Devon is renowned for an assortment of things such as its spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches and of course the Devonshire cream tea, all making it a popular holiday destination. It is also the only county in England that has two National Parks and the only county in the UK to have non-continuous coastline on both the north and south.

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Where is Devon?

You will find the glorious county of Devon lying in the heart of South West England, bordered by Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall. Take a look at our map of Devon to plan your next holiday in Devon.


There are approximately 1.1 million people living in Devon. The county has a relatively low population density in comparison to other regions in England.

Brief history of Devon

Human remains have previously been discovered in Kents Cavern in Torquay, dating back an estimated 30,000-40,000 years and it is thought that Dartmoor was inhabited by Mesolithic hunter gatherers as far back as 6000 BC.

Devon’s name comes from the word Dumnonia, as it was once home to the Dumnonni Celts during the British Iron Age and Roman Britain, and is thought to mean ‘deep valley dwellers’. The Celtic region flourished for almost 500 years, although there were constant threats of invasions from the Anglo-Saxons, with many battles taking place against the West Saxons.

Eventually the Kings of Dumnonia are thought to have withdrawn to safer strongholds in Cornwall and Devon had its first mention in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in AD 823. The area was originally part of the Wessex Sees of Winchester and then Sherborne but it was given its own Bishop in AD 905, which was based at Bishop''s Tawton, though quickly transferred to Crediton.

Following King William the Conqueror’s invasion in 1066, he quickly recognised the importance of securing the West Country and divided the rich farmland up amongst his Norman Barons. Since his reign, there were a number of further battles affecting Devon throughout the centuries, including the Civil War of King Steven, coastal attacks by the French and the Prayer Book Rebellion.

Geography and ecology

Devon is a very rural county, made up of hilly landscapes, coastal cliffs and sandy shores. As mentioned above, there are two National Parks in Devon, one being Dartmoor, which is the largest open space in Southern England. Here you’ll find granite tors, which entice walkers of all abilities to the area. The second is Exmoor, which lies in both Devon and Somerset, and is a large stretch of open moorland.

65% of Devon’s coastline is recognised as Heritage Coast, with the South West Coast Path running the entirety, offering an extensive selection of beautiful walks beside the sea. The coastal town of Exmouth marks the western end of the Jurassic Coast, a section of coastline known for its impressive landforms and discovery of fossils.

Other places of interest include the English Riviera, noted for its sub-tropical climate and the North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which is centred around Braunton Burrows. You’ll find a wide range of wildlife in Devon, ranging from Dartmoor ponies to bottlenose dolphins. Devon has its own wildlife trust which cares for a number of nature reserves throughout the county.

Major cities, towns, and villages in Devon

Devon is home to two cities; the county town of Exeter, and Plymouth, also known as the ocean city. Both have a rich heritage and a wealth of things to do and see. Places of interest include Exeter Cathedral, Plymouth Barbican and Plymouth Hoe.

The south of the county is renowned for its coastal resorts and Torbay is one of the most popular destinations. Comprising of towns such as Paignton, Brixham and Torquay, the golden beaches, mild climate and leisure attractions are what draw many to the area. Other seaside resorts include Westward Ho!, Croyde and Woolacombe, which are all located in the north of the county.

There are also a wide selection of rural market towns throughout, from Barnstaple and Bideford to Okehampton and Tiverton , all with markets still running today.

Interesting places in Devon

The Rosemont

Greenbank Terrace, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6DR
Tel: 01822 852175  Mobile: 07801 953194

Hospitality at The Rosemont

We are open all year round

Hello and welcome from Nick and Heather, and our daughter Grace. We hope you like what you find here at our website, but if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch.

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Worswell Barton

Noss Mayo, Plymouth, Devon PL8 1HB
Tel: 01752 872977 Email:

Worswell Barton really is a hidden gem: 600 acres of National Trust Land on the Peninsula of the river Yealm, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by the South Devon Coastal Footpath. Worswell Barton was once part of the Revelstoke Estate situated on its 12-mile Carriage way, with wooded hills sloping down to the sea on three sides, great open views towards Dartmoor National Park, Rame Head in Cornwall, and Burgh Island, Bigbury, can be seen from the coast nearby.

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Woolacombe Bay Hotel

North Devon EX34 7BN
Tel: 01271 870388 Email:

Winner of ‘Best Hotel’ at the North Devon Food, Drink & Tourism Awards 2017

Welcome to Woolacombe Bay, where Britain’s ultimate beach meets one of best award-winning North Devon hotels. Timelessly elegant yet friendly and relaxed, we offer the perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle, explore the coast or simply relax and take in some of Devon’s most epic scenery. Pack a surf board or a picnic

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Villa Bonair B&B

41 Marine Drive, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2NS
Tel: 07492 850281   Email:

Welcome to the Villa Bonair

A luxury friendly bed and breakfast, enjoying a seafront location and spectacular views of Torquay and Brixham.
Offers a choice of double, family and twin rooms. These rooms enjoy en-suite, colour TV’s, tea / coffee making facilities and double glazing.

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The Belmont Hotel

The Esplanade, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RX
Tel: 01395 512555   Email:

Originally the summer residence of a grand Victorian family, the Belmont retains the warm ambience of a family home. Dining at the Belmont Restaurant is an unforgettable experience, with traditional Silver Service, complemented by our dress code of jacket and tie.

Relax and be cosseted in style, as you enjoy a Devon Cream Tea or a

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Langleigh Guest House

The Village, Berrynarbor, Combe Martin, North Devon EX34 9SG
Tel: 01271 883410 Email:

Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe on the North Devon coast, Berrynarbor is a quiet picturesque, traditional black-and-white painted village, itself, a frequent repeat ‘Best Kept Village’ and ‘Britain in Bloom’ winner.

Set in a beautifully crafted one-and-a-half acre garden, the house has

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Innisfree Hotel

Innisfree Hotel. 12 Colin Road, Paignton, Devon TQ3 2NR
Tel: 01803 550692 Email:

Welcome to the Innisfree

INNISFREE is a friendly, family-run Bed & Breakfast in Paignton, less than 100 yards level walk from Paignton seafront and sandy beach. We are just a few minutes walk from the main shopping area, railway station and all amenities. You have access at all times with your own key.

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The Devon Long House

Whitehall, Marwood, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4EQ
Tel: 01271 375410 Email:

Come and Escape to the Countryside

Welcome to The Little House self catering cottage. Located in the heart of North Devon, the perfect yet peaceful location for exploring the North Devon Coast and Exmoor. We are dog friendly and we welcome children of all ages.

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The Sun Bay Hotel

Hope Cove, Kingsbridge, Devonshire TQ7 3HH
Tel: 01548 561371 Email:

Come and escape the hurly burly of modern life with a visit to our seaside hotel in the delightful South Hams. With safe beaches on our doorstep, Hope Cove is truly an idyllic and unspoilt haven with Salcombe and Kingsbridge only a short distance away.

Park up your car, relax and take in the views. Whether its family beach

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Norwood Guest House

60 Belgrave Road, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5HY
Tel: +44 (0)1803 294236 Email:

The Perfect Place to Relax

If you are looking for a guest house, hotel or bed and breakfast in Torquay, try The Norwood Guesthouse first, situated in the popular Belgravia area of this attractive English Riviera resort. We focus on old-fashioned hospitality, clean comfortable rooms and beautifully

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