Devon is a county in England’s West Country. The county has some great national parks, beaches and seaside resorts which should not be overlooked by those visiting Devon. These are five of the great places to visit in Devon.
Dartmouth is a town in the south of Devon on the River Dart. As such, the river which separates Kingswear from Dartmouth is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this great destination. Visitors to Dartmouth can take river cruises up the River Dartmouth towards Totnes at the tip of the river. Or alternatively, across the river there is the Dartmouth & Paignton steam railway which links Dartmouth to Torbay with some great steam locomotives. Dartmouth Castle also overlooks the River Dart estuary, an old coastal fortification that is just a short walk from town.
Torquay is one of the seaside resort towns of Torbay. As such, there are a variety of beaches here alongside exotic gardens. At the marina you can visit the coastal zoo of Living Coasts, or take a boat trip across Torbay. The Babbicombe Model Village is a miniature village which includes miniature buildings set along colorful landscaped gardens. Babbicombe Model Village also has a unique 4D cinema which showcases a variety of exciting films with high resolution 3-D. Other highlights of Torquay include Torre Abbey, Kent Cavern and Cockington Court which is just a short walk from Torquay’s seafront.
Exmoor National Park is one of the highlights of northern Devon. This coastal moorland in north-west Devon has miles of coastline which includes the highest sea cliffs in England. As such, this part of the Devon has some fantastic coastal landscapes. Its heritage coastline also includes caves, waterfalls and rocky headlands. In addition to this, villages in Exmoor such as Combe Martin also have some great beaches for beach holidays. The South West Coast Path is a great trail to follow which runs along the Exmoor coastline.
Plymouth is situated on the west side of Devon, beside the River Tamar which is the geographical border between Cornwall and Devon. Plymouth includes the historic Mayflower Steps, a memorial point of the Pilgram Fathers which is located just outside the Barbican. Incidentally, the Barbican is an older part of Plymouth which includes the Plymouth Gin Distillery and cocktail bar. The coast of Plymouth is dominated by the Plymouth Hoe, a grassy patch located above limestone cliffs that includes Smeaton’s Tower which provides further great views of Plymouth Sound. At the foot of the Hoe is the Tinside Pool, an outdoor Lido which is open during the summer months. Just beyond Plymouth lies Devon’s other national park, Dartmoor, which also has some great landscapes.
Ilfracombe in northern Devon is a coastal town ideal for some seaside fun! Ilfracombe is a short distance from some of north Devon’s more noteworthy beaches such as Saunton Sands, and has two notable beaches of its own: Watermouth Beach and Wildersmouth Beach. Ilfracombe is also renowned for its great colorful floral displays, and has won gold in South West in Bloom 2011. From Ilfracombe you can also reach Lundy Island which lies off the coast of north Devon.
These are five of great places to visit in Devon. Plymouth, Ilfracombe, Exmoor, Torquay and Dartmouth are few of Devon’s notable holiday destinations.