Devon has some of England’s most picture-perfect scenery, with a stunningly beautiful coastline, a patchwork of rolling hills and pretty villages. Whether your family likes walking, biking, beaches, surfing, farms, wildlife or theme parks, this county has something for everyone. Treat yourself and your family to a stay in one of the lovely luxury spa hotels in Devon.
Devon is the place to indulge on hearty pub food, fish and chips on the beach or scones with local clotted cream and jam. The beautiful Devon coast has miles of beaches, quiet bays and panoramic sea views, often just a short walk from your car. In the summer, find the perfect spot to spread out a rug and enjoy a picnic in the sun, followed by a stroll along the cliffs and some kite flying.
On the south Devon coast your will find classic British seaside, colourful parasols, body-boards and locally made icecreams, the perfect place for a family holiday. The north coast is blessed with wide, sweeping beaches and big waves, ideal for a family surfing holiday or some fun on a body board.
If you’re looking for remote, wild scenery, then walk or bike in the wonderful Dartmoor National Park, southern England’s greatest expanse of wilderness and moorland. The River Dart Country Park and River Dart Adventures, located in Dartmoor, is the ideal spot for outdoor adventures with your family. Children can tumble over space nets, swing on jungle ropes or play on the wooden pirate ship, or you can all partake in day activities, including canoeing and rock climbing.
The ancient Roman city of Exeter has some absorbing sights to explore as a family, such as the fantastic displays of costumes, fossils, natural history and archaeology at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the exciting medieval network of narrow underground passages under the city and an experience of Tudor life at St Nicholas Priory. Within 5 miles of Exeter is the Crealy Great Adventure Park, a thrilling theme park with rollercoasters, water rides, animals and indoor play, and Go Ape Haldon, an exciting course of rope bridges and zip slides through Haldon Park Forest.
Paignton, in south Devon, offers plenty of fun for the family, including Paignton Pier, with its amusement rides, candyfloss and hot donuts, the spectacular Paignton to Dartmouth Steam Railway and Paignton Zoo, home to over two thousand creatures from giraffes and lions to crocodiles and snakes.
Quince Honey Farm, in north Devon, is a popular spot for families, with the world’s largest exhibition of honey bees, interactive hives, a big indoor soft play area and homemade honeycomb icecream.
There are some sublime luxury hotels and luxury spa hotels in Devon. Treat yourself to a stay at the Watersmeet Hotel in north Devon, which has direct access to a quiet, sandy beach, family rooms, an indoor pool, steam room and spa, a heated outdoor swimming pool and offers activities such as horse riding, surfing, golf and organised rambling.