If you truly want to experience the beauty of the South West of England, then Devon is the perfect spot for you to explore.
Devon is also home to not one coastline but two! Being the only county in England to have two to choose from, both being different in their unique ways.
Devon is home to four major cities: Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and Bideford.
Devon is also easily accessible from London with frequent train journeys to Exeter taking only around two to three hours, making Devon a perfect location for a weekend getaway.
Devon has some stunning coastal hikes, areas of outstanding natural beauty, stunning beaches and picturesque landscapes.
Weather-wise, Devon can be just as lovely as other European destinations in the summer, so why not make the most of what’s on your doorstep in England?
Here are my top suggestions on what to do on your next trip to Devon:
Stay at a Classic Cottage along the coast of Devon
For your trip to Devon, why not book yourself a Classic Cottages stay along the coast?
For example the Foxes Cove Classic Cottage is a perfect Devon coastal location as it overlooks the stunning Brixham Marina.
Enjoy breakfast from the balcony as you watch the morning water activities such as the fishing boats, trawlers or luxury yachts coming into the Marina.
A perfect home away from home during your say in Devon.
Sample some local gin on the Plymouth Gin Distillery tour
Not only is Plymouth a fun city to explore, but it’s also popular for its Gin Distillery.
Gin from Plymouth has picked up quite the reputation since starting its production in 1793.
Be sure to pass by Plymouth on your tour of Devon and sample the local Plymouth Gin on a tour of the distillery.
Discover for yourself why it’s so popular amongst gin lovers.
Check out the Babbacombe Model Village
Located on the English Riviera, close to Torquay is the Babbacombe Model Village.
I’m a big fan of model villages and this is a wonderful example of one worth visiting as the attention to detail is incredible.
It’s considered to be one of Europe’s Premier Model Villages.
Feel like a giant for the day and explore the miniature village along with its very own miniature railway.
The village also boasts one of Torquay’s most beautiful gardens.
Head out on a charming walk around Exeter Quay
On a visit to the city of Exeter, enjoy a charming walk around Exeter Quay.
Also known as Exeter Quayside, the Quay walk will take you along the River Exe and then towards the Exeter Ship Canal.
The area was first used as a shipping port when a ledge made of sandstone was used to unload the ships for overseas traders.
Be sure to stop off along the way at one of the riverside cafes.
I can highly recommend Mango’s cafe & bar which do an incredible Devonshire cream tea experience.
Remember to put the jam on top of the cream in this part of England!
The Exeter Quay is no longer used for the shipping trade, making it a perfect spot for a quayside leisurely walk.
Enjoy some watersports activities on Exmouth Beach
If you’re looking for a spot of sunbathing in Devon, then be sure to head to Exmouth Beach which has two miles of golden sand.
With incredible rock pools to explore as well, it’s a paradise for holidaymakers.
Exmouth Beach is hot spot for trying many watersport activities such as surfing, bodyboarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and standup paddleboarding.
Visit Coleton Fishacre for a classic cream tea experience
Located near Kingswear in Devon is the Coleton Fishacre, which is a property consisting of a garden and a house in the Arts and Crafts style.
The property has been well looked after by the National Trust since 1982.
Be sure to stop by Café Coleton to enjoy a classic Devonshire cream tea experience.
Visit the Royal Albert Memorial museum
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is located in Exeter, Devon.
On display at the museum is a large and diverse collection of zoology, anthropology, fine art, local and overseas archaeology, and well as geology displays.
Loads of fun for the whole family to enjoy and a great visitor attraction to stop off at whilst in Exeter.
Hike along the Jurassic Coast in East Devon
The Jurassic Coast is England’s only Natural World Heritage Site and starts in Exmouth, East Devon, and will take you 95 miles along the coastline towards Dorset.
It was designated its title by UNESCO in 2001 due to its large selection of rocks, fossils and landforms.
Hike along these incredible coastline paths with stunning views of the beaches that follow along the route.
And remember to keep a lookout for dinosaur fossils as you follow the Jurassic Coast path.
Why not make your stay extra special and book yourself a few nights stay with a coastal view from one of the many coastal cottages in Devon.
Head out on a rib boat safari around Torquay
A fantastic way to explore Torquay and enjoy the unique English Riviera is by taking a private rib boat safari.
From the sea, explore the amazing Devon coastline, wonderful wildlife and the many secluded and hidden coves that the area has to offer.
Discover the beautiful South Devon coast with a highly experienced skipper at the helm of a private tour.
Hike along the Tarka Trail from Braunton to Meeth
The Tarka Trail from Braunton to Meeth is a 32-mile long traffic-free hiking and cycling route that follows along an old disused railway line.
The route is loosely based on the book Travels of Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson.
A wonderful way to spend your day either cycling or hiking in the Devon countryside.
Thank you for reading my blog post all about Devon
Thank you for passing by and reading my blog post from my visit to Devon, England.
I hope you found all the above information useful for your trip planning to Devon.
Wishing you a wonderful future escape to the Southwest of England.