Explore the attractions of the South West.
From the river estuary wildlife centres, the coastal walks to the towns and cities this area of Devon has a rich variety of interests and history. Add to that the many historic houses and gardens there is something for everyone to fill their days.
Some well known people: Sir Walter Raleigh, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, R F Delderfield, Jane Austen and Tommy Cooper.
Indoor and Outdoor
Close to Exeter there are four vineyards producing award winning wines and worth a visit by budding or serious oenophiles. Yearlstone Vinyard, Bickleigh; Pebbled Vinyard, nr. Topsham; Lily Farm Vinyard, Budleigh Salterton; Old Walled Vineyard, Teignmouth.
These vaulted passages originate in the 14th century and were designed to bring fresh water into the city. Unique, as there is no similar system in Britain that can be explored by the public. A rare insight to the history of an entire city.
Budleigh Salterton Riding School
Offers hacks across heathland and coastline, for novice and experienced riders. BHS approved.
Nature and Animals
Internationally known for its diversity of wildlife and ecosystems this estuary is a main attraction for wildlife enthusiasts as well as relaxing holiday makers enjoying the vast expanses of sandy beaches and dunes.
A forest park covering 3,500 acres of woodland which can be explored leisurely on foot, cycled through, mountain biked or pony trekked. All surrounded by a rich diversity of wildlife and fauna.
East Devon, Exeter
An estuary that stretches from Exeter to Exmouth with some fantastic features and views that can be enjoyed by foot or cycle. It forms the start of the Juarassic Coast and is a haven for bird watchers.
Places of Interest
Exeter Guild Hall
Rebuilt in the late 15th century the Guildhall is of outstanding architectural interest not least as an ancient monument but for its roll today for civic functions. It contains many pieces from the Middle Ages as well as a range of civic regalia through the ages.
Exeter, Newton Abbot
Featured in the Domesday Book, the house and grounds were remodeled by Robert Adam and Capability Brown in the 18th century, and has been the family home to the Clifford family since 1604. The house contains a wealth of fine paintings, furniture and a rare family military uniform collection, and is surrounded by grounds including lakeside walks.
Sand, Sidbury, Sidmouth
The house is predominantly Elizabethan and has been owned and lived in by the same family for over 500 years. The current resident family provide the guided tours giving a personal insight to the history, and the 6 acres of gardens surrounding the house.
The home of the Fursdon family since the 13th century this house gives a unique insight to the changing fortunes of traditional land ownership through the ages. The family museum reflects this long history and visitors can enjoy the surrounding views and gardens.
Drewsteignton, East Devon, Mid Devon
One of the last great stately homes to be built in England in the early 20th Century, this is a mock castle designed by Sir Edard Lutyens and is a fascinating building to visit and marvel at the pretentious medieval fortress features.
East Devon, Ottery St Mary
A fine example of an Elizabethan manor begun in 1550, added to later to form a rectangular building surrounding a central courtyard. Restored and although now operating as holiday accommodation visitors are welcome.
Built for Sir John Acland in the late 18th century the house now features an vast collection of costumes with over 7000 items on show at any one time. The house is surrounded by gardens and a very large park.
An imposing building started in 1390 with a Gothic exterior built round its medieval core, originally the home of the Earls of Devon. Surrounded by landscaped parkland the castle contains much to see in terms of artefacts and ornate plasterwork.
A very unusual 16 sided house house built in 1796 by two cousins, which overlooks the Exe Estuary. The house contains artifacts and momentos assembled by the two women during their lives.