Living in Devon: Things to Do and See in Devon, England

Devon—Dramatic Coastline and Long Hours of Summer Sunshine

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Living in Devon

A double helping of unbelievably beautiful coastline, ancient moorlands, great surfing beaches, dramatic coastline and long hours of summer sunshine make this one of the most popular places to move to in the country. Nowhere is far from the sea. You can choose from a cliff-top house, a whitewashed thatched cottage on one of the hidden creeks, a surfer’s pad with room to stash the board, a sailor’s paradise with a boat mooring, or a farmhouse inland with views across the tors to the sea. Exeter is a vibrant and expanding city, boosted by the presence of the university, the Peninsular Medical School, The Meteorological Office, a new Science Park currently under construction and a rich, cultural heartbeat. A new town, Cranbrook, is being built to the east and the city is seen as a place of growth, a place to invest. Devon has a special appeal to people who want to step off the treadmill and change their lives. There is no better time to sell in London, where values are high, to move west where prices are lower and the pace of life is more relaxed.

Strutt & Parker’s Exeter office covers the entire West Country, from Somerset and Dorset through to Devon and Cornwall. The estate agency team sell some stunning properties throughout the region and are joined by a strong land management department who provide landowners across the West Country with strategic advice.

Key Towns in Devon

Exeter, situated on the River Exe is a cathedral city and the county town of Devon, parts of which date back to Roman times. It is also home to the well-respected University of Exeter and a wide range of recreational, shopping and cultural facilities, the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and the Nuffield Hospital. It now has a John Lewis store and recently re-built 11 acre retail and restaurant area, Princesshay.

The market town of Crediton offers an extensive range of everyday facilities, including a monthly farmers’ market, a popular delicatessen, supermarkets, health centre, leisure complex, library, the Queen Elizabeth Community College, inns, and garages. It is just seven miles North West of Exeter.

The pannier market town of Barnstaple is located in North Devon, and has great shopping facilities including a number of supermarkets and leading brand retailers as well as independent boutiques. Barnstaple is within easy access of the North Devon’s sandy beaches, ideal for walks, sailing, and surfing.

The market town of Honiton is located in East Devon and is surrounded by rich farmland. It is well equipped with a range of local and specialist shops including an excellent wine merchant, a street market and a monthly country market.

Another popular Devon market town is Okehampton, situated on the northern edge of Dartmoor National Park. Okehampton has a great range of facilities including a Waitrose Supermarket and shops as well as a farmers’ market twice a month.

Totnes is an historic Elizabethan market town in the heart of South Devon, 22 miles south of Exeter and on the River Dart. It has a wide range of facilities, clubs and societies.

Tiverton is situated in mid Devon on the rivers Exe and Lowman, it has various shops and facilities and is home to many leisure activities. Tavistock is a town on the south-western edge of Dartmoor National Park. It’s a great location for riding and golf.

Transport Links

Devon is well connected to other parts of the country by road and rail, with regular trains to London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds and the M5 connecting Devon to the national motorway network.

Exeter also has an airport with a number of domestic and international flights. A cross channel ferry also connects Devon to Brittany and northern Spain.


Devon has a wide range of recreational and sports activities, which makes it a great place to live if you like to be active.

There are wonderful sailing opportunities and other water sports on the beautiful Dart Estuary and along the South and East Devon coastlines. The East Devon coastline is also a good spot for fishing, but there are plenty of others in local rivers, including the Rivers Exe and Teign, and reservoirs.

The Dartmoor National Park offers 95,300 hectares and the Exmoor National Park offers 69,400 hectares of open land, ideal for riding, walking, cycling and climbing. Devon has over 50 golf courses to choose from, including courses in Exeter, Crediton, Tiverton, Honiton and Woodbury Park.

Why we love Devon

Devon is great for nature lovers, boasting a beautiful coastline, providing opportunities for all water sports and fishing, and two fantastic National Parks; Dartmoor and Exmoor. We also love it because of its hidden valleys, thatched cottages, farmers markets, food fairs, pannier markets, great pubs and excellent schools.

It strikes a great balance between being a secluded corner of the country, a place to get away from it all, and remaining within easy access of London and other major cities.

How Many People Live in Devon?

Population: 1,135,700

What Languages Are Spoken in Devon?

Language: English

What is the Currency in Devon?

Currency: GBP (Pound sterling)

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