Devon's History and Heritage

Did you know Devon is home to the youngest castle in England? Castle Drogo, which is full of interesting architecture and surrounded by beautiful walks. Did you also know that some of the oldest settlements in England were found in Devon?

Devon has many historic houses and buildings to explore, including Buckfast Abbey, Powderham Castle and Exeter Cathedral. We’ve also an abundance of historic tors, which can be found scattered all around Dartmoor and Exmoor, as well as historic landmarks and attractions including Smeaton’s Tower in Plymouth and the South Devon railway in Buckfastleigh.

Fascinating History and Heritage

There are many exciting trails you can follow to discover Devon’s heritage, such as the Exeter Woollen Trail around Exeter city centre, The Laira Heritage Trail along the Plym Estuary, The Blue Plaque heritage trail in the English Riviera and Sidmouth, Plym’s Old Lines Walk,  The Tarka Trail, the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail and a whole host of different coastal trails in North Devon.  

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Learn about Devon’s pirates in Brixham and Plymouth this month

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This month is going to be a pirate extravaganza in Devon! Don’t worry though, you won’t find anyone attempting to overthrow your boat and walk the plank, though it is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Devon’s pirate history. Did you know that many of the famous pirates of yesteryear are…

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The history you can walk around on Dartmoor

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Dartmoor in the springtime is a magical place to be, from the new foals to the lambs frolicking around, it’s a lovely place to spend your time. There are a host of walking trails, businesses offering climbing sessions, tours and even traditions like Letterboxing, but one of our favourite reasons to…

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Between the covers – a brief guide to literary Exeter

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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!

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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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4 things you might not know about Ottery St Mary

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Devon is full of quaint and beautiful little towns and villages, including the village of Ottery St Mary in East Devon. This delightful corner of Devon is located near the Jurassic Coast and easily reachable from towns like Sidmouth and Exmouth, making it a great place to spend a few hours. If…

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Devon’s myths and legends

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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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