We are thrilled to usher in the excitement of 2024 and eagerly anticipate the adventures and experiences the upcoming year holds. Recent times have encouraged exploration closer to home, fostering a deep appreciation for the beauty within our own country. Here at Visit South Devon, we are committed to continuing this trend throughout 2024. So, if you're still in search of your next great getaway in 2024, let us share our top reasons to visit South Devon this year! 

Dartmoor National Park 

South Devon offers an abundance of vast countryside and Dartmoor National Park stands out as one of the most captivating destinations. Whether you're exploring ancient forests, climbing rugged tors for breath- views, or simply taking a leisurely walk through the immense landscape, Dartmoor promises endless possibilities. Learn more about the National Park here. 

Three National Landscapes 

This year the organisation behind the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty across the country rebranded to National Landscapes in order to strengthen them with new purposes, power and recourses.  

So, in addition to the remarkable Dartmoor National Park, South Devon is home to three stunning National Landscapes: East Devon Natural Landscape, South Devon Natural Landscape, and Blackdown Hills Natural Landscape. Each area has its own unique attractions, from coastal views in South and East Devon to historical points of interest in the Blackdown Hills.  

Bustling Cities 

For those seeking the vibrant energy of a city, South Devon presents two brilliant options. Plymouth, known as Britain’s Ocean City, and Exeter, a hub of history, arts and culture, both offer plenty to explore. From Plymouth's beaches and charming Barbican to Exeter's cathedral, chic quayside and family-friendly attractions like Crealy Theme Park & Resort, there's something for everyone. 

Seaside Resorts 

If a family holiday filled with attractions and seaside fun is what you're after, Torbay possess hotspots like Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, also affectionately known as the English Riviera for its mild climate and abundance of palm trees.  
Teignbridge is great for those wanting a coastal getaway with easy public transport, with a train line running through Teignmouth, Dawlish, and Dawlish Warren, which connects with Exeter and the rest of the UK.  
East Devon boasts Exmouth and Seaton, each brimming with wonderful activities and attractions close to the beach, or pay a visit to Sidmouth for an elegant, Regency-feel vacation.  

And finally, the South Hams offers some of the most picturesque beaches in England. Bantham Beach has become somewhat of a surfer’s paradise and South Milton Sands is perfect for lazing on the golden shores with a good book.  

Quaint Villages 

Beyond the cities and towns, South Devon is dotted with quaint villages and settlements. One standout village is Branscombe in East Devon, with its picturesque location on the Jurassic Coast and charming thatched cottages resembling a movie set. Dartmoor National Park is also home to alluring hamlets and communities such as Widecombe-in-the-Moor and South Brent. Along the River Dart are several quaint riverside villages which boast some fantastic unique independent businesses and eateries such as Dittisham and Stoke Gabriel.  

Exciting Events 

From regattas to live music and theatre shows to food festivals, we look forward to a vibrant array of events once again in 2024. Keep an eye on our What’s On page for updates on events throughout the region. 

Miles of Coastline 

South Devon boasts an extensive coastline, perfect for exploration. The South West Coast Path offers the best views and walks, with options ranging from circular walks to challenging hikes. With part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in East Devon and the striking coastline around the South Hams, where the landscape is transformed by the natural flora and fauna in the spring, you're sure to fall in love with the dramatic views. 

History & Heritage 

Devon is rich in historical attractions and fascinating sites, including country homes, castles, Iron Age Hillforts, Bronze Age settlements, and steam railways. Whatever your interest, you'll find somewhere to explore. Delve into the selection of history and heritage activities in South Devon here. 

Exciting Attractions 

Zoos, theme parks, museums, galleries, and pools are just a few of the attractions on offer in South Devon. After a challenging year for many attractions, 2024 is an excellent time to show your support and enjoy the variety on offer. Explore South Devon attractions here

Delicious Food & Drink 

Devon's fertile land and stunning coastline produce some of the best food and drink. From beautiful wines and yummy cheeses to tantalizing soft drinks, ales, seafood, fudge, and ice cream, you'll be spoiled for choice with our fabulous array of food and drink producers. Support the hospitality industry by visiting local restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars during 2024, or visit one of our many fantastic food and drink attractions for a more hands-on and behind the scenes experience! 

Now that you know what South Devon has to offer in 2024, we look forward to welcoming you. We can't wait to see you soon! 

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