunnels Beach for a gorgeous stroll. 

Don’t forget to head over to the Valley of Rocks that’s around 25-minutes east of Ilfracombe.

Here, you’ll get to follow the South-West Coast Path and spot the wild goats and prehistoric geologic that makes this such a unique part of Devon. 

Oh, and you can easily visit the Valley of Rocks whilst partnering a trip to Lynton and Lynmouth, too! 

Read more: Best things to do in Ilfracombe

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Just west of Torquay, Paignton is a great little place to visit if you want a seaside holiday in Devon. With Paignton Beach and Broadsands Beach nearby, the area’s a perfect spot to catch some waves! 

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Also, don’t forget to take a little trip to Berry Pomeroy Castle that’s just outside Paignton, too – the Elizabethan House is amazing to see and date back centuries. 

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No trip to Devon is complete without some time in the countryside! 

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We totally loved staying around the Hartland Peninsula as it was completely chilled and complete countryside. We decided to stay a few nights at Loveland Farm who pride itself on sustainability.

Their pod was so amazing, we didn’t want to leave.  

Also, don’t forget to check out Speke’s Mill, a whopping 50+ metre high waterfall that’s right by the South-West Coast Path. 

Read more: Our time staying at Loveland Farm

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Perched on the mouth of the West Lyn River, Lynton and Lynmouth are two towns that are separated by the steep hill that goes right through them.

Now, you can walk up the steep hills but there’s a much more fun way to get to the top. Head on the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway that goes regularly and well worth the small fee to ride it. 

Both are gorgeous little places where you can whisk away a few hours of exploring. 

Read more: Our time exploring Lynton and Lynmouth

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With a white sandy coastline, Woolacombe is the kind of place you come for the day and just chill. Just be sure to take a picnic with you (otherwise, you might end up heading back to Ilfracombe for lunch).

Read more: Best beaches in England

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If you want to make a day of it, head out on an Exmoor Safari. This is what we did and ended up spotting some of the local deer, horses and birds of prey within the park.

Read more: Our safari in Exmoor National Park

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After spending some time within the town, drive towards the coast to spot Dartmouth Castle. Dating back over 500-years, this castle is totally unique and so picturesque to see. 

Read more: Best castles in England to visit

Salcombe in Devon Holiday

Halfway down the coast between Plymouth and Torquay, Salcombe is a beautiful little town that’s totally idyllic for a few days away.

Tucked on the estuary, Salcombe is the kind of place you visit for chilled out strolls, pottering around the little boutiques and grabbing long lunches with a tipple. It’s all so dreamy, especially in summer. 

Make sure to grab a local treat from Salcombe Dairy – they make all their ice cream in-house and the flavours are totally delicious. 

Read more: Best things to do in Plymouth

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One of the larger cities in Devon, Exeter has thousands of years of history and even dates back to Roman times.

Not only that, it’s one of the best places in Devon to visit for a city break, with a heap of things to see and do for a short weekend stop.

Picture of Exeter in Devon

Once here, be sure to explore the iconic Exeter Cathederal, head inside the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and tour the Underground Passages that date back over 500 years!

It’s such a great place. 

Historic Devon Prison

Dartmoor National Park Drive

Just shy of Plymouth, and right on the border of Devon, The Treby Arms is a great little foodie spot to visit on a road trip around Devon. 

Read more: Best places in Cornwall to visit


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