County Town: Exeter
Population: 1,045,100
Area: 2586 Sq miles 6698 Sq k
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Heart of Devon

At the Heart of Devon is a rich and varied landscape combining a vibrant city, dramatic World Heritage coastline and unspoilt Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, all set against a backdrop of Devon's distinctive culture and history. Encompassing the areas of Exeter, East Devon, Mid Devon and Teignbridge, The Heart of Devon is easily accessible by road, rail and air and is a world away from typical everyday working life.

The historic city of Exeter is full of heritage and culture, with plenty to see and do. From its stunning cathedral to its Historic Quayside, all the best bits are within walking distance of each other. Discover medieval passages under the city’s streets on a guided tour of Exeter’s Underground Passages, or see the world’s longest stretch of unbroken Gothic vaulting at Exeter Cathedral. To find out more about Exeter’s 2,000 year history, visit the Quay House Visitor Centre to watch an exciting short film, or join one of the free Red Coat Guided Tours of the city, which run daily throughout the year (except 25 & 26 December). Exeter is the cultural capital of the south west, and as well as a colourful calendar of festivals, there are new plays to catch at the Northcott Theatre or the latest in contemporary art at Spacex and Exeter Phoenix. After a day's sightseeing, Exeter's excellent selection of bars, cafes and restaurants make the city a vibrant place to be after dark.

With Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to two National Parks, there are few places better to get close to nature and enjoy the slower pace of country life. From nature reserves and ancient woodlands to sheltered valleys and historic villages, this is the perfect environment in which to relax and unwind. For those looking for outdoor pursuits, there is a great selection of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes to choose from, allowing you ample opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, open space and tranquillity that rural Devon provides. For birdwatchers, the area can be particularly rewarding, with many rare species to be seen.

The Heart of Devon is fringed by more than thirty miles of dramatic World Heritage Jurassic Coastline charting 185 million years of the earth's history. From towering red cliffs and undulating sand dunes to sheltered coves, rock pools and sparkling sea it's not hard to see why this coastline has been designated an area of universal importance. Relax on the beach, walk along breathtaking coastal footpaths, explore quaint fishing villages, search for fossils or take to the water and try your hand at one of the many water sports on offer.

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