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Best things to do in Devon

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“This is one of our favourite beaches along the A379 heading towards Dartmouth. It’s a great spot for a swim as its turquoise waters are clean (it is a Blue Flag beach) and usually calm. It’s also possible to hire kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. On the beach, with views of the bay, is the Venus Café & Bar. There are lifeguards on duty in July and August. You have to pay to park.”
54 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“The iconic Cobb wall is an historic stone pier that stretches out to sea to protect the harbour at Lyme Regis. It famously features in Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and was a memorable feature of John Fowles' novel 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' and the film adaptation (1981) featuring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. ”
34 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Fabulous food with stunning views. Good idea to book, no dogs except on the balcony.”
45 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Theme park approx 1 hour drive away (it's not far but the roads are windy!). Family friendly, medium sized theme park with plenty for a whole day of fun. ”
34 locals recommend
Establishment
“Visit Berry Head and see the remains of the old fort. Great views and a café too.”
21 locals recommend
Establishment
“approx. 7 miles. This amazingly good beach is part of the designated South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s also won awards from the Marine Conservation Society and the coveted Blue Flag, so you know it’s clean. You can see Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island from the beach - a couple of interesting locations that are well worth a visit. You can get to Burgh Island by taking a ride on the famous ‘sea-tractor’, which the kids will love. Bantham is shallow and sandy so it’s great for families with kids who want to do a little swimming or paddling, and to keep anxious parents’ minds at rest there are lifeguards on duty from May to September. At low tide, you’ll find loads of shallow pools that warm up quickly in the sun and are perfect for crab hunting. But there’s more to Bantham beach than just sun, sand and ice cream. It’s also one of the best surfing beaches in South Devon. The beach has got mellow waves for beginners (known in surf-speak as ‘ankle slappers’), while the mouth of the River Avon fires out enough rips and breaks to test even the most radical hot-doggers.”
46 locals recommend
Cinema
“Big cinema complex for recent releases and mainstream films. Great for rainy days. ”
8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great food grown around on the Riverford farm eaten in the field kitchen on shared tables with large bowls and set menu. fab food and a wonderful spot. ”
46 locals recommend
Building
“Plenty of things to do here. Shopping, restaurants, beautiful views set in the granite backdrop of Royal William Yard, a former Royal Navy victually centre.”
27 locals recommend
Animal Shelter
“Wonderful place to take small children in particular to meet donkeys, open 365 days a year, admission and parking free”
30 locals recommend
Historic Site
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“Atmospheric house containing family silver, china and books from the 1950s with a woodland garden. ”
22 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“We overlook the moor and the views are spectacular. A mixture of isolated moorland, ideal for walkers. Lots of small sites of interest and lovely village pubs with good country fare.”
43 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“Modern, smart, spacious shopping with great coffee shops and restaurants included.”
23 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Leading shopping destination with over 60 retailers, including clothes, footwear, homeware, food and more. www.drakecircus.com/shops”
11 locals recommend
Park
“The Milky Way has it all and more with young children and those growing this is a great day out for all the family.”
28 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“A lovely place to while away the morning watching the world go by over a cofee”
22 locals recommend