The top ten best places to visit in Devon
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The best days out in Devon
There is plenty to see in England's only county with two separate coastlines. I should know, I was brought up there and have just spent years researching a book about it. Not surprisingly it is called 'Devon' and you can buy it at here at Amazon and other good booksellers.
And, after all that research, here is my selection of the ten VERY best sights in the county:
My Devon top ten places
The flower-bedecked fishing village tumbling down a wooded cliff to a harbour is THE essential Devon sight. It's expensive to park so think of alternatives like taxis and walking along the coast path - and try to time your visit to miss the crowds.
Visit Clovelly village website
2 Exeter Cathedral
You will have seen a thousand photos of the South West’s most famous building in its historic Close - but the ancient reality is so much better. It's such an inspiring building that Medieval pilgrims ground bits off the walls and drank it with water.
Visit the official Cathedral site
3 Plymouth Waterfront
We defy anyone to walk from the Hoe round to the Barbican and not start dreaming about Drake, Raleigh and the old Tudor seadogs. The cafes, shops and attractions are good but the view across Plymouth Sound is even better.
It's not easy to find good links for this but the city council's site is probably the best bet
4 Burgh Island
A unique chance to eat, stay or sip cocktails at a surreal art deco fantasy hotel on its own island - which is at its best when the tide is in. It's not cheap but the Burgh hotel experience is one of Britain's best.
Visit the hotel's site here
5 Climb Haytor
It’s worth braving the crowds at Dartmoor’s most popular Tor for the panoramic views. Dare yourself to clamber the metal steps to the top. You can usually see right down to the sea at Torbay. And there are plenty more Tors scattered around Dartmoor National Park.
This is a good interactive site about Haytor
Artists and poets have been inspired by England’s ‘Little Switzerland’ - and you can be too, especially if you ride the extraordinary water-powered Victorian cliff railway.
Click here for the official tourism site
Think Dartmoor’s rugged and wild? Well imagine a chunk of it adrift in the Atlantic carrying a cargo of seabirds - that’s Lundy. A helicopter is the expensive option, the boat is the choppy choice.
Visit the Lundy Island site here
One of the best views in England is from the ferry across Dartmouth Harbour. Once you've landed, wander around the charming old town for food, history, shopping and sights too.
The official tourism site is here
9 The Torridge Estuary
Appledore has the craftshops and quayside, Instow the galleries and sands, Bideford the history and bridge… and they’ve all got the great river Torridge alongside, which was the setting for the world-famous book Tarka the Otter.
There's no good website covering the area - this one at least has got a map
Still Britain’s greatest traditional seaside resort - with beaches, restaurants, grand villas, Victorian gardens, swaying palms and that extra touch of Mediterranean glamour. Eat fish and chips under the harbour's coloured illuminations or visit the exciting Living Coasts wildlife attraction at the water's edge.
Here's the slick official tourism site
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