English Riviera holidays – places to visit nearby
From the rugged beauty of Dartmoor to the stunning coastline of Torbay, English Riviera holidays are truly magical.
There’s so much to see and do – all within close proximity of our holiday park – that you’ll never be short of places to explore on the English Riviera.
Whether you want to explore the picturesque harbour towns, put your best foot forward on South West Coast Path or if you’re on a family break and want to enjoy some fun days out with the kids, holidays in Devon tick all the boxes.
Take a look at this great video, below, of the English Riviera region which highlights some of the fantastic places you can visit nearby.
English Riviera holidays – so much to see and do
With picturesque towns and villages, beautiful beaches and top family attractions, there really is plenty for the whole family in South Devon. Here we take a look at some of the region’s most popular towns in greater detail…
Brixham is a real jewel in the crown of the English Riviera – and the town centre is just a 10 minute walk from our holiday park. This picturesque town is a busy fishing port and life here centres around the harbour.
There is plenty to see and do, from exploring the many shops and narrow streets to enjoying a relaxing meal at one of the many restaurants and bars or having fun on the beaches.
The fishing industry is at the very heart of Brixham, and you too can sample life on the ocean waves with a trip on a heritage trawler. The kids will also love the town’s pirate-themed days – great family entertainment for youngsters.
Just a 20-minute drive up the coast from our park is the popular town of Paignton, with its renowned zoo, one of the largest in the South West. There’s something here for all ages, tastes and budgets.
If you fancy getting out into the water then Paignton is a great place to get your sea legs. Here you can hire paddleboards, jet skis and boats or if you’d rather watch others on the water then just sit back, relax and unwind on one of the many sandy beaches.
The town is blessed with many family attractions, from the zoo to the steam railway. And in the evening why not sample the food and drink at one of the many bars and restaurants?
Torquay is the unofficial capital of the Torbay and English Riviera region. This bustling town is jam-packed with amenities and has plenty of things to see and do.
It boasts a wide selection of family entertainment, with the Princess Theatre, festivals and shows…or how about meeting the penguins and otters at Living Coasts – Torquay’s Zoo and aquarium?
Torquay is famed for its international marina and you can also enjoy picturesque walks along the pier, promenade and Royal Terrace Gardens.
The town, which is a 30-minute drive from our holiday park, has a vibrant nightlife scene, with many top quality bars, restaurants and night clubs to check out.
Although not classed as being in the English Riviera region, Dartmouth is beautiful harbour town on the River Dart and is located just 8 miles from our holiday park.
This picturesque port is well worth a visit, with its magical Elizabethan streets to explore, which are packed with independent shops, art galleries restaurants, bars and bistros.
Dartmouth has a strong reputation for watersports enthusiasts – whether you fancy a trip on a boat, a spot of sea fishing or want to challenge yourself to kayaking and wakeboarding – Dartmouth is the place to be.
If, instead, you want a more relaxed day out, then Dartmouth can cater for this too. Why not take in the heritage of Dartmouth Castle for example?
Dartmoor – a breath-taking landscape of unspoilt beauty, rugged views, and wooded valleys – a true isolated wilderness.
For walkers and explorers, this is a real paradise on your doorstep for those choosing English Riviera holidays. If you love the great outdoors then Dartmoor is a real must during your stay.
Dartmoor National Park contains habitats of national and international importance, with a huge diversity of species. Dartmoor is also recognised as one of the most significant Bronze Age landscapes in Western Europe, with thousands of hut circles.
Visit Exeter and Plymouth
If you feel the need for some serious retail therapy then the busy cities of Exeter and Plymouth may well satisfy your cravings! These bustling and vibrant cities are a shopper’s paradise, with Exeter’s Princess Hay shopping centre – as well as its beautiful traditional city centre – and Plymouth’s Drake Circus shopping centre a real draw. But, away from the shops, Plymouth and Exeter also offer visitors a slice of history and heritage; Plymouth for its maritime and naval past and Exeter with its Cathedral and historic city centre – making them both well worth a visit.