Devon Towns

There are lots of culture-rich cities, seaside towns and charming villages within easy reach of Sandays B&B. Here we’ve put together a list of our nearby favourite towns in Devon, which we visit a lot. All are within an hour of Sandays Bed & Breakfast and offer a wonderful combination of nature, culture and heritage for your holiday. Dawlish Warren is the ideal starting point for visiting and exploring these and other wonderful towns in Devon. 

Exeter

Sandays B&B is the ideal starting point for exploring Exeter – the cultural heart of Devon. This beautiful & historical city is less than 30 mins by train or car from Sandays and well worth a visit at any time. The regular train service from Dawlish Warren means you can leave your car at Sandays while you explore.

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Shaldon

Shaldon lies opposite Teignmouth at the mouth of the scenic Teign estuary. The two places are linked by road bridge making a visit to both an easy prospect. Shaldon was initially the working port and ship-building area until that side of the estuary silted up and the docks were moved to Teignmouth.

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Teignmouth

Teignmouth is a pretty, seaside town with a pier just 10 minutes or so from Sandays by car, train or bus. The new Pavilions on the sea front is a hub of activity and includes a tourist information point. A long beach and promenade, a swimming lido, childrens’ play park and crazy golf and many events during the year make Teignmouth a popular place. The folk festival in June is one of our favourites, but there are lots of others.

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Exmouth

A trip around the estuary to Exmouth is always a pleasure and can be done on foot, by cycle, train, bus or car! The journey by train is one of the most scenic stretches of rail in the country. But during part of the year there is another option too: by ferry from Starcross.

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Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot lies at the head of the Teign Estuary. This busy market town is accessible by car (approximately 20 minutes from Sandays), train or bus. The journey itself is a treat with beautiful views all along the Teign estuary to be enjoyed along the way. The town is sometimes known as “the gateway to moor and sea” and it is worthwhile popping in to the tourist information centre in the market square to find out about local events.

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Starcross

More of a large village than a town, Starcross is the location of the most complete surviving pumping station from Brunel’s Atmospheric Railway laid between Exeter and Newton Abbott.  Passenger ferries run between Starcross and Exmouth from April to October.

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Totnes

The wonderful town of Totnes with its feast of historical buildings and heritage activity is just 15 minutes (by car or train journey) from Newton Abbott. It is worth downloading a Totnes town guide from the tourist / visitor information site when planning a visit, and don’t forget to take a camera!

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Brixham

In Brixham history, fishing and tourism meet in an interesting and delightful way.The bustle and colour of this place, the way the buildings are stacked around the harbour and beyond, and the abundance of fish sellers and restaurants already make for an interesting visit. Add to that a full size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind and numerous shops and art galleries, for all the makings of a great day out from Sandays. Ferries run regularly from Torquay and Paignton throughout the day during the season (usually March to end October).

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