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These are the best places to visit in Devon

Devon is one of those locations that many people are aware of and that is because the region has so many beautiful beaches, lovely villages, vibrant market towns, and rolling countryside waiting for you to explore. Devon has some of the most beautiful locations so if you are planning a trip to Devon, you may be wanting to consider what your options are. With that in mind, here are some of the best places to visit in Devon. 

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Things to do in Devon

How many of these things have you done in Devon?


If you say to someone you have been to Devon, the chances are they will ask whether it was Torquay you visited. That is because it happens to be one of the most well-known locations in Devon. While it may be popular with tourists, it is also a worthwhile place to visit if you happen to be in the area.

There are real Victorian influences in the town still, and while it has that British seaside charm it also feels like you are sat in an upmarket and sophisticated area. There’s a lovely pier to explore, a beautiful beach to experience, and plenty of things to see and do in the local area. 


If you like the idea of experiencing some nautical history and way of life, then Dartmouth is a great place to visit. The bustling town is located at the mouth of the River Dart. It is known as one of the UK’s most iconic ports, and there is plenty for you to see and do while you are here. It wouldn’t be unusual to see a little fishing boat one minute and then a superyacht the next. There are some great bars and restaurants and shops to explore as well. It is a happening town on the coast and a great place to visit. 

Beer and Lyme Bay 

Beer is one of those picturesque villages full of white and fishing cottages that look they were taken right out of an English novel. If you are into your fishing, then this is a great location to visit. Lyme Bay is close by and forms part of the Jurassic Coast, so you are in for a treat when it comes to rugged coastline.

You may even find a fossil or two. As the location is by the sea, you are bound to find some great seafood restaurants and other places to eat where they focus on local produce. There are lovely streets to explore and the countryside is only a little outside of the village, so you will never be short of things to do and see. 


Dartmoor is the ultimate location if you want to experience the moors and rugged countryside. There is more to this location than meets the eye and you can easily spend the day wandering and getting to know the cou9ntryside. Here you may find that you discover old artifacts of iron age villages as well as a fossil or two.

Dartmoor has plenty of walking trails that you can do suitable for all ages, so whether you are particularly active or like to take things at your own pace, Dartmoor is a great place to visit while you are in Devon.  


If you really want to visit a truly unique place then head to Clovelly. This is a very ancient fishing village on a very steep hill. You will be able to spot houses dotted on the cliff edges, and a beautiful harbour with a little beach. There are also multi-coloured cottages making this area a truly beautiful destination and one to be explored. 


Another hidden gem in Devon has to be Salcombe. While it may be increasing in popularity with tourists, it is still very much unspoiled with a lot of natural beauty. With coastal views, stunning scenery, rolling countryside, and the calm estuary you might be fooled into thinking you are somewhere abroad.

The water is shallow and calm, making it the perfect place to paddle with a family. Salcombe is also home to fabulous shops, bars, and restaurants so it is a vibrant location while still feeling very serene and peaceful. 


Finally, one of the last places to consider visiting on your trip to Devon is Brixham. Another fishing village full of character and charm and a great place to enjoy some freshly cooked food sourced locally in some of the best restaurants around. It is situated slap bang in the middle of what they call the English Riviera, so the coastline is magnificent. If you feel like something to do, why not visit the full-size replica of the Golden Hind. The ship once used by the famous Sir Frances Drake. 

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Let’s hope this has given you plenty of inspiration for some of the best places to visit in Devon. 

Laura x

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These are the best places to visit in Devon. Exploring the local area and enjoy everything that the UK has to offer this year by Laura at My Beautiful Mess

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