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Devon in July

Devon offers a relaxing mix of everything: perfect beaches (which are at their best in the July warmth), pretty seaside towns and rolling countryside.

Dartmoor National Park has fantastic walking and horseriding while the English Riviera has its very own microclimate, so it's quite literally a beach holiday hotspot.

In a nutshell

  • Will suit: families of all ages
  • Flying time: none - four hours drive from London
  • Time difference: none
  • Average temperature in July: 20-25°C
  • Tourist information: Devon Tourist Board

How to get there

  • Devon is easy to reach by road: the M5 runs into Exeter and has excellent links with other major motorways, including the M4 which can be joined at Bristol.
  • Devon is well served by First Great Western and South West Trains. Main stations include Tiverton, Exeter St. Davids and Plymouth.

Where to stay

  • Cottage: Cottages4you has a fantastic selection, from cosy one beds to larger properties ideal for groups of friends and family. Mumsnetters who book direct receive discounted rates. For more information click here.
  • Glamping: Stay in a luxuriously appointed tent (no damp sleeping bags here), cook on a stove or open fire and send the nippers out gathering eggs each morning. There are two Feather Down Farms in the region: Billingsmore Farm, Butterleigh and Aller Farm, Stockland. Mumsnetters receive added extras with Feather Down - for further information please visit the Feather Down Farms site.
  • Caravan: Haven has its flagship park, Devon Cliffs, in Exmouth.
  • Hotel: For somewhere special, check out the Cary Arms set right on the beach at Babbacombe. It's child (and dog) friendly but has top-notch food and an indulgent spa room to ensure parents return relaxed, too.

What to do

  • Beaches

There are miles of coastline from secluded bays to ice-creams and fish and chips on the promenade-type beaches, some great castles and numerous adventure parks to explore. We don't have space to list them all, but here are some star suggestions:

Based in Plymouth, England's biggest and Europe's deepest aquarium is sure to keep the kids occupied.

The unique Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a great way to entertain the kids, enjoy the views and take in two great little towns.

  • Local zoos

Penguins, seals and more can be seen at Torquay's Coastal Zoo and Dartmoor Zoo is home to the famed Exmoor Beast.

Top tips

  • There is little to split north and south, it really is personal preference. It's said that the north is better for surfing (so arguably seas will be stronger) and the south is ideal for pottering on the beach
  • Devon cream teas are (clotted) cream first, then jam.
  • There are lots of tips on how to make the journey down to Devon (and for that matter Cornwall) on our Talk boards
  • 6-7 July 2013 sees the South Devon Sea Shanty Festival held in Dartmouth and Teignmouth.

What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Devon

  • Parents-in-law (and husband) from Devon. Clotted cream is a butter alternative, and therefore goes first. Basingstoke
  • Big tanks at the aquarium are great, especially the sand tigers, staff are generally knowledgeable. Not much that is hands-on, but lovely for staring. Get there as early as you can to have the place to yourself - and to get your money's worth (it ain't cheap). Iamcountingto3


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