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Best Beaches In Devon

We've rounded up the best beaches in Devon in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 35 Devon beaches to pick from. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the beaches we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

Find your perfect day out

Dawlish Warren Beach

  • Dawlish Warren
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Dawlish Warren A stunning location with clear Blue Flag Awarded seas on three sides and a wide beach, which at low tide connects to a large sandbank...

Bigbury on Sea Beach

  • Modbury
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

This blue flag awarded beach is a perfect spot for a family day out, with safe swimming away from the river, on the gently shelving sands. Canoeing a...

Westward Ho! Beach

  • Bideford
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Westward Ho! Named and indeed built after Charles Kingsley's 1855 novel this is a sandy beach backing onto a pebble ridge, with excellent swimming in...

The Bar and Cove Vean

  • Isles of Scilly
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

The Bar and Cove Vean is a quiet, peaceful place even in the height of summer, this beach is on St Agnes, a short ferry trip from St Mary. Take the s...

Blackpool Sands

  • Dartmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

This is one of the most picturesque, perfectly formed beaches in the country: a crescent two thirds of a mile long with coarse golden sand and aquama...

Saunton Sands

  • Braunton
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Saunton Sands is famous to the kids as the backdrop to Robbie William's 'Angels' track, this is three miles of golden sand backed by Braunton Burrows...

Thurlestone Sands

  • Thurlestone
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Thurlestone Sands with its wide sandy beach is one of several locally owned by the National Trust and attracts both families and water sports enthusi...

Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach

  • Torcross
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach offers a pebbly beach no good for sand castling but it's offset by great water activities at the Torcross end, inclu...



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Widemouth Bay

  • Bude
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for a huge sandy beach in Cornwall, then Widemouth Bay is definitely the spot for you. It’s great for all sorts of seaside activiti...

Portwrinkle Beach

  • Torpoint
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

At Portwrinkle beach in Cornwall, you get not only one, but two fantastic beaches! Once you head down the steps to the shore, there’s Portwrinkle bea...

Blue Anchour Bay

  • Minehead
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a sand and shingle beach in Somerset? Head down to Blue Anchor beach, a great spot for a family day out.  Got little adventures? Blue Anc...

Minehead Beach

  • Minehead
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great beach that the whole family will love? Head down to Minehead beach in Somerset, a long sandy beach that’s got plenty of fun seasi...

Woolacombe Sands

  • Woolacombe
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

One of Devon's best loved summer destinations with wide sands for beach games, dunes for hide and seek, and rock pools for marine life. There's a lig...

Tunnels Beaches

  • Ilfracombe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Beaches

Tunnels Beaches were hand carved in the 1820s, these 4 tunnels provide a truly unique experience that's almost guaranteed to excite the kids' imagina...

Seaton Beach

  • Torpoint
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Seaton beach in Cornwall, a pebbled beach that the little ones will love exploring, with rock pools and even a little river, there’s loa...

Lyme Regis Beach

  • Lyme Regis
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Lyme Regis’ harbour, also known as The Cobb, is a great place to head to for a fantastic day out. Set against the curved wall of the harbour, you can...

Crackington Haven Beach

  • Crackington Haven
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great lifeguarded cove? Crackington Haven beach in Cornwall offers lifeguarding during the summer, so the little ones will be able to f...

St Audries Bay

  • Taunton
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to St Audries Bay in Somerset, a gorgeous little sand and pebble beach, and you’ll definitely want to bring along your camera… Set at the b...

Charmouth Beach

  • Bridport
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Charmouth beach is a must-stop destination with the kids and comes with all the great things we all love about a trip to the beach. Lay down a blanke...

Millendreath Beach

  • Looe
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Fancy a day out at a quiet and remote sandy beach in Cornwall? Millendreath beach is a great find, and at low tide you’ll find a long, soft and sandy...

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