- Areas to visit
- Things to do
- Food & Drink
- Inspire me...
For further information visit the Heart of Devon website.
Whether you’re planning your summer holidays in Devon or are looking for somewhere to slip away to in the depths of winter for a romantic break away for two, Exeter and the surrounding area has something to offer you, whatever the weather and whoever you’re with.
Read our Exeter guide: ten top things to do
Summer in Exeter and the surrounding area brings with it days on the beach, a chance to explore the local countryside and balmy nights where you can while away the evening in sophisticated cafés and stylish restaurants. Exeter and the surrounding area offers a bounty of Devon attractions, perfect for families, couples and even backpackers. The majority of the area, such as East Devon and the imposing Blackdown Hills, has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, along with the Jurassic Coast, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So if you’re looking for wildlife, sites of historical interest or simply a chance to lose yourself in some of the UK’s most stunning countryside then Exeter and the coast and coutryside nearby is an absolute must.
You’ll find Exeter at the heart of Devon - a beautiful Roman walled city that seamlessly mixes ancient and modern. Wander through the cobbled streets and squares that surround the 15th Century Exeter Cathedral and you’ll suddenly find yourself in a stylish, modern high street, with cutting-edge designer boutiques, award-wining restaurants and art galleries dotted amongst all the shops you’d expect from a 21st Century shopping centre. The recently-improved and extended Exeter Royal Albert Memorial Museum can take you on a guided tour through the city’s history, and you can even explore life below the city by visiting Exeter’s Underground Passages. Less than 10 miles away, you can find yourself on miles of unspoilt sands at Exmouth Beach, or enjoy an ice cream, or Devon Cream Tea in the chocolate-box town of Budleigh Salterton.
The warm weather also brings with it a chance to enjoy outdoor things to do in Devon, such as the famous Sidmouth Folk Festival, the arts and crafts of the Devon County Show, or sample Devon food and drink at the annual Exeter Food Festival. Wherever you decide to explore, you won’t be short of places to stay in Devon. The Heart of Devon has an astonishing range of accommodation to choose from such as family-friendly B&Bs, luxury self-catering cottages for hire and discreet luxury hotels, of which some have played host to many visiting celebrities.
The chillier weather offers the opportunity to get cosy in the Exeter area's rustic pubs serving Devon food and drink. In addition to snuggling up in front of real fires and enjoying local food, autumn and winter bring with them a host of festivals and fairs. Visit Ottery St Mary on November the 5th and you could find yourself caught up in the 17th Century spectacular tradition of tar-barrel rolling, or visit Beer for their annual Rhythm and Blues Festival. Wrap up and enjoy a brisk coastal walk along the award winning South West Coast Path, your chance to view stunning Sidmouth and Branscombe from great heights.
The weather doesn’t have to determine when you take your holidays in Devon. Our website can tell you when you can see the events that will make your holiday one to remember.