South Devon features historic market towns surrounded by coasts and countryside, each boasting a rich and ancient heritage.
Here is a quick guide to some popular local towns to visit
Teignmouth attracts visitors every year for views of the breathtaking scenery from the town pier and the delightful collection of little shops. For visitors coming in summer, the town hosts an annual folk festival and the local Teignmouth Carnival is held during the last week of July.
Torbay – The English Riviera
Incorporating Torquay, Paignton and Brixham – Torbay, also known as the English Riviera, offers visitors a traditional seaside holiday experience with plenty of tourist attractions to keep all the family entertained. Plus, it is a UNESCO Global Geopark, boasting 22 miles of beautiful coastline and no less than 20 beaches or coves to enjoy. Torbay is certainly worth a visit and is easily accessible from Welcome Family Holiday Park by train, bus and car.
Exeter is the county town of Devon and home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral. Shopping in Exeter is real must with so much on offer from stylish boutiques to the high street big names.
The Quayside is a very popular area and offers plenty to do including walking, cycling, and boating. Or perhaps you would prefer to enjoy a relaxing day enjoying the views, there are plenty of public houses, restaurants and tea rooms where you can sit and watch the world go by..
An Exeter attraction that can be enjoyed whatever the weather is The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. It is a world class museum and has the added bonus of being free to enter!
Exeter is also home to the Exeter Chiefs Premier rugby team. The stadium, Sandy Park, is just a short train ride away from Welcome Family.
Torquay, in the heart of the English Riviera, is a stylish and fashionable holiday resort which has a real continental vibe mixed with a genteel Victorian appearance. A traditional British seaside resort, Torquay is ever popular and since 2014 has featured in the Tripadvisor Top 10 Destinations in The UK list.
Places to visit in Torquay
Cockington Village should certainly be on your itinerary for a visit if you are making South Devon your holiday destination. With cottages dating back to the 16th century and some even mentioned in the doomsday book, Cockington surely has to be ranked among one of the prettiest villages in Engand.
Interesting facts about Torquay:
- The 1970’s TV series Fawlty Towers featuring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty was filmed here at the recently demolished Gleneagles Hotel.
- Agatha Christie, who to this day remains the worlds biggest selling author was born here in 1890. A popular attraction for visitors is Greenway, Agatha Christie’s holiday home on the banks of the River Dart which is accessible by ferry or steam train.
- Miranda Hart, Peter Cook and Richards Burton were also born in Torquay.
- Torquay’s port and harbour regularly welcomes cruise ships and the marina has 440 berths.
- Visitors can catch a ferry from Torquay harbour to Brixham – dolphins and porpoises are regularly seen on the way.
- In 1948 Torquay hosted the Olympic water sports events.
- Torquay is built on seven hills giving it’s coast a beautiful backdrop and spectacular vistas from the top – on a clear day you can see Portland Bill from Babbacombe Downs.
Paignton is a colourful, traditional seaside resort popular for its mild climate and lively seafront. The bustling pier, genteel buildings and streets and sense of class and style make this an English Riviera favourite for generations of visitors. Whether you want to paddle, dive, or surf, Paignton’s beaches are diverse and ideal for a range of water sports. The sand here is claimed to be the best in the parcel delivery uk for building sandcastles, and there are plenty of competitions here to prove it. Make sure you also check out the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, who offer trips from the town.
Exmouth is a lively town, situated on the east coast of Devon, where the River Exe meets the sea. The town offers a diverse selection of shops, places to eat and things to do, including top quality water sports such as wind-surfing and kite-surfing, fantastic routes for cycling and walking.
Totnes, an ancient town in Devon next to the river Dart. It devotes itself in equal measures to arts and crafts, eccentric lifestyles and history and architecture. In addition to the shops and weekly markets, there’s also some must-see sights, like Totnes Castle, Bogan House Costume Museum and for the children – the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm.
Widecombe in the Moor
The village that everyone knows through the popular song (Tom Pearce and his Grey Mare). Widecombe is a big draw for visitors the world over with the church tower being visible from many vantage points around the eastern moorlands of Dartmoor.
There is a church, pubs, and shops within the village making it a must visit location as part of a visit to Dartmoor. Perhaps enjoying a cream tea whilst you are there.
Brixham is still one of the busiest fishing ports in the UK and a working town, but it’s also a place where you can discover a range of arts and culture, excellent local food and some unique attractions. Brixham attracts visitors for its character, charm and combination of tradition and an enthusiasm for contemporary styles.
If you’ve never been to Shaldon, you’ve missed a real treat. Situated on the South Devon coast across the Teign estuary and opposite the resort of Teignmouth, Shaldon is an unspoilt village with a thriving community. Shaldon isn’t as commercial as many of the South Devon towns, but is perfect if you want to experience real Devon life firsthand.
Dartmouth is located at the mouth of the River Dart opposite the picturesque village of Kingswear. With its enchanting streets and scenic river location you have to go a long way to find a town as pretty.
Dartmouth has a strong maritime heritage and is packed with events and things to do throughout the year. The cobbled streets are packed with independent shops and galleries and wonderful restaurants serving fresh seafood and South Devon crab.