9th December 2019

10 Reasons to visit South Devon in 2020

What are your plans for 2020? Why not explore the many treasures that South Devon has to offer. 

Whether it's a family holiday, romantic break or simply a desire to escape the daily stresses and strains of life, South Devon has something for everyone.

Here are our recommendations for 10 reasons to visit South Devon (as well as 1 reason why you shouldn't!). 

1. Picturesque Villages

The fascinating history, natural beauty and varied landscape have helped create a plethora of palaces in Devon which are striking in their character and appearance. 

Ranging from rocky and windy walkways to the sandy beaches on the picturesque coastline, South Devon is one of the prettiest areas you can visit.  Our top picks include the beautiful Cockington for those who wish to feel like a Hobbit in the shire, Beer, Shaldon on the South West Coast Path and Dittisham which is considered by many to be one of the most attractive villages on the South Coast of Devon. 

2. Dartmoor 

Dartmoor is one of England’s last true wildernesses, where you can wander for hours without seeing a house or road. Its slopes are scattered with remnants of its prehistoric past. There are over 450 miles of public rights of way, so walkers and cyclists have lots to discover, but you can also choose to go climbing or canoeing. With rivers, dramatic Tors and rolling countryside, Dartmoor is one big adventure playground with something for everyone. And of course, nothing is more popular on Dartmoor than its wild ponies, so make sure you take the time to look out for these beautiful animals.

3. Independent Shopping

As the regions favourite place for shopping, culture and leisure, Exeter offers a memorable shopping experience for everyone.  The city is a shopaholic's must-do destination with chic boutiques and stylish independents alongside the familiar big name stores.

You can stroll along the high street which runs parallel to Princesshay and features all the popular store names. The Guildhall and Harlequins undercover shopping centres are home to familiar stores and individual businesses.  If you’re looking for trendy clothes and gift shops don’t miss out on Gandy street and Fore street - here you’ll find the quirky and unusual shops you’ve been searching for. Scattered with a range of independent shops – from wacky gift shops to cosy book shops and quaint coffee houses, there’s an irresistible mix of hidden gems and local favourites.

4. Thrilling Attractions

From zoos to theme parks, nature reserves to castles, South Devon has attractions to rival any county and the variety is what makes it so special. If you’re visiting as a family, or bringing children along, the region has plenty to keep them entertained throughout every season. A beach day is of course always popular but there are also steam railway lines, plenty of indoor play areas and country parks with a plethora of activities to keep everyone active. South Devon is a beautiful destination for nature and wildlife lovers too, with lots of nature reserves and boat cruises either at sea or on one of the glistening rivers. Head to our Things to Do page to find out about all the amazing attractions in South Devon.

5. Beautiful Beaches

South Devon has some of the best beaches in England – crystal clear waters, large sandy beaches and beautiful secluded coves. Whether you are looking for a family friendly beach to build sandcastles and discover creatures in rock pools, for dog-friendly beaches to take a stroll or you are looking to explore the 95 miles of stunning coastline on the Jurassic Coast - you’ll find the perfect beach for you in South Devon. 

6. Historic Sites

If you love history, then South Devon is the right place for your 2020 trip. After all, people have been living, working and enjoying life in Devon for thousands of years. From the Neolithic settlement of Grimspound to the invasion of the Vikings to Norman churches to medieval castles, you’ll discover plenty of historic secrets- and you don’t have to look far to find it when you visit this stunning region in the British countryside.

7. Foodie Hotspot

There are plenty of unmissable places to eat and drink in South Devon, making it the perfect place for a foodie escape. With popular food festivals hosted throughout the year (including Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink), as well as many incredible restaurants and pubs available all year round, Devon has earned the respected reputation of a foodie hotspot. Ranging from beachside cafes, country pubs, seafood eateries, cream teas and delicious restaurants - if you visit Devon next year we can guarantee you won’t leave hungry...

8. South West Coast Path

Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such a beautiful shoreline that constitutes the UK’s longest National Trail? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and walking it brings stunning new experiences.

Explore some stunning stretches of the South West Coast Path on foot, for example from Topsham Station to Countess Wear.

9. Explore Exeter 

Exeter is one of the most vibrant, attractive and historically interesting cities in England. A break to Exeter combines the best of the countryside and the city, where there's marvellous local attractions, irresistible shopping, dramatic countryside, charming Devon villages, Dartmoor and glorious nearby beaches.

10. Last but not least - Luxury Accommodation

Whatever the reason for your break in South Devon, we have something that caters to all. Discover outstanding cuisine and luxury accommodation at The Devon Hotel in Exeter, relax in our contemporary stylish rooms and enjoy ultimate comfort and convenience during your stay.  Add this to the many other reasons South Devon is a great place for a 2020 break, and you won’t be disappointed. 

11. But maybe you shouldn’t visit Devon… Because you’ll never want to leave!

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