Finding accommodation in Devon is easy, with a huge number of hotels, guest houses and holiday cottages on offer... Read more
Along the south coast, places of interest include Brixham, Paignton and Dartmouth, all of which see a real boom in the summer holiday season, in no small part thanks to their idyllic coastal location and access to the splendid golden beaches that make Devon famous. Torquay is another prime example of a great Devon seaside resort; its sheer size means it has plenty on offer for holidaymakers, including smaller communities like Babbacombe, which boasts its own attractions.
Away from the coastline of Devon, hotels can be found in a number of pleasant inland towns. Barnstaple is a charming town which claims to be the oldest borough in England, boasting ruins of a castle dating back to the 11th century. For a sense of more recent history, Newton Abbot, to the south of the county, is a town that really expanded in the Victorian era as it was home to many of the railway works taking place in Devon. Further to the south west lies Kingsbridge, which is a popular tourist hub and offers impressive views across the estuary that shares its name. Of course, no account of Devon's visitor's attractions would be complete without mention of Exmoor. A landscape like no other and with a much starker beauty than that of the rolling hills in the south of the county, Exmoor has been a National Park since 1954 and covers an area of around 270 square miles.
For those looking for a livelier holiday, the larger towns and cities like Plymouth and Exeter may be the best choice, while Torquay or Paignton are ideal for those seeking the quintessential seaside resort. Guest houses and holiday cottages on Exmoor or in the South Hams district will give visitors a prime location amongst the outstanding natural beauty that Devon has in true abundance. Other attractions in Devon, which has a superb maritime history, include Buckfast Abbey, Dartington Crystal and Burgh Island.
It's wise to book hotels in Devon as far in advance as possible, especially if you plan to visit during the popular summer season.