Devon in a Nutshell
Devon has been the setting of many novels and poems. And at breaks.com, we can see why! Beautiful sandy beaches, rolling green hills, lovely seaside towns – Devon has everything. If you are looking for a place that feels like a different, exotic country – Devon is where you need to be. From landmarks to hidden gems and the best places to sleep, eat and drink: our breaks.com guide offers you all the information for your next Devon break. From things to do in Devon, staying at Luxury Devon Cottages and Hotels, Activities, Castles and more!
Things to do in Devon:
- Soak up some history in and around the Exeter Cathedral. This Cathedral was built in 1114, in Norman style. Around 1270 and 1350, as part of a rebuild, the building now radiates a Gothic exterior. If you would like to visit a service, you can attend for free. On other times, the Cathedral asks for a small admission fee of £7.50. Tours are included in this fee and very much recommended! Immerse yourself in the extensive history of the building with the help of an experienced tour guide. The Cathedral is named as Exeter’s #1 attraction, and make sure to pick up some memorabilia in the shop next door.
- In Devon, there are many water-sports available for you to try out. Whether you want to try out canoeing, kayaking, sailing or diving – there is an activity for everyone in the family. Explore the beautiful coast of Devon in the countless ways there are to offer. Like to get your adrenaline going? Have an attempt on the jet-ski! Not so much? Paddle-boarding might be the activity for you!
- Plymouth Gin Distillery Tour. An interesting and surprisingly unknown fact about this distillery is that it is the oldest in the country! It has been making gin since 1793 and still uses the same recipe. Rumour has it that the distillery’s bar ‘The Refectory’ is the place the Pilgrim Fathers had their last tipple before heading off to explore the New World. There are many different tours available, from beginners to connoisseur. Prices range from as little as £7 to a more elaborate tasting for £40. Book your tour in advance here.
Visit Water Gypsy’s blog for all the best hidden gems to visit on your next Devon break! Addionally, you can find our three favourite places below:
- Desperate to spot some dolphins? Your best bet is Watermouth Cove. This Cove has lots to offer: from a castle to water-sports, from sailboats to jet-ski’s. The accommodation services include a campsite, but also bungalows, chalets, and caravans. Perfect for the non-campers. We cannot guarantee you will see dolphins, as you have to be very lucky for them to swim by, but if they do – this is the best view you will get.
- Mad Henry’s tea room is really as quirky as it sounds. With their vintage cups and saucers and scones with clotted cream and – homemade- jam, this spot is the best for an afternoon tea in Devon. The cafe, located on the River Torridge in Bideford, looks like a normal house, so make sure you don’t miss it as you walk past! It is only open on the weekend and gets very busy, so book your afternoon tea here. The cafe has a beautiful outside area and is located on one of the most beautiful parts of the county.
- Another surprisingly secret fact: Canonteign Falls are England’s highest man-made waterfalls! Visit the two sets of waterfalls, the nearby seven lakes and let the young ones have a play on the children’s playground. Don’t forget the camera, as its the most picturesque place you will come across on your Devon break (and you may spot some interesting wild life!)
Where to stay on your Devon Break:
There are many available options for your stay in Devon, depending on the area of your stay. You can use our search page if you want to browse or see our top three picks below:
- If you like luxury and are bringing a family (including a dog), The Imperial Torquay will welcome you with open arms. The hotel boasts a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and tennis court. As the hotel is located in Torquay, you can head out for dinner, but the hotel includes multiple restaurants and bars if you fancy staying in. For about £60 per night, this hotel won’t break the bank either. Look at discounted rooms here.
- Bovey Castle Hotel Moretonhampstead. This hotel is perfect if you would like a proper countryside break. Included with wellies upon arrival, valet parking and a kids club, this hotel will calm you from the moment you arrive. The hotel boasts an 18-hole golf course and a bbq/picnic area. There is an in-house restaurant and multiple breakfast options available. With Dartmoor on its doorstep, you will not need to be anywhere else on your Devon break. Book with the best rates here.
- The Plymouth-based Copthorne Hotel is a great option if you would like a base in a central location. Plymouth is great for shopping and easy accessible with its train station. The Copthorne Hotel is a lovely four-star accommodation, with all the basic amenities taken care of. Get your room here and book your Devon break today! You won’t be disappointed as there are so many things to do in Devon and it’s surrounding areas.
Where to eat and drink:
- If you are interested in fresh, organic food (and you should be), then make sure to pop by The Riverford Field Kitchen. This farm only serves seasonal products which are organically farmed. Make sure to have a browse around their ‘field kitchen garden’ before or after your meal. There is grass-reared meat and sustainable fish on the menu for the non-veggie lovers. Us at breaks.com just cannot wait to try out the orange marmalade trifle. Booking is necessary! Do that here.
- The name gives it all away: The Oyster Shack. Located in Bigbury, this former oyster farm serves oysters and crab picked from the local River Avon. Are oysters not really your thing? There are many other beautiful dishes on the menu, including a lovely children’s menu! Booking is recommended, which you can do here.
- The Elephant is one of the handful Michelin-starred restaurants in Devon. Torquay may not sound like the obvious option to have one, but The Elephant has the best views! Upstairs is the fancy restaurant and downstairs is the more casual brasserie for the ones who want to try good food without the complexity. There are always special menus on and a tasting menu is available as well. Reserve a table here to prevent disappointment.