Spotlight on: Autumn Holidays in Devon

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy a staycation in the UK. The rich colours of the landscape, alongside the fresh cool air of the changing season, make it a great time for recharging the batteries and getting ready to cosy up before winter.

To see the best of the season, Devon is the ultimate getaway. This region offers a diverse landscape with two coastlines, two National Parks and an abundance of attractions and local delights to sample. What’s more, staying in a luxury cottage in Devon creates the perfect base to explore and see what the county has to offer during this beautiful season. 

Why Devon is the perfect destination for an autumn holiday

Devon is the perfect place for a coastal staycation you’ll never forget in autumn. Two of the main draws are its north and south shorelines. These spots are very different depending on what type of beach and experience you’re looking to enjoy. 

Devon’s north coast

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Along the north coast, you’ll find some of the best beaches (quite literally) in the world for surfing. Most recently, North Devon has been named the UK’s first surfing reserve, which protects this world-class surf zone and includes locations such as Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe.

While surfing is a big pull in this destination, there’s plenty more to explore. North Devon is also home to Exmoor National Park, which encompasses 267 square miles of diverse landscapes. From open moorland to wild woodlands and majestic sea cliffs, this spot is ideal for walking and hiking. In addition, Exmoor was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2011, and it’s one of the best places to stargaze and learn about the constellations. 

The south coast of Devon

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On the opposite side of the region, the south coast presents a slightly different feel with a traditional holiday experience in the English Riviera. The pretty towns of Exmouth, Dartmouth and Sidmouth are great places to explore and sample the delights of local food and drink. There’s also a wealth of exciting activities to try, including watersports, horse riding and cycling along its miles of routes. 

Cities in Devon

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Another enticing feature of an autumn holiday in Devon is the choice of not one but two city breaks. Exeter and Plymouth are an ideal spot to delve into the history of the county. Exeter is the region’s capital city, and it’s packed with heritage and fun things to do, and of course, there’s plenty of retail therapy. From visiting the cathedral to exploring its underground passages and historic quayside – you’ll definitely want to stop for a bite to eat. 

Moving further along the coast is the port city of Plymouth. This destination has a strong military and maritime history and hosts events like the Fastnet and Tall Ships sailing events. There are tons of things to do here, including tours of the Plymouth Gin Distillery, swimming in the Art Deco Lido and exploring the National Marine Aquarium. 

And why autumn is perfect for a Devon holiday!

 Self-Catering Holiday Cottages in Dartmoor - kate & tom's Large Holiday HomesWith all the great points above, Devon is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. Autumn holidays in Devon give you a great chance to see the county on a relaxing break. The rush of the bustling summer season has come to an end. And because you’re travelling off-peak, you’ll enjoy better availability and even great deals on luxury cottage breaks in the best locations. 

On top of that, the beauty of Devon comes alive during the autumn season. Autumn brings out the beautiful colours of nature, and with the season changing, it’s ideal for exploring nature and getting outdoors. With the colours of the landscape are turning a stunning rich hue, it really is the perfect time to visit the area. 

Types of autumn holidays in Devon

Devon provides a wealth of staycation options for all ages. You can choose a relaxing break or an adventurous holiday – whatever you prefer. Here are some of the favourites:

Coastal holidays in Devon

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The coast provides a beautiful autumnal break. The north shores are ideal for admiring craggy cliffs and awe-inspiring views, and the coast path offers endless walking routes and places to spot off for a cream tea. In comparison, the south coast has a quainter seaside experience and is an ideal place to explore the history and heritage of the area. 

Rural holidays in Devon

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If you’re looking for a countryside retreat in autumn, Devon has these in abundance. The spots of Exmoor and Dartmoor not only provide a secluded and beautiful autumnal stay – you’re also set in the heart of a National Park, perfect for walking, hiking, cycling and horse-riding activities. So why not consider staying in a quaint farmhouse for a perfect rural holiday! 

Adventure holidays in Devon

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For those looking for an autumn break packed with adventure, Devon has plenty of spots to stay. The region is filled with outdoor activities, including The Ultimate Adventure assault-style course (styled on the Total Wipeout TV show) in Bideford. There’s also Go Ape! at Haldon Forest for high ropes fun, plus activities such as clay pigeon shooting, off-roading, quad biking and much more at Ashcombe Adventure Centre near Exeter. 

Top places to visit in Devon 

Babbacombe Model Village 

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As one of Europe’s premier model villages, Babbacombe offers a unique and magical experience in Torquay. This spot also has beautiful gardens and a 9-hole crazy golf which is perfect for the whole family. 

The Milky Way Adventure Park 

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This all-weather, award-winning attraction is the perfect autumnal day out for the family. There are rides galore and favourites such as dodgems, mazes and soft play. Little ones can also join the fun at the dedicated Little Stars play centre. 

Dartmoor Zoo

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Set in 33 acres of woodland, Dartmoor Zoo is notably famous for its story that inspired the Hollywood film “We Bought a Zoo’. This wildlife conservation is home to one of the widest varieties of big cats in the South West, plus you’ll see cheeky monkeys, meerkats and many exotic favourites on your visit. 

Other top places to visit in Devon include: 

  • Dartington Crystal 
  • Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
  • Splashdown Quaywest
  • Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park 
  • Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

Plan your autumn Devon cottage holiday with kate & tom’s 

Lamper Head in the Twilight

Autumn holidays in Devon offer the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle and soak up the beautiful colours and ambience of the season. So, if you’re looking to get away with family and friends, take a look at our collection of luxury Devon cottages for inspiration. And don’t worry if you need more than one property – kate & tom’s have you covered with groups of cottages to suit all your guests!