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UK Holiday Guide - Guide to Devon

Holiday Guide to Accommodation and Attractions in Devon

Devon is a large county in South West England, bordered by Cornwall to the west, and Dorset and Somerset to the east. It also has two separated coastlines, on the English Channel and Bristol Channel branches of the Atlantic.

The county town is the cathedral city of Exeter and has many other seaside resorts and historic towns and cities catering for a large tourist trade. hese include Plymouth, Torquay, Dawlish, Exmouth and Sidmouth on the south coast, and Ilfracombe and Lynmouth on the north. The Torbay conurbation of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham on the south coast is perhaps the largest and most popular of these resorts, and is now administratively independent of the county. Rural market towns in the county include Axminster, Barnstaple, Bideford, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Tavistock and Tiverton.

The Dartmoor National Park lies wholly in Devon, and the Exmoor National Park lies in both Devon and Somerset.

"With a touch of buzzy, big city atmosphere, a large student population and a thriving arts scene, Exeter is one of the liveliest cities in the southwest. The city's long heritage means there are plenty of monuments and historical attractions to occupy at least a day's sightseeing, and the excellent selection of bars, cafes and restaurants make Exeter a vibrant place to be after dark." - Lonely Planet.

Some of the main attractions of the county include

Arlington Court
Babbacombe Model Village
Buckland Abbey
Buckfast Abbey
Chambercombe Manor
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
Escot House
Dartington Crystal
Kents Cavern
Lydford Gorge
Lundy Island
Marwood Hill Gardens
National Marine Aquarium
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Powderham Castle
Quince Honey Farm
South Devon Railway
Torre Abbey
World Of Country Life
The Milky Way Adventure Park
Exmoor Zoo
Exeter Cathedral
Buckfast Butterflies & Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
Watermouth Castle
Becky Falls

Other useful links in Devon

Torquay Accommodation
North Devon and Exmoor
Dartmoor National Park
Devon County Council
Visit Plymouth
Exeter City Council
Newquay Tourist Information Centre
Torbay Council

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