Places to Visit in City, Coast & Countryside
EXETER and TOPSHAM
The historic city of Exeter is located right in the heart of Devon, surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site. It is a city full of heritage and culture, with 2,000 years of history to be discovered at fascinating visitor attractions, ranging from Exeter Cathedral's magnificent Gothic architecture to the mysterious medieval Exeter's Underground Passages.
Diverse shopping quarters offer everything from vintage boutiques to designer labels at John Lewis, with fascinating specialist Exeter shopping haunts like narrow cobbled Gandy Street.
The city's historic quayside is a hub of activity, with cycle and canoe hire available to explore the River Exe and canal, and the Quay Climbing Centre providing a lofty space in which to climb. Hire a bicycle and follow the Exe Estuary Trail, a 26 mile foot and cycle path following the Exe Estuary linking Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish, with fantastic views along the River Exe.
There are many award winning eateries offering the best of Devon food and drink. Restaurants in Exeter are regularly rated in the top 20 UK eating venues. Sample mouthwatering menus created from fresh local Devon produce - Bon Appetit!
Topsham is a small historic town on the River Exe Estuary, just four miles from Exeter. It has an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, many with a strong maritime flavour.
With breathtaking views, the Devon coast and countryside includes some of the most stunning seascapes to be found in Britain including the South West Coast Path, and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site. It is a fantastic journey through 185 million years of the Earth's geology. Dotted along this coastline are beaches of pebbles and sand, edging charming seaside towns and fishing villages with Georgian, Regency and Victorian architecture.
Create happy memories of Devon holidays that will last a lifetime - take a boat trip, admire cliff-top views, get energetic by trying a new watersport, or simply build sandcastles and treat yourself to a Devon cream tea!
Devon holidays are truly magical, where the vibrant tapestry of patchworked fields, rolling hills, shady woods, and windswept moorland unfolds to reveal an inspirational landscape.
The East Devon and Blackdown Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be explored using a network of footpaths, bridleways, and cycle tracks which conceal an abundance of flora and fauna including carpets of bluebells, circling buzzards, shy fallow deer, and maybe even a sleek, sinuous otter.
Dartmoor National Park is one of the last great wildernesses in the UK with an inspirational landscape of heatherclad moors and rugged tors.
Visit Mid Devon for countryside pleasures include visiting ancient churches, browsing colourful street markets, and discovering rural crafts, not to mention foodie treats like sampling real ales in a thatched pub, or tucking into a Devon cream tea.
The region lends itself naturally to outdoor activities, with centres for watersports along the Jurassic Coast, including wakeboarding and kite surfing, and many walking and cycling routes providing an excellent way in which to explore the city, coast and country.