If you're looking for historical towns and landmarks, shopping, sandy beaches or a combination of all 3, Exeter Lodge is perfectly placed to indulge your every whim...

Exeter 

Devon's magnificent capital boasts a university that has produced the likes of J.K Rowling,Will Young and Chris Martin. Steeped in history, it's central Cathedral, founded in the 12th Century, is a major attraction for visiting tourists. The more daring and curious will be keen to explore the cavernous catacombs that snake under the city, others will just want to hit the designer boutiques and department stores that the Princesshay Shopping Centre has to offer. With an array of fine-dining restaurants & bistros, along with thriving nightlife, Exeter has plenty to offer, whatever time of day or night.   

A short walk from the centre of the city, you will find Exeter Quay (picture above.) A pleasant mix of old and new with its cobbled banks, riverside eateries and converted boathouse shops. Exeter Quay is the perfect place to relax and watch the world pass by. 

Please visit our Eating Out page for our guide to the best restaurants and eateries in Exeter.

Torquay

Begin your trip of the 22 mile English Riviera with a visit to Devon's most popular coastal town. Famed as the setting of Fawlty Towers, this thriving resort has something to appeal to the whole family. 2012 saw Torquay hailed a best beach in the country for a second year running. Wander around the shops, visit the much-loved Agatha Christie Museum and delight the kids with a trip to the penguin palace that is Living Coasts  

As with Exeter, Torquay has a wealth of excellent places to eat, drink and relax, as well as The Princess Theatre, which plays host to some of the finest musicals, comedians and plays. Please check our Events and Exhibitions page for more news of what's on while you are visiting and our Eating Out page for our guide to the best restaurants and eateries in Torquay. 

Plymouth

Swiftly gaining a reputation for being the Cultural hub of the South West, Plymouth is a must for anyone visiting the region. Proud of it's maritime heritage, this thriving city boasts a wealth of things to see and do. From nuclear submarines and navy liners, to the largest aquarium in the Country, Plymouth provides entertainment for all ages and interests. 

Tour by water taxi, meander along the Barbican and around the Hoe, shop until you drop and enjoy the seafood fresh from the boat. Click on our Events and Exhibitions page for more news on what's on in Plymouth during your stay. Or check out Eating Out page for our recommendations. 

Cockington

The quintessential Devonshire village, Cockington attracts thousands of tourists every year. Beautiful and remarkably unspoiled, this little hamlet cannot fail to be a hit come rain or shine. Enjoy a traditional cream tea outside one of Cockington's thatched cafes or enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage.    

Other Cockington attractions include the 11th Century Church, central watermill and 14th Century forge.

Powderham Castle

600 years of history recommend Powderham Castle as one of Devon's finest stately homes. Lived in until recently, Powderham allows its visitors the rare opportunity to explore  a castle as a home rather than just a relic or ruin. Skirted by fabulous deer parks and breathtaking views, the keen walker will be pleased to find many footpaths and nature trails around the immense grounds of the estate.

Dartmoor National Park

This enormous expanse of wilderness really does have something for everyone. The perfect escape for those who simply love the great outdoors. If you're a seasoned walker or just looking to enjoy a picnic in the fresh air, Dartmoor is the perfect place. See wild ponies, ancient rock formations, breathtaking views and quaint pubs tucked away in the middle of nowhere. Walk, cycle, drive or ride ... the choice is yours.

Exmouth

Either drive through Exeter and down the other side of the river, or travel by water taxi from Starcross to Exmouth. 2 miles of sandy beaches await, along with classic seafront attractions and activities. Exmouth is a haven for kite and wind surfers, as well as scooter enthusiasts. 

Dartmouth

Dartmouth is a magical place with its own unique sense of style especially during summer time.  Whoever you are and however you enjoy spending time in South Devon, its a love affair with Dartmouth that brings you back every time.  Explore winding Elizabethan streets with independent shops, art galleries an a bustling market.  Enjoy gourmet restaurants, bistros, bars and cosy cafes.  Sail, fish, explore by boat.  Walk the stunning South West Coast path, mooch around the quayside and River Dart estuary or laze on unspoilt beaches nearby.  Go crabbing, wakeboarding, kayaking and coastal wildlife exploring or let the river ferries and steam train take the strain.      

Other towns nearby

Teignmouth  

Dawlish

Newton Abbot

Paignton

Brixham

Dartmouth

Totnes