The best surfing in England, the most beautiful seaside resorts, and a wonderful mix of rural and cultural, historic and modern, Devon is full of surprises. The county is the epitome of the best that England has to o0ffer with stunning coastlines and beaches, and in between a great expanse of rolling moors, ancient thatch-roofed towns, castles and forts and just about everything else a visitor might care to see and experience.
Devon is an increasingly popular destination for tourists, but the area has not yet lost the old-world charm and unhurried pace of rural countryside. Attractions are as diverse as rollicking theme parks and England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the Jurassic Coast.
Beaches are also numerous and widely varied; the sand of Torre Abbey Sands at Torquay is reportedly the best in England for building sandcastles, the Atlantic-facing coast offers spectacular surfing and many other beaches along both shores are excellent for all sorts of water sports, exploring or just relaxing.
The port city of Plymouth is the largest city in Devon and home to a wealth of history as well as the best of modern convenience. The outstanding National Marine Aquarium and the Hoe, where Sir Frances Drake is said to have finished a game of bowls before sailing out to sink the Spanish Armada, are just two of its many fascinating attractions. However, some of Devon’s smaller towns are equally rich in history, tradition, beauty and charm, each with its own delights.
For a peek at Devon at its most authentic and unchanged, visit the old fishing village of Clovelly on the North shore, or ride the water-powered Victorian railway on the cliffs of Lynmouth. The fish and chips in Torquay are famous, but visitors will also discover some fabulous villas, restaurants and beaches complete with palm trees at this long-established seaside resort.
One of the best views in England is from the ferry across Dartmouth Harbour, and the view from Haytor, Dartmoor’s most famous Tor, is just as breathtaking from a different perspective. Everywhere in this huge county a visitor will come across some new and memorable sight or experience; Devon is a wonderland in every sense of the word.