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The Monster Travel Guide to Devon - Holiday in the UKA holiday in the UK can scarcely offer more than the vast natural beauty, endless activities, and marvellous climate of south west England. Devon, squeezed between Cornwall and Somerset, is one of the UK's favourite holiday destinations, for Brits and those from overseas alike.


Devon is home to the breathtaking Dartmoor National Park, with its dramatic landscape of wooded river valleys, heather-covered moors and quaint traditional villages and hamlets. It's a wonderful destination for couples and lone travellers looking for somewhere to get away from it all, or for any active holidaymakers looking for a UK holiday where they can experience the Great Outdoors. Ramblers and cyclists will revel in the opportunities that Dartmoor offers, while nature lovers will be blown away by the native wildlife that thrive in this gorgeous part of England. 


Situated on the south coast of Devon, Torquay is part of the so-called 'English Riviera' of seaside towns along the Devon coast. A great destination for a spot of sightseeing, Torquay and its surrounding areas have many natural and cultural sites worth exploring. Start with a visit to Torquay Museum, which has exhibits going back 400 million years. A wonderful educational experience for kids and adults alike, what you will discover at the museum will act as a great base from which to discover other historical destinations in the area. Check out more cultural and historic sites, such as:

  • Torre Abbey
  • Compton Castle
  • Berry Pomeroy Castle
  • Totnes Castle
  • Dartmouth Castle
  • Oldway Mansion
  • Greenway House
  • Tessier Gardens
  • Princess Gardens
  • Kents Cavern
  • Brixham Heritage Museum

If you are looking for something a bit more up-to-date, you will be spoilt for choice. There are endless opportunities for retail therapy - both high street and independent, around the Torquay area. Try: 

  • Trago Mills
  • Torquay town centre
  • Torquay Harbour
  • Fore Street
  • Babbacombe
  • The Willows
  • The Torquay Indoor Market
  • Union Square
  • Shopping Centre

Mind you, if you've brought the kids with you, you're going to be looking for some days out that they will truly love. Torquay is far from short on these! Just some of the many family fun days out include:

  • Torquay Dinosaur World
  • Living Coasts - coastal zoo and discovery centre
  • The Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Woodlands Family Theme Park
  • Jungle Journey Adventure Gold
  • Babbacombe Cliff Railway
  • Crealy Adventure Park
  • Splashdown Quaywest
  • Paignton Zoo
  • House of Marbles
  • Paignton Pier
  • The Torquay Land Train

North Devon

Some of the UK's best surfing beaches can be found on the north Devon coast, second only to those in Cornwall.

Surf fans should head to Westward Ho!, Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe. But it's not just surfers who will get a kick out of the north Devon beaches.

Families absolutely adore the long stretches of golden sand to be found at Woolacombe, Croyde, Illfracombe and Saunton Sands, amongst others.

Simply head towards the sea and you're certain to find a glorious beach for sandcastles, splashing and sunbathing.

In the event that you want to venture inland with the family, North Devon is fantastic for days out and activities. There's Exmoor Zoo, the North Devon Falconry, or Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, for kids who love animals and nature.

If you're hoping to let them burn off their excess energy, then check out the Crealy Great Adventure Park, Milky Way Adventure Park, Exmouth Fun Park or Woodlands Leisure Park.

Whatever part of Devon you choose for your holiday in the UK this summer, you'll never be short of things to do. A UK holiday in this gorgeous part of England is perfect for families, allowing you to keep costs low, whilst creating lasting memories with loved ones, and having lots of fun in the sun! Even when the British weather grows temperamental, this will be no barrier to enjoying yourself on a holiday to Devon.

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