8 days in Devon Itinerary

8 days in Devon Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Devon holiday planner

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Ilfracombe
— 3 nights
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Paignton
— 4 nights
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Ilfracombe

— 3 nights
Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England, with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs.The parish stretches along the coast from the 'Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along the Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. Visiting Woolacombe Beach and North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Tunnels Beaches and Barricane Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Ilfracombe: The Big Sheep. (in Bideford) and Westward Ho Beach (in Westward Ho). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Ilfracombe Sea Safari, relax in the rural setting at Borough Farm Sheepdog and Falconry Displays, don't miss a visit to St Nicholas Chapel, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Saunton Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ilfracombe trip planner.

London to Ilfracombe is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Ilfracombe, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Paignton.

Things to do in Ilfracombe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paignton

— 4 nights
Paignton is a seaside town on the coast of Tor Bay in Devon, England. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Exeter Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey. Escape the urban bustle at The Donkey Sanctuary and Kents Cavern. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paignton: Dawlish Warren Beach (in Dawlish), Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (in Exmouth) and Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre (in Bovey Tracey). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, identify plant and animal life at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, get to know the fascinating history of St Stephen's, and hike along Fire Beacon Hill Local Nature Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paignton itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ilfracombe to Paignton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paignton

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Devon travel guide

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Beaches · Theme Parks · Gardens
One of England’s favorite summer vacation destinations, Devon features two very different coastlines, both of which are packed with white sandy beaches known for their turquoise waters and near-perfect surfing conditions. Numerous resort towns and sheltered harbors provide lots of holiday options, many of which have retained their old-world appeal in the face of modernization and attract tourism from all over the country and across the globe. Get away from the tourist crowds by venturing deeper into the region’s countryside, which is dotted with sleepy villages and sweeping green pastures. Devon’s country inns and traditional pubs are well known for offering holidays full of hearty regional cuisine, as well as charming their guests with quintessential Devonian hospitality and good humor.