Devon is packed with things to do and see. Visitors are charmed by the lush greenery, small-town feel, and many activities for families.
Devon has plenty of hotels to choose from, ranging from budget to luxury, and many of them the most charming and unique in the UK. Here are some things to see and do in Devon
See some History
Devon is famous for its quaint little villages and excellent cream teas. However if you’re a history buff you’re in luck, with looming castles, ancient abbey’s, and gorgeous historic houses waiting to be explored. Take a day to see some of the most impressive historic properties in Devon such as Dartmouth Castle which was built more than six hundred years ago. Visitors can climb up to the top of the gun tower or wander through the mazes in the “old battery”.
Fursdon house is a historic home which is still the residence of the Fursdon family who have been luck enough to live in the property for over seven hundred and fifty years. Guests can take a guided tour and listen to the exciting history and spooky ghost stories. The gardens are gorgeous so take a walk to the Cadbury castle before enjoying tea in the Coach hall tea room.
See some Art
When it comes to art, Devon has plenty to offer both visitors and locals. If you’re lucky enough to visit during Galleries week, which runs from the 16th to the 24th of October this year, you’ll find some magnificent new exhibitions from local artists.
Stop by the Guild of Craftsmen which is an incredible gallery displaying amazing pieces of craft such as jewellery, furniture, and ceramics, all created by the 240 members of the Guild. The guild has an excellent cafe which serves fresh local food, and if you can you should try to see the Summer Craft Exhibition which runs up to the 6th of September.
If you fancy being an artist yourself, head to China Blue in Totnes where you can paint your own design on a piece of beautiful ceramic pottery. Choose anything from plates to mugs and pots, and design a lovely treat for yourself or a gift for a friend.
See some Comedy
Devon is the place to be if comedy happens to be your thing. You can choose from headline stand-up acts, funny family shows, and true legends of comedy. The Dartmouth Shakespeare Week is performed in Dartmouth Castle and runs from the 4th to the 8th of August. This open air performance is back by popular demand and offers a fun and unique take on the class play of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Those with kids will want to see Shrek the Musical, which is based on the funny animation film, and if you’re after a stand-up comedy experience, consider seeing Jo Caulfield who has both scandalous one-liners and razor sharp wit to keep the audience entertained. Ken Dodd has been one of the funniest comics in Britain for the last 60 years, so for a chance to see his incredible show, swing by the Princess Theatre in Torquay on the 5th of September.