Welcome to Devon
A county of coastlines, countryside and two National Parks, Devon should be high on any holidayer's hitlist.
Popular with families and slightly easier to access than Cornwall, Devon is ideal for those looking for a slower pace of life. With hostels spanning the county, YHA are well placed to offer ideal accommodation for your stay, whether you wish to explore the Jurassic coastline, the wilds of Dartmoor or the quaint towns and small cities which form the hub of the area.
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Things to do in Devon
Five Free Things To Do in Devon
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
This free-admission museum in Exeter is a great day out for the family, with collections of local archaeological discoveries, costume and textiles, fine art and much more.
One of the best British beaches, this three-mile stretch of golden sands is popular with surfers and sun-seekers alike.
Croyde Gem, Rock and Shell Museum
A must for beach-combers and anyone with an interest in shiny things! As if you needed another reason to visit Croyde, this is a great addition to a day out.
The Donkey Sanctuary
A wonderful chance for kids to get closer to animals and support a worthy cause - this farm works for the welfare of donkeys around the world.
House of Marbles
A working glass and games factory in a historic pottery, this is a great day out for all ages. Tour the games museum, see how marbles are made and experience "Snookie", the biggest marble run in the UK!
There's nowhere in the world quite like Devon
Devon is known for its rolling hills, rustic villages and relaxed pace of life. The Jurassic Coast to the south is a World Heritage Site in itself, and filled with charming fishing towns and stunning scenery. Devon's two cities, Plymouth and Exeter, each have their own distinctive characters and are fantastic destinations for a city break with a difference.
With no less than five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the rugged wilderness of Dartmoor to explore and a gateway to the English Riviera in the form of Torbay, it's no wonder so many people see Devon as the perfect place to get away from it all.
Choose from 18 fantastic group activities from gorge-scrambling, archery, pony-trekking, mountain boarding, mountain biking and a full range of watersports.
Enjoy a fun day out for all the family at one of Devon's most popular attractions!
Hartland Abbey is the family home of the Stucley family. Wander around the beautiful gardens which lead down to a rocky cove. Visit the Hartland Abbey website for full details.
This reconstructed port was once the busiest port west of Exeter and the largest copper port in Queen Victoria’s empire. Visit the website
Anyone can learn to surf at one of the top surfing schools in the UK, no matter what your walk of life, ability or fitness level.
The famous River Cottage Canteen showcases the very best of South West produce, with menus changing daily.
Courses and events inspired by the philosophy of River Cottage, from a night's dining through foraging and breadmaking courses.
Hop on a narrow gauge heritage tram between Seaton, Colyford and Colton and get an unrivalled view of the River Axe estuary and two nature reserves.
630 miles of superb coastline, the South West Coastal Path makes up the longest National Trail in the UK. On the way take in the heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery to truly inspire you.
The Diving Centre offers diving, with dive boats visiting the wrecks and reefs of Lyme Bay and Torbay.