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Devon: A Playground of Magnificent Nature and Attractions

With stunning coastlines, bustling cities and an abundance of natural beauty, Devon is a county that has a wealth of things to discover and experience. Want to spend time at family-friendly attractions, including a number of the best beaches in England? Explore awe-inspiring historic sites? Taste award-winning food from some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Europe? Well Devon has all that – and much, much more!

Areas of Devon

As an expansive and developed county in southwest England, it should come as little surprise that Devon boasts a varied choice of areas to visit. North Devon is a popular destination in particular due to, among other things, its nature activities. From here, you can journey to Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde, which are all best known for their immaculate beaches and picturesque scenery. The oldest and largest town in North Devon is Barnstaple, which features various attractions that appeal to the whole family – although there are too many to list here! As for South Devon, you will find a number of the biggest towns and cities in the county, making it a great area in terms of hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions. Located on the coast, the biggest is Plymouth – a city that has a rich history alongside an assortment of things to see and do. And another place to consider travelling to is Exeter, with the Exeter Cathedral and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum two standout gems provided by Devon.

Can’t Miss Attractions

Now while there are a countless amount of activities and things to see, Devon does contain a select number of “cannot miss” attractions. For example, and as it is generally regarded as one of the very best beaches on the planet, Woolacombe Beach is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy three miles of gloriously golden sand. If you are an animal lover, the Paignton Zoo Environmental Park – with around 2,000 animals and plenty of hands-on activities – is a firm favourite with travellers. Other popular attractions in the same category include the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Berry Head National Nature Reserve and Buckfast Butterfly Farm & Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary. The Plymouth Hoe, with breath-taking views from one of the best natural harbours on earth, is another point of interest that simply has to be experienced when in the area. Along with the Babbacombe, Torquay is also home to two of the most revered attractions in Devon: Kents Cavern and the Babbacombe Model Village.

Dining Delights

From humble eateries to the most exquisite in fine dining, you will never be short of restaurants in Devon to suit your tastes. With that said, there are a select amount of these establishments that deserve to be highlighted. One of which is Gidleigh Park. Doubled up as a luxury hotel, this restaurant has been awarded two Michelin stars – making it one of the most admired dining options in the country. Other Devon restaurants adorned with a Michelin star are the refined Elephant Restaurant and Brasserie in Torquay, the relaxed Masons Arms that dates back to the 13th century, and the rustic – yet delightfully tempting – Treby Arms. Away from the heavyweights of gastronomy, did you know that Devon possesses Britain’s oldest bakery? The Jacka Bakery in Plymouth dates back to the early 1600’s, although today it mixes the traditional with the contemporary, ensuring the best of both worlds! Away from food, Devon also has a plethora of drinking holes sprinkled throughout the county – whether you’re in search of a traditional pub or trendy nightclub!

Festival Fun

From carnival-style gatherings to intimate shows, festivals and events are a prominent fixture throughout the year in Devon. One of the most high-profile is the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, which takes place every April and celebrates all things food and drink. Further culinary delights are served at the Plymouth Seafood Festival, Dartmouth Food Festival and North Devon Foodfest. Two of June’s highlights include the Armed Forces Day and Contemporary Craft Festival, and agricultural fun can be had at the Mid-Devon Show in July. You can meet high-profile authors at the Appledore Book Festival and Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, both of which take place in September. And the unique Ottery St Mary – described as the ultimate party for bonfire night – is something you should try and experience, as flaming tar barrels are carried through the street! Music is also something that plays an important part in terms of events in Devon, with major artists appearing at festivals such as MTV Crashes Plymouth, GoldCoast Oceanfest and Beautiful Days.

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    Hotel Premier Inn Exeter Central St Davids hotel Exeter

    Located opposite the city’s main train station, the Premier Inn Exeter Central St Davids features a 24-hour front desk and an on-site restaurant and bar. Exeter College and St David’s Church are nearby. The hotel rooms are air-conditioned and offer en-suite bathroom facilities. Flat-screen TVs with Freeview channels and tea and coffee making provisions are among the in-room conveniences. Guests at the Premier Inn Exeter Central St Davids can take advantage of free Wi-Fi although a premium service is available at extra cost. Paid parking is offered. Breakfast is served in the Thyme restaurant. Snacks and evening meals are offered although guests may instead visit nearby dining destinations such as Herbies and El Bocado. The hotel lies one mile from the city centre and Exeter Cathedral. Crealy Adventure Park is within five miles of the property. Plus, guests are also well placed to discover the Dartmouth National Park. more

