Look, this wasn’t easy, but we’ve narrowed down just five of Devon’s towns and villages to offer you some suggestions of places to visit while you’re in the county. Devon is full of beautiful places to visit and stay and is home to some of the most charming towns and villages in the UK, so this is by no means a definitive list. In fact, if your favourite town or village isn’t included, let us know! You can get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Just on the outskirts of Torquay, Cockington is a fabulous place to spend a few hours, it is regularly referred to as a ‘Chocolate Box’ village and it is the most quintessentially British place you could go. Cockington is full of narrow, cobbled streets, thatched cottages and many other historic buildings.
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Of course we had to mention Clovelly, this village in the north of Devon is like visiting a whole different era. The traditional 16th Century homes stand along narrow cobbled streets and the high street gives you some amazing views of Bideford Bay. Clovelly is one of the only villages that has been privately owned for the past 800 years, which is why it has been so well preserved. Traffic is banned on the main thoroughfares, so be prepared to have a bit of a walk, but it is a beautiful place to wander around.
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This town is the hive of art and crafts in Devon, you’ll find a bohemian vibe to the place as well as regular markets that hark back to the town’s establishment back in Elizabethan times. It has a rich history and can be found in the middle of an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty making it a great place to visit for shopping, photography and more.
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This is one of Devon’s most popular resorts and has been since Victorian times. It is a visually appealing place to go and deserves at least one post on your Instagram profile. Ilfracombe is near many of the north’s sandy beaches and has plenty of nearby attractions to keep you entertained during your stay.
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Shaldon, which you can find near Teignmouth alongside the River Teign is a popular choice because it is completely unspoiled and retains much of its original charm. Many of the families in the village have been there for generations and are still linked to the fishing industry, so you’ll find a wide array of boats in this little seaside village, as well as a lovely beach. For those travelling with families, Shaldon has a host of great family friendly attractions and the village itself is on the South West Coast Path, making it a great destination for those that like exploring.
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