It’s official; more and more people in the UK are choosing to spend their holidays in this country, rather than travelling abroad. The UK has loads of beautiful locations, but undoubtedly one of the most popular places to visit is Devon.
If you’re thinking of spending your summer vacation in this gorgeous county, here’s some information that might convince you to book your stay now.
Why stay in Devon for your holidays?
It’s got amazing beaches
If there’s one thing Devon does well, it’s beaches. In the north of the county, you’ll find endless stretches of golden sand at Woolacombe, plus some amazing surfing opportunities. Down south, there are fantastic locations like Dawlish and Exmouth, which both cater excellently for holidaymakers. Branscombe beach, though pebbly, has stunningly clear waters – ideal for cooling off on a hot day.
Cities might not be the first thing you think of when visiting Devon. However, spending the day in historic Exeter is a definite must. The RAMM (Exeter’s museum) holds great events throughout the year, and the cathedral is regarded as one of the best in the country. Plymouth is also well worth visiting. This nautical city’s best-loved area is the Barbican, down by the sea.
Dartmoor is one of the UK’s most visited locations outside of London. When you get there, it’s not hard to see why. The endless rolling moors and quaint little villages are picture-postcard pretty, and the dramatic craggy tors provide perfect the social media photo opportunity. Hiking is the most popular activity around here, though children often love the chance to go for a ‘wild swim’ in one of the many secret pools or rivers.
Devon’s culinary scene is surprisingly impressive, as Exeter’s annual Food Festival proves! There are plenty of highly-regarded fine dining establishments, which give you and your partner the chance to get your smart clothes on, a dab of designer (or copy) fragrances, and make an event of it. However, if you’re working on a budget, be assured that there are also plenty of other great places that offer locally produced food at reasonable prices.
Enjoy the attractions
If you’re holidaying with kids, you’ll probably want to devote at least one day to visiting a major attraction. There are loads of good theme parks in Devon, such as Crealy, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Woodlands, not to mention plenty of outdoors-based activities. For example, Go Ape in Haldon Forest is a big favourite, especially if you love swinging through the tree-tops!
Make the most of the National Trust
National Trust members will be thrilled at the number of places to visit in Devon, particularly in the south of the county. The walk to Castle Drogo from Fingle Bridge is one of the best-loved strolls in the area, and historic Buckland Abbey is also not to be missed. Greenway (Agatha Christie’s former home) is another highlight, with its incredible views of the river below.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Devon? Let me know in the comments below!