Sadly Monday morning has come round yet again. You’re most likely sat in yet another boring lecture staring out blankly into space, dwelling on the assignments you’ve yet to finish by the end of the week. As students we thrive off the saying ‘work hard play hard’ so its only vital that we have something amazing to look forward to at the weekend. I know we’re all on a tight budget and sadly a luxury holiday to the Caribbean will be off the cards. However a holiday itself is still a very feasible suggestion. England has a fantastic range of budget weekend getaways and I can’t think of any where better to go than Devon.
Devon has something to offer for every kind of weekend getaway. If you’re seeking refuge in a tranquil scenic area with long walks and traditional English grub then your going to be more than satisfied. However if you’re looking for a lively weekend getaway Devon is also the perfect place with its great restaurants and bars and short taxi drive from the famous party destination of Torquay.
How to get there
Devon has 3 stations ( Exeter Central Station South, Bere Alston Rail Station, South Devon Railway) making it easily accessible and is only 15 minutes away from the mainline station in Exeter. It has a good coach service with National Express and the Megabus also arriving at Exeter. Bookings on the Megabus can be as cheap as £1 from London to Devon so you can be sure to get a cheap deal! If you’re driving the M5 goes straight into Exeter and is only 15 minutes from Devon.
Where to stay
For a more traditional cosy visit there are a great range of B&B’s starting from only £14 per night. However if you’re wanting that little bit more, then there are a great selection of hotels to choose from. You can guarantee to get a great deal as a variety of 4 star hotels will start from as little as £20 per night. Many hotels will offer a varied board basis and some are even fully equipped with a bar, gym and swimming pool.
What to do
If you’re looking for a quiet break away from the hustle and bustle of student life you can be rest assured you’ll find the peace and tranquility you need. Devon claims two stunning national parks, Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park where you can enjoy both gentle and challenging walks. There is also range of beautiful botanic gardens including the popular Bicton Park botanical gardens.
However if you’re looking for other ways to unwind rather than admiring the vast countryside there are a range of other activities to do. There are three different zoos including Exmoor Zoo, Newquay Zoo and Paignton Zoo and an aquarium to visit. If you’re looking for a more historical visit, you can find many stunning stately homes as well as Dartmouth castle and Morwellham Quay.
If you fancy a more lively student weekend, then Devon is also the perfect place to have lots of fun.
In the day why not feel the thrill at one of Devon’s theme parks including Crealy Adventure Park with the UK’s longest water coaster ride. If the weather’s nice you should definitely visit the Quay West Waterpark which is the largest outdoor water park in Britain.
Devon also provides a great range of shopping facilities. As students we’re always searching for a great bargain so you’ll be glad to know Devon is home to the Atlantic Village shopping outlet. It boasts over 35 stores with up to 50% off high street and designer brands. Exeter also has impressive shopping facilities with popular high street stores. However if you’re looking for more traditional local shops, Okehampton and Chagford areas contain quaint shops with a variety of handmade items and vintage clothing.
Devon has a great range of pubs and trendy bars to get the night started in. But when it comes to hitting the clubs Torquay and Exeter are the places to hit. Torquay provides an elegant cosmopolitan atmosphere with its range of stylish bars draped along the seafront. Renowned clubs include Bohemia and The Venue playing big-name DJ’s. Exeter also has a great variety of clubs and student nights offering cheap drink deals and reduced club entry fees before 11.
Where to eat
For more traditional English food the local pubs provide amazing varied menus using fresh local produce. A popular pub in Chagford area is the Tom Cobley. It welcomes you with a snug, cosy atmosphere and serves a variety of foods from delicious home made pies to tasty authentic pasta dishes. You can typically dine for £10 including a drink so its perfect for a students budget. If you’re not a fan of pub food then there’s a great range of italian, indian and chinese restaurants in Exeter. You’ll also find a variety of bistros, brasseries and seafood restaurants.
For snacks during the day Devon boasts a fantastic range of cafes and tea rooms serving mouth watering cream teas and home made confectionary.
So beat those monday blues and book a last minute getaway to devon. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
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