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The main attraction of Devon is that it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It offers the visitor a delightful range of scenery such as rolling countryside and hedgerows, thatched cottages, attractive fishing villages, tiny coves and rugged cliffs. Although a very popular tourist area Devon remains largely unspoiled, with an "olde worlde" charm epitomised by picturesque old villages with cosy inns and thatched tea rooms serving traditional Devon cream teas.

The North Devon coast has a selection of sandy beaches and small fishing villages nestling in between the rugged cliffs; it is an excellent area for walking. Walkers can also follow the the Tarka Trail a 180 mile long route around North Devon, including stretches of the coastal path.

The south coast has a range of popular seaside resorts, such as Torquay and Paignton, with good sandy beaches.

The centre of Devon is rural and less frequented by tourists, the appeal of this area is in the beautiful, unspoiled countryside and wildlife.

Devon has two National Parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor. Exmoor is a high moorland plateau with beautiful scenery and a variety of wildlife, including red deer and wild ponies. Dartmoor is known for its spectacular landscape of rugged tors, hills and lakes and its ancient villages. It is ideal for walking, cycling and riding.

Devon Tourist Attractions

North Devon Farm Park Nr Barnstaple
Lots of animals to see and feed and over 50 acres of countryside and moors to explore.
Open: Daily 11.00am-5.00pm. Tel: 01271 830255

The Tarka Line Barnstaple–Exeter
The Tarka Line, which traces the journeys of 'Tarka the Otter' in Henry Williamson's classic novel, follows the river valleys of the Yeo and the Taw. Explore the trail by foot, cycle or rail. Cycles can be hired from Barnstaple, Eggesford, Crediton and Exeter.
Tel: 01752 233094 for times of trains.

Bideford Railway Museum Bideford
A selection of railway memorabilia from local railways including a refurbished signal box.
Tel: 01237 423585

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park Combe Martin
Animal displays and handling sessions and life size animated dinosaurs. Take the wild west canyon ride and experience a gigantic earthquake!
Open: Daily Apr-Oct 10.00am-4.00pm. Tel: 01271 882486

Clovelly Village Clovelly, Nr Bideford
One of the world's most unique, historic and unspoiled villages. Picturesque cobbled streets descending towards the tiny 14th Century harbour.
Open: Mon-Sun 10.00am-4.15pm. Tel: 01237 431781

The Milky Way Clovelly, Nr Bideford
The biggest all weather adventure facilities in the South West. Really good live shows and unlimited rides on all the attractions.
Open: Daily Easter-end October, 10.30am-6.00pm. Tel: 01237 431255

Exmoor Zoo Bratten Fleming, Nr. Barnstaple
Over 170 species of wildlife. Walk-in enclosures and hands-on activities, giving you a chance to really get close to the animals.
Open: Feb-Nov from 10am. Tel: 01598 763352

RHS Garden Rosemoor Great Torrington
Set deep in the lovely North Devon countryside and established as a garden of national importance. Over 40 acres of planting including Mediterranean and semi-tropical plantings and extensive rose garden.
Open: Daily Apr-Sept, 10am-6pm. Oct-Mar, 10am-5pm. Tel: 01805 624067

Brocklands Adventure Park Kilkhampton
Fun for all the family. Includes wildlife centre, crazy golf, ball pools and pony rides.
Open: Apr-Sept, daily from 10.30am. Winter opening times vary. Tel: 01288 321920

Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum Uffculme
Discover the sights and sounds of a Victorian mill and see all the stages that a sheep's fleece goes through to make knitting wool.
Open: Apr-Oct. Mon-Sun 10.30-5.00pm. Tel: 01884 840960

Bicton Park Botanical Gardens East Budleigh
Enjoy 63 acres of historic gardens including Orangery, water features, fountains, Tropical House, Pinetum, 19th century Palm House, Italian Garden, sweeping lawns and romantic English borders. Woodland Railway provides tours around the gardens.
Open: Daily from 10am. Tel: 01395 568465

Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Exeter
Situated in the centre of Exeter, the museum houses excellent displays of regional and national importance. From Archaeology to Zoology, from Exeter to Africa and from millions of years B.C. to the present day. Free admission.
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Tel: 01392 665858

Exeter Cathedral
Exeter’s magnificent 850 year old medieval Cathedral. One of the finest examples of decorated Gothic work in England today. Daily guided tours.
Open: Daily. Tel: 01392 214219

River Dart Country Park Nr Ashburton
Magnificent Victorian park covering 90 acres, with the River Dart, lakes and lawns, nature trails and adventure playgounds. Within the Park are walks alongside the River Dart and adjoining National Trust Woodland. The open Moors of Dartmoor are within a few minutes, offering marvelous walks and car tours. You can visit the Park as a day visitor or stay in the camping area.
Open: Daily from April. 10am-5pm Tel: 01364 652511

Babbacombe Model Village Torquay
Experience the sights and sounds of the English countryside in immaculate detail. An extensive range of buildings emphasising various architectural styles, including working watermills, Georgian towns, Tudor houses and classic Devon thatched villages and farms. Also working railways, streams, waterfalls and an ornamental lake stocked with Koi carp. Includes evening illuminations.
Open: Daily, all year. Tel: 01803 315315

Paignton Zoo Paignton
Home to some of the world's most endangered plants and animals. The zoo attempts to display animals and plants in the context of their own natural habitat.
Open: Daily from 10am. Tel: 01803 527936

Torre Abbey Torquay
Built in 1196 and one of Devon's most impressive buildings. Includes historic rooms, art gallery, Agatha Christie Collection, Abbey ruins, Antiques Hunt, Palm House and gardens. Refreshments available in Victorian Kitchen.
Open: Daily from Easter-Oct, 9.30am-6pm. Tel: 01803 293593

Cockington Village and Country Park
Visit the well-preserved thatched village of Cockington and the beautiful parkland and countryside with a network of country footpaths and horse-riding routes. Free to enter and provides a full day out for the whole family.
Open: All year. Tel: 01803 606035

Buckfast Abbey Buckfastleigh
The Benedictine monks welcome visitors to their medieval Abbey, set in a quiet wooded valley. Includes Abbey Church, tranquil precinct with herb gardens, audio-visual displays and exhibition, Grange restaurant and shops selling monastery produce.
Tel: 01364 645500

National Marine Aquarium Plymouth
A spectacular underwater journey through streams, rivers, shorelines, coral reefs and oceans. You'll come face to face with thousands of marine creatures at the splendid Shark Theatre. Stay until feeding time to witness the team of divers as they descend into the main display to feed hundreds of fish by hand.
Open: Daily from 10am. Tel: 01752 600301

Devon Tourist Information Centres

Barnstaple Tourist Information Centre
36 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1RX. Tel: (01271) 375000

Bideford Tourist Information Centre
Victoria Park, The Quay, Bideford, EX39 2QQ. Tel: (01237) 477676/421853

Brixham Tourist Information Centre
The Old Market House, The Quay, Brixham, TQ5 8TB. Tel: (01803) 852861

Dartmoor - High Moorland Visitor Centre
Duchy Building, Tavistock Road, Princetown, Devon, PL20 6QF. Tel: (01822) 890414

Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre
Mayor's Avenue, Dartmouth, TQ6 9YY. Tel: (01803) 834224

Exeter Tourist Information Centre
Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 1RP. Tel: (01392) 265700

Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre
The Promenade, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9BX. Tel: (01271) 863001

Paignton Tourist Information Centre
The Esplanade, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6BN. Tel: (01803) 558383

Plymouth Tourist Information Centre
Island House, 9 The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2LS. Tel: (01752) 304849

Tavistock Tourist Information Centre
Town Hall, Bedford Square, Tavistock, PL19 0AE. Tel: (01822) 612938

Torquay Tourist Information Centre
Vaughan Parade, Torquay, TQ2 5JG. Tel: (01803) 297428

Woolacombe Tourist Information Centre
Red Barn Cafe, Barton Road, Woolacombe, EX34 7BT. Tel: (01271) 870553

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