    Hotel Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel Exeter

    The Thistle Rougemont a 3-star hotel, located near Exeter railway station and within walking distance of the historic city centre with its Roman walls and 12th century cathedral. It is also a short drive to many of Devon's family adventure and theme parks. The Victorian era building has 98 bedrooms and suites, most of which have been recently refurbished. All rooms have coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen TV with Freeview, hairdryer, ironing facilities, trouser press, writing desk as well as en-suite wet-room shower with complimentary toiletries. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Guests at the hotel can take advantage of the dining opportunities at the on-site Drakes Restaurant, which was recently refurbished, or alternatively at the Nelson Lounge/bar, which serves drinks and light snacks. Room service is also available. The hotel also boasts 11 air-conditioned meeting and function rooms, the largest of which can seat up to 320 people. On-site parking is available for an additional charge. Wheel chair accessible and family rooms are available. more

    Hotel Jurys Inn Exeter Exeter

    Jurys Inn Hotel Exeter is a 3-star chain property located on Western Way in Exeter. It offers convenient access to such attractions as Exeter Cathedral, the quayside, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, the medieval Guildhall, Exeter University, Rougemont Castle, and Northernhay Gardens. Further, the new Princesshay shopping development is just 2 miles away. Accommodations consist of 170 en-suite guestrooms that can house a family of four (two adults and two children) or three adults. Amenities inlcude air-conditioning, flat-panel television, high-speed Internet (fees apply), and tea/coffee tray. All rooms are non-smoking, and rooms suitable for disabled guests are also available. Facilities and services include baggage storage, laundry service, lift, safe deposit boxes, business center, and 7 meeting/events rooms. Public areas are accessible for disabled guests. Onsite dining and refreshment are offered at the in-house restaurant, bar, and coffee bar. Public parking is available nearby. more

    Hotel Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel Exeter

    The Mercure Exeter Southgate hotel is a four star property located at Southernhay East in the city of Exeter. The hotel lies within the city center, near the Exerter Cathedral and within walking distance of the main train station. There are 154 guest rooms available including family rooms and rooms that are suitable for guests with a disability. Each of the hotel rooms features windows that can open, manual temperate control, mini bar, direct dial telephone, ironing facilities, remote control cable/satellite television, work desk, coffee and tea making facilities, high speed wireless internet access (for a fee) and wake up service. Extra bed for children and cribs are available on request. All the rooms are non-smoking. The onsite restaurant Cloisters provides international dishes. There is a lounge & bar were guests can enjoy a drink and 24 hour room service is available. The hotel has a fitness centre with swimming pool and a Swedish sauna. With nine meeting rooms and facilities it offers space for up to 150 people. Other facilities include onsite indoor and outdoor parking (for a fee), front desk service and dry cleaning/laundry service. more

    Hotel Hotel Fingle Glen Exeter

    Off the A30 and 6.2 miles from Exeter, the modern Hotel Fingle Glen Golf Hotel offers en-suite bedrooms and luxury cabins with kitchens and private decks. The hotel has an 18-hole golf and an on-site spa. The hotel’s refurbished en-suite room have free Wi-Fi, tea and coffeemaking equipment and mini-bars. The log cabins, which require a four-night minimum stay, have kitchens and private decks. Guests can play a round of golf on the 18-hole course, take a lesson with a golf professional and use the driving range. The Hotel Fingle Glen spa offers massage, facials and spray tanning. Golf and  wedding packages can be arranged. The Hotel Fingle Glen Golf Hotel offers traditional hot meals and light snacks in the club bar and restaurant. Hotel guests receive a full English breakfast. The Hotel Fingle Glen Golf Hotel is a short drive from Exeter and Dartmoor National Park. more

    Hotel Hotel The Devon Exeter

    A Georgian hotel with a modern twist, the Devon Hotel combines low-key elegance with reasonable rates. A short hop from central Exeter, the hotel is close to Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Quay and Barnfield Theatre. All accommodations come with courtesy Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms, toiletries, phones, LCD television with Sky, hairdryers and tea and coffee makers. The hotel offers free parking, 24 hour reception, laundry/dry cleaning, complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas, lounge, business facilities, terrace and fitness centre. At the Devon Hotel, guests can choose between fine dining at the Carriages Brasserie or relax with a drink and a meal at the Lounge Bar. The hotel is a ten-fifteen minute drive from scores of local attractions, such as St. Nicholas Priory, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Haldon Forest Park and the Underground Passages. more