Ever since the rise of seaside resorts and the arrival of the railways in the late 1900s, Devon has been
one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Famed for its fantastic beaches, landscape
World Heritage Sites and quaint villages and towns, Devon is a great holiday destination for the
I have teamed up with holiday cottage specialists Blue Chip Holidays to compile a list of our top days out for the whole family to enjoy in Devon.
The English Riviera – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham
Probably the most famous destination in Devon, is steeped in maritime history and surrounded by stunning coastlines and countryside, the English Riviera’s main hubs of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are the perfect starting points to explore the area.
Our favourite family days out in the area include The Golden Hind, the replica of the English galleon best known for her privateering circumnavigation of the world and is permanently moored in the harbour of the sea port of Brixham and the kids love burning off steam at Splashdown Quay West, the UK’s biggest outdoor waterpark which is situated on Goodrington Sands which boasts spectacular views over Torbay.
There are many more top quality attractions including underground caverns, the stunning Paignton
zoo, unique marine aviaries. Whether you want to discover the history and heritage of the area, relax on the beach or try your hand at water sports, the English Riviera has it all.
Dartmoor National Park
Situated in the heart of Devon, Dartmoor National Park is home to ancient landscapes, stunning
views, wooded valleys and rugged open spaces ideal for those who like the great outdoors.
Spanning 368 square miles, Dartmoor is an ideal location for walkers and cyclists looking for wide
open spaces to explore, while those who want something a bit different can learn about the art of
sculpting at the Sculpture School in North Tawton, explore vintage fairground rides at the Dingles
Fairground Heritage Centre, take a trip on a historic steam train or walk around the medieval monastery Buckfast Abbey.
Situated 12 miles off the west coast of Devon, Lundy Island is a 400 foot granite outcrop in the Bristol Channel with tremendous views of sea and mainland. It is a totally unique experience and is perfect for those who like wildlife. Due to its unique combination of environmental conditions with rugged cliffs on the west and a sheltered and calm east coast, Lundy Island provides shelter and sanctuary to migrating birds including Puffins, Skylarks and Pied wagtails.
With some 140 different bird species recorded each year, Lundy Island is a great destination for birdwatchers, while the sea is home to an array of marine wildlife such as Grey seals, Dolphins, whales and jellyfish. Tourists can visit the island via ferry which runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March through to October.
Built in 1825, Watermouth Castle is now one of the top attractions in Devon and houses an array of
underground tunnels and fortifications to explore, relics from Victorian times to discover and a
variety of amusements and rides to enjoy.
See what life was like in Victorian times as you walk through various exhibits with artefacts from the
past, or explore the castle dungeon featuring craft shops from a bygone age, the Hall of Mirror, a model railway and vintage arcade machines.
Once you make it out of the dungeon labyrinth you will find a wonderful theme park set in a beautiful natural valley with breathtaking views of the North Devon coastline.
The North Devon Surf School
A holiday in Devon would not be complete without experiencing some of the great water sports
available on the coastline. Sailing, wind surfing and swimming are some of the more popular beach
activities, but surfing what Devon is known for.
Awarded a Centre of Excellence by Surfing England, the North Devon Surf School has a purpose-built
facility located on Westward Ho! Beach on the west coast of Devon and specialises in surfing and
paddleboard lessons. Whatever your skill level, the dedicated staff provide training for those who
are looking to learn to surfers who want to improve their technique.
The facilities include heated changing rooms, hot showers, a surf shop and café, as well as a large
collection of boards and wetsuits for hire. Whether you want to learn, practise or improve your
surfing technique, the North Devon Surf School is well worth checking out.
Have you visited Devon – what are your favourite places to explore?