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From sandy beaches to remote moors, from bustling sea ports to quiet quaint villages, Devon has it all! A popular holiday destination for the whole family, it’s easy to see why Devon is a national treasure, thanks to the range of activities, attractions and appeals this county has to offer. Whether you’re visiting the seaside in Paignton and Torquay, or the city lights of Exeter, you’re sure to enjoy your stay in Devon.
Catching a train to Devon is a great way to explore this varied region, allowing you the freedom to really get to the heart of the county, or just visit the beach if you prefer!
CrossCountry trains cover the whole of the South Coast of Devon, taking you from Exeter to Plymouth. Our trains also cut down the back of the county on their way from Bristol giving you access to the interior, including Taunton. A number of seaside stations are also serviced including, Dawlish and Teignmouth and you can also visit Newton Abbot and Totness on our routes.
Exeter is certainly one of the main shopping destinations in Devon, and it has plenty to offer visitors from high street favourites to unique independent boutiques. If the British weather isn’t playing ball, we recommend heading to one of the covered shopping centres, like the award-winning Princesshay. Alternatively, for something more quirky and unusual, explore the historic Cathedral Quarter.
Totnes might be smaller, but if you’re looking to snag a completely unique arts and crafts piece, there’s nowhere better to go shopping in Devon. Ethical shoppers in particular will love visiting the passionate and creative individuals who run the stores in town. Locals love to nosey amongst the many shops, and take in the vibrant atmosphere of this unusual town.
Torquay has had a fashionable reputation since the Victorian times, and with retro and vintage pieces making a reassurance in recent years, there’s nowhere better to pick up a cool bargain than the Torquay Grand Flea Market. Here you’ll find everything from bric a brac to collectables, china to fashion and everything in between. Lose yourself in the many stalls, but don’t forget your 30p admission charge.
Devon widely regards itself as the true home of the cream tea, and as such, you certainly can’t visit without sampling at least one. You’ll find plenty of cafes and tea rooms serving soft scones, pillowing clotted cream and sticky jam concoctions dotted throughout the county. The only debate will be which to put on first- cream or jam.
With many miles of coast fringing both sides of Devon, it’s perhaps no surprise that you can find some world class fish restaurants in Devon. Whether you’re looking for a local chippy or something with a little more class, you can find it all. For a great Fish and Chips the Jolly Good Fish Café in Teignmouth is one of our favourites, or visit Angela’s Restaurant in Exeter for something with a little more finesse.
With so much world class local produce, and of course, cider, it’s hardly surprising that the area is awash with farmers markets bringing you the freshest and the best local products. For a real Devonian experience, pick up some delicious local cheeses, seafood, crunchy bread and apples and have a picnic on the beach.
It’s hardly surprising that the local culture in Devon has been influenced by its proximity to the sea. There’s plenty of opportunities to see local arts and crafts, much of it made with local materials including driftwood and sea glass, as well as stunning artwork depicting the sea, in the galleries of Devon. The Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect choice for those looking for scale, but there are great smaller options across the South of Devon.
The landscape and unusual history of the area also makes for some exciting attractions; visit Exeter’s Underground Passages or Kents Cavern in Torquay, get right under the skin of Devon when you visit. A self-guided walk around the Exeter City Walls also allows you to come face to face with local history, for those who prefer to stay above the ground.
Of course, one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture is to simply head to the coast. Whether you choose to go on a boat trip, or keep your feet on dry land as you look for fossils on Devon’s Jurassic Coast, here you’ll really feel the spirit of the county.
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