Devonshire delights needn’t cost a fortune
With the economy being how it is, some people will be keen to save money where possible without having to sacrifice having a good time. If taking a staycation is one of the ways you’re considering doing this then looking up trains to Devon might be one way to make it a reality. Whatever time of year you decide to visit you’ll find there are loads of great things to do in the county that needn’t break the bank.
Take a trip to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Following a multi-million pound redevelopment the Royal Albert Memorial Museum picked up Artfund’s 2012 Museum of the Year award. It’s home to a wide range of exhibitions, including displays covering fine art, geology, local history, world cultures, zoology, archaeology and textiles. It doesn’t cost a penny to visit either so is a great place to enjoy yourself without having to splash out. It’s open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and is shut on Mondays and bank holidays.
Stroll along the S0uth West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path stretches for 630 miles and Devon is lucky enough to be home to part of it. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or simply fancy stretching your legs and enjoying some fantastic scenery, you’ll find a route to suit you. Why not head to the Jurassic Coast and take in England’s first natural World Heritage site? It stretches for 95 miles from East Devon to Dorset and has rock types covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, so is well worth travelling from London to Devon for.
Explore Buckfast Abbey
As the only medieval monastery in England to have been fully restored to its former glory and used for its original purpose, Buckfast Abbey is a unique place. The site is open all year long and offers visitors three shops to pick up souvenirs, as well as a restaurant and conference centre.
Head to the beach
Devon is blessed with a number of gorgeous beaches, so whether you’re hoping to surf or simply soak up some sun you should find a stretch to suit you. Woolacombe beach is often named among the best in the UK and is a great spot to try your hand at surfing. Beaches are a great place to visit all year round, providing you’re dressed correctly, so when the temperatures drop why not wrap up warm and explore some rock pools?t