Devon, or Devonshire, is a county in the southwest of England, bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the north-east and Dorset to the east. The county town is Exeter. As a ceremonial county, Devon's area is 6,707 square kilometres, and has a population of approximately 1.1 million. Two sides of Devon are coastal. It is 174 miles from London.
There are many things to do in Devon. In the borough of Torbay on the east-facing side lie Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, also known as The English Riviera. Torbay as a whole is well known for its sandy beaches, mild climate and attractions, so this nickname is apt. The English Riviera Geopark is one of eight in the UK, covering 6,200 hectares of land and 4,100 hectares of sea bed. Two things to see are the Lummaton Quarry's shell deposits, which led to the naming of the Devonian period, and Brixham Cavern’s fossils of the now extinct woolly rhinoceros.
Within this, Devon makes up part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fossilised remains of the various creatures that lived here in the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods have been preserved in the rocks. See if you can find fossils yourself on the Devon beaches, or red sandstone from the Triassic period on East Devon's cliffs, that have spanned 185 million years.
If you’d prefer more recent history, you might enjoy Totnes, a market town and civil parish at the head of the estuary of the River Dart, and part of the South Devon Area of Natural Beauty. Enjoy Elizabeth Market, held every Tuesday from May to September. You can also see heritage up close with the Totnes Castle, Totnes Elizabethan Museum and Study Centre, and The Museum of Costume, Fashion and Textiles.
No matter what you’re looking for in Devon, there’s something fun to do.