If you’ve never been to Devon or it’s been a while since you’ve had the chance, make 2023 the year you visit. There are so many things to see and do in Devon that it can be hard to pick just a handful of reasons why it should be your top choice for a staycation in 2023, but we’ll try and convince you anyway.

The coastlines

Did you know Devon has more than one coastline? Well, it does and each of them are glorious. In the south you’ll find the coast is lined with palm trees, while in the east there is the historic Jurassic Coast. In North Devon, the coast falls into the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forms the UK’s first surf reserve.

The traditions

Like much of the West Country, Devon is full of fun traditions that seem to have been forgotten by the rest of the UK. In Ottery St Mary there is a procession of flaming tar barrels every bonfire night and a massive firework display in the summer in Plymouth. Not only that but you also get great West Country traditions like Wassailing.

The cities

Devon has two cities, Exeter and Plymouth and both offer incredible, history, heritage and culture. From live music venues to watersports, eateries and more there is plenty to keep you entertained here. Exeter has the famous cathedral, while Plymouth has the historic Royal William’s Yard. Both are well worth a visit, whether for a day trip or a longer stay.

The countryside

Devon has an abundance of open green space – from the two National Parks to the array of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is loads of green space to explore, whether by foot, by bike or horse back. Why not grab your bikes and head along the Tarka Trail if you’re in North Devon or go for a ramble across Dartmoor?

The food

Devon isn’t known as being the South West’s natural larder for no reason. The locally produced food and drink, gin distilleries, fresh fish and more. Wherever you go, you’ll find sustainable, local food and drink on menus across the county, we recommend booking a B&B so you can sample a real Devon breakfast!