We've said it before and we'll say it again:
"We are so lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area of the world."
But for those coming to see Devon in all its glory, it can be difficult to know where to start. So we have compiled our top 10 list of things to see in Devon. How many have you visited?
Royal William Yard, Plymouth
The Royal William Victualling Yard in Stonehouse, Plymouth was named after King William IV. Most of the stunning grade 1 Georgian buildings were built between 1826 and 1835 but have recently been restored and the yard is now home to cafes, restaurants and art galleries, all surrounding the harbour where you can sit and watch the world go by with an iced latte or take a boat tour along the scenic river or out to sea.
Dartmoor National Park covers 368 square miles of unspoilt Devon landscape. The moorland is topped with exposed granite, named Tors. The highest of which is 2037 foot above sea level. Many rivers catch in the high ground of Dartmoor, and in fact the name itself comes from the River Dart, which leaves the moor at Busckfastleigh, and for years provided power for moor industries such as mining and quarrying. Today it is a hiker's paradise, with stunning views to be found. It is even the home of its own brewery, where Dartmoor Jail Ale originates.
Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in England, hailing from the 1910's - 1920's, and is probably the last country house to be built entirely of granite. Now looked aftter by the National Trust, the castle is a grade I listed building which is delightful to spend a day walking around, and has magnificent grounds for gardening enthusiasts to enjoy.
One of the most popular beaches and tourist areas in Devon, Dawlish Warren can be reached by a scenic train ride or a 1.5 mile walk along the sea wall. Part of the area has been declared a nature reserve and is home to a fabulous array of local wildlife.
A combined zoo and botanical garden, Paignton Zoo is a great day out for all the family. Withover 2000 animals and a wide variety of plants categorised by habitat there is plenty to see here! Surprisingly large, we recommend you devote an entire day to Paignton Zoo if you want to see everything it has to offer.
Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Tour
The Dartmouth Steam Railway is a heritage railway bewtween Paignton and Kingwear in Devon. A wonderfully scenic journey which is great for history and train enthusiasts. The same company also operate Dartmouth Pleasure Cruises, where your can relax as your take a trip down the River Dart and take in the beautiful scenery, including the old residence of Agatha Christie. You can then take in the sights of historic Dartmouth, a beautiful Devonshire town. And no visit would be complete without traditional fish and chips sat on the waterfront!
Buckfastleigh Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary
The small market town of Buckfastleigh is home to The Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary and Buckfast Butterfly Farm. A lovely day out to see the incredible conservation work being done to help our native otters and learn about beautiful butterflies and take a walk in their sub-tropical home. Run by a small and dedicated team, this is a nature photographers dream, where you can get up close to the wildlife.
The deepest gorge in the South West, Lydford offers stunning scenery and a great walk, just off the moor. The 1.5 mile long gorge is not far from our Devon Hampers home in Lifton and is a natural feature carved out by the River Lyd. The gorge features an impressive 100 foot high waterfall and a series of whirlpools known locally as 'Devils Cauldron'
Plymouth Hoe and Barbican
The historic area of Plymouth most notable for its beautiful views of the ocean, Drake Island and Mount Edgcumbe. The name of the Hoe is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for a sloping ridge shaped like an inverted foot of heel. This creates a natural half-ampitheatre, which plays host to the Nation Fireworks Championships and commands a huge crowd. The Barbican has an old-world charm, of winding streets and old buildings, usually absent in Plymouth due to the massive destruction caused by the bombing of the area in the World War II. It is also home to the Plymouth Gin Distillery, where the world famous Gin originates from!
Exeter Cathedral hails from the 15th Century and is now the seat of the Bishop of Exeter. There has been a cathedral on site from much earlier, from around the time of William the Conqueror but the cathedral was rebuilt in Gothic style from local stone around 1400. Exeter Cathedral houses the earliest complete set of miserichords, a beautifully decorated minstrels gallery and a fascinating astronomical clock.
And that concludes our walkthrough of our Top 10 Places to See in Devon. We hope that it inspires visitors to our county to go in search of some of our fabulous attractions. How many on the list have you seen? Have we missed anything? Let us know by leaving us a comment on our Facebook or Twitter!