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WEEKEND BREAKS IN

Devon

Salted maritime cities, secluded moorland villages, sparkling blue coves, and chunky award-winning coastline. Welcome to Devon, friends - where the weekends come wet and wild.

Why weekend in Devon?

It's blissfully invigorating

Straddling the UK’s southern peninsula, Devon is a lush, juicy county with wildly different coastlines to the north and south, and a huge windswept centre, in the form of Dartmoor National Park.

It is home to five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the South West Coast Path – the UK’s longest national trail.

There are must-see maritime cities, such as Plymouth and Exeter, cute coastal villages, like Salcombe and Appledore, and ancient market towns, including South Molton and Axminster.

So, whatever kind of weekend you want, Devon delivers on all fronts. For foodies looking for incredible local culinary experiences. For water babies in search of giant swells and meandering rivers. For walkers craving fresh sea-flecked air and open space. And for culture vultures who love music, theatre, history and art.

Brace yourself, Devon has it all.

INSPIRED PLACES TO STAY IN DEVON

Well, these are gurt lush

So, what will it be: cute cottage, campsite with a view, unique glamping, boutique hotel or fabulous B&B? Devon has the pick of the bunch for all types of budget and tastes. Here are some Devon accommodation gems that all come with our official seal of approval.

W/E from £400
Lakeside Luxury

Go on, push the boat out! Luxury Glamping in North Devon

Supremely gorgeous houseboat glamping in North Devon. VIP interiors, private freshwater lake, sleeps 2, separate luxe bath house. Adults only.

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From £90pn
Off-grid and secluded

Wildflowers & Wagons: Boho Trailer and Truck Glamping in South Devon

Get set for gorgeous glamping in rural South Devon style. Choose from a stunning Airstream trailer or a brilliant ex-BBC filming truck. From £90pn.

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W/E From £211
Historic Tower

Sleep like Rapunzel in Peter's Tower Devon

Peter's Tower is a late 18th-century memorial building that deliberately echos of Venice's St Mark's Campanile - it's a quirky place to stay for 2.

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HONITON

Stargazing log cabins that are out of this world

With endless views of the heavens, these 3 Devon cabins are a stargazer’s dream come true.

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EXE VALLEY

Safari tent Devon heaven!

Foxes Earth, Badger Sett, Heronry and Otter Holt - 4 fabulous safari tents perfect for families.

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DARTMOUTH

Ship loads of maritime charm awaits at the Royal Castle Hotel

Fabulous river views, beautiful rooms, delicious food - this historic hotel has it all!

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EWORTHY

High and mighty: welcome to Yeworthy Treehouse

An off-grid retreat for 2, tucked away in a small, quiet Devon hamlet.

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TRIED & TESTED

It's bed without the breakfast at Just B, Dartmouth

A cosy and homely room for the night, hold the fry up!

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INSPIRATION

10 Devon glamping spots open all year

Independent glamping escapes, run by passionate owners and open for Devon escapes all year long.

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HOT TUB BREAK

Try The Linney Cottage for a bubbling good weekend

2 bedroom, modern cottage that's part of Cofton Holiday Park – an award-winning camping and carava...

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EPIC THINGS TO DO IN DEVON

Marvellously different

With more things to do than you can possibly manage in just a weekend or on a midweeker, Devon will lure you back again and again. From fabulous food and drink to the outdoor adventures, whether you’re on the north or south coast you won’t be twiddling your thumbs. Here are a few suggestions to add to My Weekends.

WHY NOT TRY?

Splish splash: Dartmouth boat trips you'll love

Super-boost your Vitamin Sea with these 7 boat trips from Dartmouth.

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INSPIRATION

Namaste North Devon: yoga & surf with Swell

New friends, new skills and a new you - Swell Yoga is about to restore you back to factory settings.

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WHY NOT TRY?

Exhilarating red stag safari on Exmoor

Adventure awaits with Red Stag Safari – a locally-run company that takes you to see the famed Exmoor red stags.

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EAT & DRINK

Nom nom: a foodie break enjoying Devon's award-winning gems

We headed to Devon for a 2-night foodie break - and were very glad we packed elasticated pants.

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TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN DEVON

Weekend Guides & Itineraries

Spending 24 or 48hrs in Devon? Let us help you squeeze the best out of your time in the region – here are our top guides and itineraries for you to use, all tried and tested by us. If your chosen Dorset village or town guide isn’t featured yet, we’re on the case. We update content all the time, so sign up for The Weekend Edit to be the first to hear about new guides.

EASY PEASY WEEKENDS

Exploring Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Bigbury-on-Sea

Ready to spend 24 hours in three of South Devon's prettiest spots? Let's go!

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EASY PEASY WEEKENDS

Local and loved: Things to do in Teignmouth

Get closer to the Teignmouth's top spots and historical allure with our 24hr guide.

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INSPIRATION

South Devon delights: 7 weekend-friendly things to do

Pull on your boots and embrace the adventure in South Devon.

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INSPIRATION

6 Dartmouth beaches for good times and tan lines!

Quiet and secluded coves, family-friendly stretches of golden sand, Dartmouth is a spot to easily try them all.

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WORTH THE DETOUR

Devon towns and villages you’d be crazy to miss

Truth is, you’re going to need longer than a weekend. Devon is home to two historic buzzing cities – Plymouth and Exeter – for those who like the throb of urban life – as well as laid-back villages and chilled out market towns.

One of our favourite towns, sat on the banks of the River Dart, is the famous maritime port of Dartmouth. Expect boutique shopping, fabulous independent food, and festivals all year long.

Trendy Salcombe also gets our vote (especially out of season when it’s quieter), as does it’s less well-known counterpart Kingsbridge, both on the southern-most tip of Devon. Bigbury-on-Sea is a stunning beach that’s beautiful all year long where you can try windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing.

On the north coast, CroydeSaunton and Woolacombe are perfect for riding the waves. And for a real wildlife adventure, try the fabulous Lundy Island. If you prefer your thrills inland, then make a beeline for South Molton, Barnstaple or Clovelly.

GOOD TO KNOW

The best time to visit Devon

Spring: Devon is home to some beautiful gardens including Rosemoor and Marwood Hill and spring is the perfect time to see them burst into bud. Alternatively, the Dartmouth Steam Railway Round Robin trip reopens in May and is a wonderful way to explore the area by rail and boat.

Summer: From surfing to music festivals, Devon is a summer paradise with gorgeous beaches and average temperatures of around 21°C. It’s also something of a tourist hotspot so plan ahead and make plenty of advanced bookings if you’re taking a summer jaunt. 

Autumn: Summer in Devon can be busy and bustling so if you fancy a quieter break, an autumn trip might be for you. The area’s beautiful beaches and scenery are still at their best at this time of year and Dartmoor National Park becomes a fabulous blaze of colour that must be explored.

Winter: Many of the area’s attractions close for winter but there is still plenty to enjoy in Devon during the colder months. Cream teas, Christmas markets and an abundance of first-rate bars and restaurants make the perfect spots for those who prefer to explore indoors.

NEED TO KNOW

Getting to Devon

Distance from London: Devon is just over 170 miles from London making it the perfect weekend road trip destination.

Nearest airport: Exeter

By rail: GWR operates trains to Exeter from stations across London, the south-west of England and Wales including from Paddington, Gatwick, Reading, Bristol, Brighton, Portsmouth and Swansea.

By bus: National Express runs up to eight services per day between London Victoria Coach Station and Exeter, calling at Heathrow and Reading stations.

By road: The M5 runs from West Bromwich to Devon while the M3 and A303 connect London to Devon with a journey time of just over four hours.

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