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Must Visit Towns / Villages in Devon & Cornwall

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Boats mored at Lynmouth Harbour at sunset

Exploring Quaint Villages& Historic Towns

When exploring Devon and Cornwall, a plethora of towns and villages await discovery, each offering its own unique charm and allure. From ancient villages steeped in history to quaint maritime settlements and bustling tourist hotspots, there's something to captivate every traveller.

At the Brend Collection, we're passionate about showcasing the best of our beloved region and encouraging visitors to experience its diverse attractions. That's why we've curated a list of must-visit towns and villages, ensuring that guests can immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Devon and Cornwall's cultural heritage and natural beauty. 


Towns / Villages in Devon

River Lyn through Lynmouth North Devon

Lynton & Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth, nestled on the dramatic coastline of North Devon, offer visitors a captivating blend of natural beauty, quaint charm, and rich history. Connected by the famous Cliff Railway, these twin villages provide a picturesque backdrop for exploration. From the rugged cliffs and sweeping sea views to the lush valleys and cascading waterfalls of Exmoor National Park, Lynton and Lynmouth boast an abundance of outdoor adventures and scenic walks.

Clovelly Harbour and Seafront North Devon


Clovelly, nestled along the rugged coastline of North Devon, is a picturesque village that exudes timeless charm and character. Famous for its steep cobbled streets, whitewashed cottages, and stunning views, Clovelly offers visitors a glimpse into a bygone era. The village's traffic-free lanes are lined with traditional houses, artisan shops, and quaint tearooms, creating a serene and enchanting atmosphere. With its rich maritime history, unique beauty, and tranquil ambience, Clovelly remains a beloved destination for travellers seeking an authentic glimpse into Devon's coastal heritage.

Boat with Appledore in distance


Appledore, nestled on the scenic estuary of the River Torridge in North Devon, is a charming village that exudes maritime heritage and coastal charm. Famous for its narrow streets, colourful cottages, and bustling quayside, Appledore offers visitors a delightful glimpse into Devon's seafaring past. The village's rich maritime history is evident in its boatyards, where traditional wooden ships are still built and repaired today.

Sunset at Westward Ho! Beach North Devon

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!, located on the breathtaking North Devon coast, is a charming seaside town renowned for its stunning sandy beach and scenic beauty. Named after the famous novel by Charles Kingsley, it holds the distinction of being the only town in the UK to feature an exclamation mark in its name. The expansive Blue Flag beach is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, offering opportunities for surfing, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding. Visitors can explore the quaint streets lined with shops, cafes, and traditional seaside attractions, or take a leisurely stroll along the South West Coast Path for panoramic views of the coastline.

Croyde Beach North Devon


Croyde, nestled along the stunning North Devon coastline, is a picturesque village renowned for its breathtaking beaches and world-class surfing conditions. Surrounded by rolling hills and rugged cliffs, Croyde offers visitors a quintessential seaside escape. The village itself is charming, with traditional thatched cottages, quaint pubs, and surf shops lining its narrow streets. But it's the golden sands and rolling waves of Croyde Bay that steal the show, attracting surfers, sunbathers, and families alike.

Sunset Aerial View Over Ilfracombe North Devon


Ilfracombe, nestled along the rugged North Devon coastline, is a charming seaside town that offers visitors a delightful mix of natural beauty, maritime heritage, and artistic flair. With its picturesque harbour, colourful buildings, and stunning coastal views, Ilfracombe has long been a popular destination for tourists and artists alike. Visitors can explore the town's historic landmarks, such as the iconic Verity statue by Damien Hirst, or wander along the scenic coastal paths that offer breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs and sparkling sea.

Towns / Villages in Cornwall

Fowey Cornwall


Fowey, nestled along the picturesque coastline of Cornwall, is a charming seaside town that exudes timeless beauty and tranquillity. With its winding streets, colourful cottages, and panoramic views of the estuary, Fowey offers visitors a quintessential Cornish experience. Steeped in maritime history, the town is adorned with historic landmarks such as St. Fimbarrus Church and the ruins of St. Catherine's Castle, adding to its allure. 

Sunrise at Charlestown Harbour Cornwall


Charlestown, nestled along the rugged coastline of Cornwall, is a picturesque harbour village steeped in maritime history and cinematic allure. Famous for its well-preserved Georgian harbour, complete with tall ships and historic granite quays, Charlestown is a captivating destination for visitors of all ages. Visitors can wander along the quayside, explore the quaint streets lined with charming cottages and artisan shops, or simply soak in the scenic views of the sparkling sea.

Mevagissey Harbour Cornwall


Mevagissey, nestled on Cornwall's south coast, is a picturesque fishing village brimming with charm and character. Its narrow streets wind down to the bustling harbor, where colorful fishing boats bob on the water alongside charming waterfront houses. Visitors can explore the quaint streets lined with traditional cottages, artisan shops, and inviting cafes, or wander along the scenic coastal paths that offer breathtaking views of the rugged coastline. 

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Port Issac

Port Isaac, nestled on Cornwall's rugged north coast, is a quintessential fishing village that exudes timeless charm and coastal beauty. Famous for its winding streets, whitewashed cottages, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, Port Isaac offers visitors a picturesque escape into Cornwall's maritime heritage. The village is perhaps best known as the filming location for the popular television series "Doc Martin," adding to its allure.

Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth Cornwall


Falmouth, nestled along Cornwall's stunning coastline, is a vibrant coastal town that captivates visitors with its rich maritime history, charming streets, and breathtaking scenery. Boasting one of the world's deepest natural harbours, Falmouth has long been a hub for maritime activity, from fishing to shipbuilding and sailing. The town's picturesque waterfront is dotted with colourful boats, historic buildings, and bustling cafes, creating a lively and inviting atmosphere.

Carlyon Bay Hotel Family Enjoying a Day at the Local Beach

St Austell

St. Austell, situated in the heart of Cornwall, is a bustling market town renowned for its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural surroundings. Best known as the gateway to the world-famous Eden Project, St. Austell offers visitors a captivating mix of attractions. Explore the historic town centre, where charming streets are lined with independent shops, cafes, and traditional pubs. Delve into the town's heritage at the China Clay Museum, which showcases Cornwall's industrial past.

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