A weekend in...

Whether you want a country escape, a beach bonanza or action & adventure, Devon and Cornwall have the ideal spot for your perfect weekend break.
From the seaside party town of Newquay to the beautiful tranquillity of Dartmoor, the West Country offers a wide a choice of places that will suit the mood of any visitor. The villages & towns of Devon and Cornwall are ideal spots for a weekend getaway. With so much to see and do in the two counties, you can visit again and again and still find something new to enjoy.

We've taken a look across Devon and Cornwall to pick out some of the best places to spend a weekend, with our recommendations of what to do whilst you're there. Plan your escape to the West Country today…

A weekend in Fowey

With excellent beaches, easy walks & hikes and a historic & literary heritage like no other town in Cornwall, Fowey is a place that everyone should visit. On top of that, it's one place with the best seafood along the English coast – even celebrity chefs agree and have the local fishermen deliver to their star rates restaurants all over the UK.

With excellent beaches, easy walks & hikes and a historic & literary heritage like no other town in Cornwall, Fowey is a place that everyone should visit.

On top of that, it’s one places with the best seafood along the English coast – even celebrity chefs agree and have the local fishermen deliver to their star rates restaurants all over the UK. With excellent transport links to other towns in the area, and a variety of National Trust walks nearby, Fowey is a wonderful place to base yourself in for your holiday in Cornwall!

A weekend in Falmouth

Falmouth is a lively holiday town with one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, and a great place to discover if you are looking for a slice of Mediterranean life in the UK. For those who like a bit more action than usual in Cornwall, Falmouth will not disappoint – dozens of unique shops that sell local handicrafts and food as well as a variety of theatre and cinema venues will make sure that there's always plenty to discover, even on a rainy day.

For those who like a bit more action than usual in Cornwall, Falmouth will not disappoint – dozens of unique shops that sell local handicrafts and food as well as a variety of theatre and cinema venues will make sure that there’s always plenty to discover, even on a rainy day.

Nights in Falmouth are an experience, as well – there might be only three pubs, but they make up for that with a wide selection of local drinks and excellent music. Falmouth is a lively holiday town with one of the deepest natural harbours in the world, and a great place to discover if you are looking for a slice of Mediterranean life in the UK.

A weekend in Salcombe

Salcombe at the South Devon Coast is more than just another harbour town – located within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it has become especially popular with the rich and famous and is home to more yachts than anywhere else in Devon.

Sandy beaches, a bustling harbour, ferry and boat trips and over a dozen grand mansions – it’s no surprise the Victorians fell in love with Salcombe.

Laze on the beach, marvel at the unusual exhibits at Overbeck’s Museum, walk in the countryside or just have a dreamy cuppa or lunch with a breathtaking view over the estuary from one of the town’s many cafés and restaurants! The town in South Devon has been a popular holiday destination for about 150 years now, and while it used to be a place for the upper crust only, everyone is welcome these days.

A weekend in Mevagissey

It's not all nature: countless art galleries, charming restaurants and a bustling harbour make Mevagissey a place that everybody will want to return to! Whether you too are looking for inspiration or just want to unplug, Mevagissey is the place to come if you feel you need to get away from it all

The fishing village of Mevagissey in Cornwall is located in a part of the country that has been declared an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, and it’s easy to see why: in addition to several national parks, there are many gardens and other ecological projects in the area.

But it’s not all nature: countless art galleries, charming restaurants and a bustling harbour make Mevagissey a place that everybody will want to return to! Whether you too are looking for inspiration or just want to unplug, Mevagissey is the place to come if you feel you need to get away from it all.

A weekend in Boscastle

From breathtaking views over the Atlantic and one of England's most stunning sunsets at the harbour, to an unusual village busker and the Museum of Witchcraft, magical Boscastle has been fascinating visitors for decades.

Boscastle is not just another fishing village in Cornwall – if you are looking for a romantic, fun and quirky place to spend your holidays, look no further!

From breathtaking views over the Atlantic and one of England’s most stunning sunsets at the harbour, to an unusual village busker and the Museum of Witchcraft, magical Boscastle has been fascinating visitors for decades. For a tipple and hearty food as well as fresh seafood, the village pub not only serve drinks, but also delicious food to a variety of live music.

A weekend in Brixham

There may be many fishing towns that look alike, but Brixham certainly is one of a kind: with unique street names that hint at the town's history and even quirkier buildings and museums, it's definitely a place that doesn't take itself too seriously. Where many other places in Torbay have been turned into monochrome resort towns, Brixham refuses to give up its historical, architectural and natural heritage.

There may be many fishing towns that look alike, but Brixham certainly is one of a kind: with unique street names that hint at the town’s history and even quirkier buildings and museums, it’s definitely a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Even the nearby nature reserve has a fun character as it features not only the remains of a Napoleonic fort but also the smallest lighthouse in England. Where many other places in Torbay have been turned into monochrome resort towns, Brixham refuses to give up its historical, architectural and natural heritage.

A weekend in St Austell

St Austell is Cornwall's biggest town & a perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside. It is famous world-wide for the spectacular Eden Project.

St Austell is Cornwall’s biggest town and a perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside, especially the historic port of Charlestown, whose narrow harbour has been used as a location for many films.

Yet, the attraction that has made St Austell famous world wide is the spectacular Eden Project, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that simulates several climate zones, right here off the Cornish coast. The mystery Lost Gardens of Heligan are also just a short drive from the town, as are a number of excellent beaches. If you need a green fix, St Austell is the place to go!

A weekend in Tavistock

Birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, the charming small town Tavistock is a great choice as a base for a holiday in Cornwall or Devon.

The birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, Tavistock is a great base for a holiday in Cornwall or Devon, no matter whether you are looking for a beach holiday, getting out & about and exploring the lush countryside on foot or by bike, and want to learn about the culture and history of this wonderful part of the country.

Tavistock might be small, but its charms make it stand out among the many holiday resorts of the area. Just wandering around town and exploring the market and shops will keep you occupied for days!

A weekend around Teignmouth & Shaldon

If you are looking to get away from it all, but don't want to leave the country, the villages of Teignmouth & Shaldon are perfect for a relaxing holiday.

If you are looking to get away from it all, but don’t want to or can’t leave the country, the villages of Teignmouth and Shaldon are perfect for a relaxing holiday.

They are close enough to larger towns with with many tourist attractions, restaurants and night life, but if you feel like unplugging, you’ll barely find any traces of tourism’s worse sides – overcharging and overcrowding – in these picturesque villages. Just a short drive from Dartmouth, Paignton and Cornwall, they allow you to choose between peaceful countryside and sights and activities whenever you like.

A weekend around Kingsand & Cawsand

The villages of Kingsand and Cawsand are located just a five minute walk from each other at the Rame Peninsula. Both of them have managed to remain traditional and you will feel like you have stepped back in time when roaming around the narrow streets and picturesque buildings.

The villages of Kingsand and Cawsand are located just a five minute walk from each other at the Rame Peninsula, one of Cornwall’s corners that still haven’t been discovered by mass tourism.

The villages used to be separated by a stream, which has dried out now so it seems they are more like one village than two – in any case, both of them have managed to remain traditional and you will feel like you have stepped back in time when roaming around the narrow streets and picturesque buildings.