Salcombe

Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8DE

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The beautiful coastal town of Salcombe sits on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary making it one of the prettiest towns in South Devon. Located within the South Devon Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, Salcombe is known for its outstanding coastal views and rolling surrounding countryside, as well as a centre for sailing. Salcombe is a great base for holiday spent messing about on the water or at the water’s edge, or just for a day trip - either way you will fall in love with this beautiful town.

Things to Do in Salcombe

With its estuary location, Salcombe is a water sports haven - whether it be sailing, kayaking, surfing or paddle boarding - everyone wants to get in the crystal blue waters. The local beaches are nothing short of outstanding, with golden sand and turquoise sea. In Town, Salcombe South Sands and North Sands are ideal family beaches, and just across the estuary you will find East Portlemouth, best accessed via ferry from Salcombe. To the west lies the beaches of Bigbury on Sea and Bantham and the famous Burgh Island which is accessed at high tide via a sea tractor.

With the South West Coast Path on the doorstep, you can discover the area’s spectacular coastline at your leisure – a walk to Start Point Lighthouse is an ideal way to spend a day admiring the views.

Salcombe town is lined with boutique shops, high street brands and independent producers, as well as local art galleries and gift shops - you can spend hours browsing through the town. Some of the best restaurants and bars are located in Salcombe, serving locally caught fresh seafood and locally farmed produce. Don’t forget to try some delicious Salcombe Dairy Ice-cream or the award winning Salcombe Gin - both have in town shops and distilleries you can visit. 

Where to Stay in Salcombe

If you want a touch of luxury, Salcombe is the place to stay. Some of the best hotels in South Devon are located here, with panoramic estuary views, spas and top notch dining. Holiday cottages and apartments offer a home from home, and there are many quaint B&B's to chose from in the local area. Find your perfect Salcombe Accommodation. 

Top Events in Salcombe

Salcombe events run throughout the year - but highlights are during the summer months when the town celebrates with fairs, regattas and festivals. Salcombe Crabfest in April draws celebrity chef's and household names to the town to celebrate its delicious local seafood. The town regatta in August celebrates all that is great about the town, with family fun, sailing events fireworks and more. 

History

Salcombe’s history is intrinsically linked with the sea. Until about 100 years ago the people of Salcombe earned their living from the estuary and the sea. Fishing, seafaring, boat and later shipbuilding were the main occupations, but smuggling and even piracy meant that settlements were not built at the water’s edge but further inland. Today, Salcombe is still a thriving harbour, but without the pirates.

Tourist Information Centre

The Salcombe Tourist Information Centre is located on Market Street on the town centre. Visit the Information Centre for maps, walks, information and more - they will be glad to assist you. 

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Road Directions

From the M5, Join the A38 signposted to Plymouth.  Take the A3121 exit signposted towards Modbury/Kingsbridge and follow signs for Salcombe. 

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Public Transport Directions

There are regular trains from London Paddington and London Waterloo to Totnes train station with First Great Western. Your journey will take just over three hours from London Paddington and a little longer from Waterloo. Either way, there is a 30-40 minute taxi ride from Totnes train station to Salcombe.

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