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Places to Visit in Devon | Devon Attractions to Enjoy

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Whether its stunning coastline, sandy beaches, quaint villages, farmhouses or moorland Devon has it all.  Here are some things to do and places to visit in Devon.

Places to Visit in Devon | Devon Attractions to Enjoy

The only place in the county (in my opinion) to rival Devon’s beauty is Cornwall. If you are a beach person, then North Devon has some of the most stunning coastlines. If you prefer quaint villages, farmhouses, and moorland,  then I would recommend traveling to South Devon. But no matter where you go it won’t take you long to feel the urge to stop the car and get out just to soak it all up. It is also where the South West Coastal path starts if you want to do some hiking.

Places to Visit in Devon | Devon Attractions

The food in Devon is a real treat

Like Cornwall, Devon also has pasty’s (thanks to Ivor Dewdney), Cream Teas (although you need to make sure you put the cream on first). But I think the pièce de résistance has to be Hockings Ice Cream. You can only buy it from its vans in the North of Devon and if you like Ice Cream it is so worth the drive.

Places to Visit in Devon | Devon Attractions

You can ride on a steam train along the 7-mile railway line along the valley of the river Dart on the South Devon Railway. The views are spectacular and it only costs £14 return, you can also get group tickets for more than one person.

Walk The Jurassic Coast

There are 95 miles of stunning historic coastline running from East Devon to Dorset. With 185 million years of history, it really does have to be seen to be believed. This is a geologist’s dream with its rocks and fossils.  But for those of you who just like a scenic walk and to put your camera to work, you will not be disappointed!

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Places to visit in Devon

Explore the vast Dartmoor Moors

There are so many wonderful places to explore from Cadover Bridge to Princetown equally famous for its prison and its brewery (Jail Ale and Dartmoor IPA). There are so many amazing walks, cozy pubs and then the Dartmoor Ponies! Make sure you pack your hiking boots and do your research, the moors can be unkind to those who aren’t well prepared.

Places to Visit in Devon | Devon Attractions

Visit Dartmoor Zoo

For those film lovers out there Dartmoor Zoo was the inspiration behind the 2012 film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, We Bought A Zoo. I don’t normally advocate visiting zoos, however, this is a very small zoo and having known several zookeepers who work there I’m pretty confident this zoo is one of the good ones.

Explore War Horse Valley

Sticking with the film theme Devon has been the setting for many famous films, including War Horse. If you are an animal lover you can visit War Horse Valley and meet the horse who played Joey in the film as well as visiting the exhibitions, miniature ponies, and farm animals. It’s a great afternoon out and the best bit is it’s only £4 entry. And you can enjoy your Devonshire Cream Tea from their café overlooking the valley.

Final Thoughts

There is so much more I could include on this list so I hope this has to whet your appetite enough to Visit Devon and do some more research to help you plan your visit.

If I have inspired you to visit Devon please let me know in the comments below, I’m always happy to answer any questions and love hearing from people. I will always write back.

Hotels in North Devon

If you are looking to make a holiday out of it here are some places to stay in Devon

The Waie Inn

The Dartmoor House B & B

Larksworthy Cottage

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Things to do in Devon

Are you traveling in the United Kingdom? Be sure to check out my other blog posts:

Coastal Walking in Cornwall | Boscastle to Tintagel

7 reasons to visit Cornwall in the United Kingdom

7 reasons to visit Devon in the United Kingdom

How to spend a day in Bath, United Kingdom

Coastal Walking in Cornwall | Porthcurno to Gwennap Head

What’s in my Bag | Packing advice for Europe


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Friday 5th of August 2016

That's a part of the UK I don't know - I'd really like to see more! Thanks for giving me another travel inspiration!

Alexandra Mucenieks

Friday 5th of August 2016

Great post. Would love to visit Devon one day

Claire Summers

Friday 5th of August 2016

Thank you Alexandra you will love it!

Emily Holm

Friday 5th of August 2016

One of my favorite places in England, have such nice memories of going here as a child! Thanks for sharing

Claire Summers

Friday 5th of August 2016

Thanks Emma I used to visit here when I was a child too. Think that's part of the reason I moved here :-)

Priyanka Banerjee

Thursday 4th of August 2016

Very nice post on Devon! I have good reasons now to visit the place. Thanks for sharing such an amazing post!

Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

Monday 25th of July 2016

sounds interesting:)

Claire Sturzaker

Friday 5th of August 2016

Despite being from the UK I don't think I've ever visited Devon - oops!!! Must go now :D