Visit Devon & Cornwall

There's Plenty to See and Do

Famed for its long stretches of golden beaches, awe-inspiring greenery and delicious beachside food, Devon is a little slice of England like no other.

Situated by the seafront and surrounded by beautiful formal gardens, Exmouth’s Imperial Hotel will be your home from home while here. Lazy strolls and great views provide a relaxed pace of life, with plenty of opportunities to explore Devon’s coastal scenery and seaside attractions along the way.

However you like to spend your holidays, Devon has something for everyone. Blessed by long days of summer sunshine, its pristine beaches are perfect for soaking up the rays and stunning views. Walkers and ramblers can explore the national park found right on Imperial Hotel’s doorstep. Known as the East Devon Area of Natural Beauty, pebble-strewn beaches, rolling hills and woodlands provide perfect, peaceful escape.

One of Exmouth’s more curious attractions is A La Ronde, a 16-sided, 18th-century house built for two spinster cousins. Grade II listed and protected by the National Trust, the odd little house is a delightful place to visit on a sunny afternoon, along with the adjacent Point-In-View chapel, school and almshouses.

Among its most famous exports, Devonshire cream teas, fudge and ice cream must be sampled while you’re here. Rich and luxurious, they make for the ultimate treat after you’ve worked up an appetite.

There is a great selection of things for the kids too, just 10 miles away is Crealy Adventure Park – a delightful park set in 100 acres of East Devon countryside, and boasting more than 60 rides and attractions. Devon creates memories for the whole family that will last a lifetime. 

Like the look of Devon’s sunny, laid-back charm and want to make it your next getaway? Head over to our Imperial Exmouth Hotel page here for more information, including which rooms are available to book and any offers to make the most of your time here.

It’s easy to see why Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular getaways. Magnificent coasts surround pretty fishing villages with their beautiful waters, enriched by a temperate, sunny climate.

Situated in St. Mawes, The Ship & Castle Hotel brings a homely charm to the harbour it is settled on. Overlooking the Percuil River, its picture-postcard Cornish locale is yours to explore at your leisure. Surrounding whitewashed houses paint a serene image, while quaint winding lanes and local shops offer plenty of scope for lazy strolls, while welcoming pubs and eateries make for the perfect stop off in between.

The Ship & Castle Hotel offers the perfect base to adopt the relaxed, peaceful way of life the Cornish value so highly. Amble from through the small streets, stopping to peruse the windows of local shops, and when that gets too much, settle in for a pint of the area’s much-loved ale.

St. Mawes Castle has been standing for over 550 years and provides a great day out for the whole family – loads of fun for the kids, and dogs are welcome, too.  

What else does the surrounding area offer? Just 15 miles away, charming Truro is the closest major city and stands untouched by the imposing high-rise buildings of other English cities. Expect historic buildings and narrow streets that give a glimpse of the England of old, adding a folksy ambience to your time here. A different pace, but one that’s still classically Cornish, Newquay is a surfing paradise complete with huge waves, and surf schools for all abilities if you fancy dipping a toe in its favourite pastime.

For art and culture, there’s plenty of gems here too. Half an hour’s drive from The Ship & Castle is The Lost Gardens of Heligan, providing a feast of tropical flora and provincial greenery that’s a must-see attraction.

If this journey through Cornwall’s well-worn paths and unique history has you intrigued, head over to The Ship & Castle’s page here for more information.

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