Things to See and Do in South Devon

You'll be spoilt for choice with the wealth of places to go and things to see and do, all within easy reach of Amberley.

Places to visit

Cities, towns and villages

Where better to start than Devon's historic county town of Exeter, steeped in Roman, Medieval and WWII history and famous for its beautiful cathedral and award winning museum or the Victorian elegance of Torquay, the childhood home of Agatha Christie and Elizabethan Totnes.

Dartmoor Towns & villages

Ashburton with its famous cookery school, Bovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh and Buckfast Abbey, Chagford, Dartington and Dartington Hall, Lustleigh, Postbridge, Widecombe in the Moor.

Coastal towns and villages

Teignmouth, Shaldon, Dawlish, Budleigh Salterton, Torquay, Brixham, Dartmouth, and Lyme Regis and the Dorset coast is less than an hour's drive away.

Houses and Gardens

(all open to non-members)

National Trust

A la Ronde, Castle Drogo, Bradley, Compton Castle, Killerton, Greenway, Coleton Fishacre, Overbecks, Cotehele, Buckland Abbey, Saltram, Knightshayes

Historic Houses Association

Ugbrooke House, Powderham Castle, Downes, Fursdon, Cadhay Tudor manor house, Sand Elizabethan manor

RHS Gardens

Rosemoor, open all year and beautiful in all seasons, also Bicton and The Garden House and many more in our beautiful neighbouring counties of Dorset, Somerset and Cornwall


Within reach of two National Parks there are lots of possibilities for those who like to be active.

Dartmoor Activity Centre offers a wide variety of tours and activities that can be booked directly through our website with pickups available from Amberley. Horse riding, falconry, fishing, letterboxing and tours of Dartmoor are just a few of the great services offered.

Walking and Cycling

We're less than 5 miles outside the Dartmoor National Park, just 7 miles from the South West Coast Path and the edges of Exmoor just an hour away Exmoor National Park. Or for the perfect way to check out your legs, and even closer, there is Haldon Forest Park and the forest adventures Go Ape

Cookery Courses

Manna from Devon, Kingswear; Ashburton cookery school


Sharpham; Old Walls Vineyard Teignmouth; Pebblebed Vineyard Topsham; Manstree Vineyard Exxeter


Exeter racecourse, Newton Abbot racecourse

Boat Trips and River Cruises

Dart River; Exe River

Farmers' Markets

There are several farmer's markets in the area, click on the link for details.

River Okement, Devon, UK
Exeter at Night, Devon, UK
Wild Horses on the Beach, Devon, UK
Budleigh Salterton Beach, Devon, UK