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Devon – Known as “The English Riviera”

Devon is located in the south-west of England and is the only county in the country to have two separate coastlines (in the north and south).

Human remains have been found in the area that date back 30–40,000 years and hunter-gatherers are believed to have occupied Dartmoor from around 6000 BC. Much later the Romans controlled the area, followed by visits from the Saxons and then the Normans. The county witnessed many conflicts and wars in the years that followed.

In the past Devon was known for producing tin, copper and other metals, and agriculture played an important part, although this was badly affected by the ‘foot and mouth’ crisis in 2001.

Devon has been an attraction for tourists from the time railways appeared in the county and the economy relies heavily on this trade. Its favourable climate and attractive seaside locations have led to its nickname of “The English Riviera”

Reasons to visit Devon

Devon caters for all interests, for the family there is the Babbacombe Model Village, Big Sheep, Escot Park, Exmoor Zoo, Milky Way Adventure Park, Pecorama, Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre, River Dart Adventures and Woodlands Family Theme Park.

If you like castles, there is Castle Drogo, Dartmouth Castle, Powderham Castle and Watermouth Castle. There are many Abbeys and Stately Homes to see, and of course a good selection of excellent beaches to choose from, like Blackpool Sands for example. Railway enthusiasts are also catered for, but if you prefer to take it easy and enjoy the nature, Devon can help you with that as well.

Entertainment and Dining in Devon

As you would expect with a popular tourist spot, there is plenty of entertainment available (theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs). There are many eating places to choose from that cater for all tastes, such as The Galley in Topsham (European), Orange Tree Restaurant in Torquay (European) and The Colosseum in Teignmouth (Italian).

Accommodation in Devon

Devon offers every kind of accommodation, Guest Houses, B&Bs, self-catering cottages, camping sites and hotels like the Yeoldon House Hotel in Bideford, Ascot House Hotel in Torquay and the Roundham Lodge Hotel in Paignton.