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Whether you are a first time visitor to Devon or a resident, our blog is the perfect place to find top tips for travel around the county, ideas and inspiration for your stay and all the latest news. 

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Between the covers – a brief guide to literary Exeter

Devon is awash with literary connections, from Agatha Christie who was born in Torquay and kept a holiday home in the English Rivera to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who used the wilds of Dartmoor as inspiration for the Hound of the Baskervilles – there are connections to our favourite books everywhere…

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No tricks and all treats in Devon this Halloween!

We’re biased when we say that Devon is a picturesque and stunning place to spend some time. It’s full of charming villages, plenty of activities and no end of incredible food and drink but like anywhere, it has a darker side and as Halloween is just around the corner, here are some of the most spine…

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Devon’s myths and legends

As spooky season approaches, we thought we would lead you in gently by introducing you to some of Devon’s myths and legends. Like many places across the West Country, Devon is a haven for local folklore and supernatural stories that have been passed down through the generations. Read on to find out…

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Ahoy! Find out more about Devon’s pirate history!

Arrgh me hearties, 19 th September is International Talk like a Pirate Day and as so many of the nation’s infamous pirates came from Devon, we thought we would introduce you to some of them! As you might expect from a coastal area, Devon has an incredibly long and fascinating maritime history…

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Explore Exeter’s history with the city’s Blue Plaques

One of the best ways to explore a city is by following a city walk or guided tour and Exeter is no exception. There are a host of fascinating guided walks around the city for you to enjoy, but if you want to set out on your own, why not plan a route around Exeter’s Blue Plaques where you can learn…

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Discover a new side to Devon this September

Make the fun of the summer last longer by joining in with this year’s Heritage Open Days. The annual festival of heritage across Britain is back this September, starting on 8 th and running through to the 17 th . As the largest festival of history and culture in England, Heritage Open Days are a great…

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Conquer the magnificent castles of Devon

Devon, a county with a fascinating past, boasts a diverse range of castles that have withstood the test of time. From ancient Roman occupation to Norman conquests and medieval grandeur, these castles offer a glimpse into the region's intriguing history. Let's embark on a journey to discover some of…

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Learn more about one of Devon’s most historic gardens

The Rose Garden at Buckland Abbey was only put in around the turn of the millennium as an Elizabethan-style Garden. Over the years, it has undergone several different planting designs and has now developed into a very modern rose garden. Find out more about the historic rose garden at Buckland Abbey…

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Celebrate Devon Day with our Devon dialect quiz!

Happy Devon Day! For those of you who don’t know, Devon Day is celebrated annually on 4 th June and is a national celebration of all things Devon. There are loads of ways to celebrate Devon Day, especially as it falls within the Half Term week this year – you could enjoy a cream tea (the Devon way of…

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