Devon Coast

Places to stay in Devon

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.

YHA Hostels in Devon

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YHA Beer

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YHA Dartmoor

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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.

Woolacombe Beach

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.

Adventure Okehampton, kids gorge walking

Adventure Okehampton

Choose from 18 fantastic group activities from gorge-scrambling, archery, pony-trekking, mountain boarding, mountain biking and a full range of watersports.  Other activities including cycle hire

a couple of horse riders on the Devon moors

Brendon Manor Stables

Explore Exmoor on horseback - ride across open countryside, through valleys and rivers including the famous Lorna Doone Valley. Visit the Stable's website

Exmoor, coastal path through Valley Of The Rocks

Exmoor National Park

Stunning landscapes, wilderness and tranquillity - enjoy Exmoor on foot, horseback or bike to appreciate this beautiful area, especially the Valley Of Rocks on the South-West Coastal Path and the Tark

The Exmoor Pony Centre

Exmoor Pony Centre

The centre aims to promote and conserve the Exmoor pony.  Meet the resident ponies or take to the saddle for a taster session. Visit the Centre's website  

Exmoor Safari

Exmoor Safari

Explore Exmoor by Land Rover using seldom used tracks and ancient byeways - look for the elusive deer and famous Exmoor ponies. Visit the Exmoor Safari website

Hartland Abbey Gardens

Hartland Abbey and Gardens

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.

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway, funicular railway carriage

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Enjoy stunning views of the coastline as you glide up the track from Lynmouth at the foot of the cliffs to Lynton 500ft above.  Opened in 1890, the famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Rail

Morwellham Quay

Morwellham Quay

This reconstructed port was once the busiest port west of Exeter and the largest copper port in Queen Victoria’s empire. Visit the website

Family looking at a marine aquarium

National Marine Aquarium

Journey through the oceans of the world from the local shoreline to the deep Atlantic. Visit the NMA website

New Carlton Cinema, Okehampton

New Carlton Cinema

See all the latest films in real comfort!  Based in the old market hall, with a licensed screen, leather settees and individual chairs. Visit the cinema website

North Devon Surf School

North Devon Surf School

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.

View some of our popular Devon blog posts

Child flying kite on beach

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sandcastles on beach

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Lake and forest view

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