Wonwell beach, Devon © VisitBritain / Peter Anderson

Verdant meadows, sandy beaches and rugged moors make the county of Devon one of Britain’s most charming holiday destinations.

Hiking at sunset in Dartmoor National Park, Devon © VisitBritain
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Mixing heritage, history and nature, there’s plenty of exciting things to do in Devon for those on everything from family holidays to romantic escapes. The bustling market towns and hundreds of gorgeous beaches are complemented by two national parks, many areas of outstanding natural beauty and a host of Devon attractions to keep you busy, whether that’s wandering the county’s 205 miles of coastal paths, taking in the picturesque English Riviera, or discovering the highlights of the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast. Other places to visit in Devon include the award-winning sands of Woolacombe Beach, the majestic Exeter Cathedral and Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium. Experience sheep racing at The BIG Sheep, a horse-drawn barge ride with the Tiverton Canal Company or a journey on the Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular Railway. Visit Devon to experience all this and more.

Where is Devon?

Located in the south west of England, Devon is served by numerous road, rail and air routes. Bristol Airport is circa 70 miles from Devon (just over an hour-and-a-half by car) and serves more than 70 global destinations. The nearest airport is at Exeter, based in the county, which serves numerous domestic and European destinations. 

Getting around Devon

Devon is very well connected with two main rail links from London, alongside a vast public transport and road network. Great Western Railway and South West Trains provide services from London Paddington and London Waterloo respectively to stations including Tiverton, Exeter St Davids, Newton Abbot and Plymouth. National Express services from all over the country provide routes to every corner of Devon, alongside regional bus services which provide a quick and convenient means of getting around the county.

  • Visit Devon has an array of tourist information centres across the county to assist with your Devon tourism needs
  • They also have an array of brochures and guides to help you plan your trip
  • Several companies offer cycle hire in Devon to explore the national parks, coastal trails and sandy beaches at your own pace


Big sections of Devon are best explored on foot, from the striking surroundings of Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks to more than 200 miles of the South West Coast Path.


Stagecoach operates a range of services across Devon and has an interactive map of all routes to help you plan your trip. Tickets can be purchased from the driver using cash and contactless payment options.