If you are planning a trip to Devon any time soon, no doubt you’ll be dreaming of strolls along beautiful, sandy beaches interspersed with stops for cream teas and the occasional glass of scrumpy cider – and quite rightly so. Devon is filled with stunning scenery (take your pick from five areas of Outstanding Beauty, two National Parks, and an impressive 200 miles of spectacular coastline) and is home to some truly delicious food (who can resist a cream tea?) for locals and tourists alike. But where do you go if you are looking for Devon’s top attractions? Read on and we’ll let you in on a few of the county’s best gems…
Powderham Castle, Kenton
One of England’s oldest family homes, you can marvel at the 600 years of history contained within Powderham Castle’s (really rather ancient) walls. Construction of the castle started in 1391 by Sir Philip Courtenay and over the years the many owners have met a variety of fates – including a few who’ve lost their heads. These days, things are a lot calmer and the castle is home to the 18th Earl of Devon – who has his head placed firmly on his shoulders.
Crealy Great Adventure Park, Exeter
From high-octane white-knuckle rides and water fun to indoor play areas and the chance to meet some super-friendly animals, there’s plenty to keep kids (and everyone young at heart) happy. You might want to discover the underwater world of Atlantis, explore the Jurassic Jungle by jeep or take a journey back in time on the Maximus rollercoaster. You’ll go from zero to hero in an instant.
The Anchor Inn, Cockwood
With so much coastline, you might want a menu to match. The Anchor Inn nestled in the harbour at Cockwood specializes in seafood and much more. Whether you’re after a bar snack, fancy the catch of the day or want to sit down to a full a la carte menu, the choice is yours. Plus, there could be a mystical charm to your meal because rumour has it that a friendly ghost and his dog haunt the Inn. You may be afraid, but at least you won’t be hungry…
Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth
Whether it’s taking in the sights of the English Riviera, marvelling at the Jurassic coastline or reliving the area’s smuggling history, sailing the waters of South Devon is a great way to take in the sights. The family-run Stuart Line Cruises has been operating since 1968 and can give your trip a whole new perspective.
Go Ape, Haldon Forest Park
Talking of different perspectives, let’s not forget Devon is also home to one of Go Ape’s dare-devil treetop adventures in Haldon Forest Park. Perhaps, not one of Devon’s best kept secrets, but well worth its place on the list, a visit here will give you a unique view of Dartmoor National Park as you whizz down zip wires, launch yourself off Tarzan swings, and take on the high ropes and crossings. Although, maybe leave the scrumpy drinking session till after your visit.
To find out more about places to go and things to do come rain or shine, check out www.lotstodo.co.uk.