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The Best Things to Do in Salcombe

If you are wondering how to spend your days whilst on holiday in Salcombe, you’ve come to the right place. From cobbled streets, independent shops, attractions and more, there is so much to explore and discover. We have put together a list of things to do in Salcombe on Your Devon Escape. Whether you are staying in the area, or you are visiting from elsewhere in the county, the village is stacked with attractions, activities and treats to indulge in. Check out our recommendations below.


Head down to the estuary edge in Salcombe to try a local classic. Loved by all ages, sit along the waterfront with your bucket and bait. Watch the boats bob by as you wait in anticipation for your catch. A trip to Salcombe is not complete without having a go. So, if you are looking for things to do in Salcombe, this seaside tradition will keep the kids and adults entertained for hours.

Devon Rum Co.

A relatively new addition to the beverage scene in Devon. Devon Rum Co. offer award-winning spiced and flavoured rums alongside tasting and tour experiences. Visit their Blending House in Salcombe to learn just how they craft their award-winning rums. Be guided through an in-depth tasting, learning how to identify flavour profiles and create pairings. Try before you buy and enjoy a glass at their bar before choosing your favourite to take home. It is a unique and special experience for Your Devon Escape.

Head to the Beach

Salcombe is privileged to be surrounded by many beautiful beaches. Tucked along the mouth of the estuary, in a protected bay, are two of the most desirable in the area: North Sands and South Sands. North Sands is a large sandy beach, perfect for families due to the protection of the bay and amble rockpools for exploring. Dogs are also allowed on this beach year-round. South Sands is a sandy cove, home to Bo’s Beach Café. Arrive by road or take the passenger ferry from the centre of Salcombe town. Or take a ferry across the estuary to the beautiful East Portlemouth. Swim and sunbathe with stunning views of the Salcombe village. Whichever beach you choose, they are simply idyllic.

Overbeck’s House and Gardens

Overlooking Salcombe, you will find one of the most popular Salcombe attractions. Run by the National Trust, Overbeck’s House and Gardens offer impressive views. Inside the property you will find quirky natural history and art exhibitions. The gardens are brimming with a unique variety of plants from around the world. The grounds and house are a fitting tribute to the eccentric scientist and inventor, Otto Overbeck. Learn of the scientist’s life and work as you explore the house and grounds. It is the perfect activity when visiting Salcombe.

Salcombe Gin Distillery & School

No trip to Salcombe is complete without a trip to the distillery. Whether you are a gin connoisseur or simply enjoy the odd gin and tonic, Salcombe’s distillery is a must when in town. Take a tour through the distillery where they make their award-winning gin or mix and match your preferred flavours to craft your own special blend. It is simply the best momentum to remember your trip to Devon. Round off the whole experience by sipping one of their gins overlooking the water at their bar. It is a rather simple but delightful day out. And if gin is not your thing, do not worry, they have also launched their very own rum range. Learn the art of rum distillation by visiting their school. Make your own bespoke spirit in their beautiful copper still to enjoy in one of our properties or for when you return home.

Salcombe Maritime Museum

The museum might be small, but it is packed full of local maritime history. Through paintings, photographs, models and other artefacts, visitors can learn about Salcombe’s links with shipping and the sea, from ancient times all the way to the Second World War. If you are looking for things to do in Salcombe, especially to fill a rainy day, this museum is an excellent option.

Salcombe Water Sports

Enjoy an unforgettable day out on the water. Whether you want to try windsurfing, powerboating, paddleboarding or sea kayaking, experience the wonders in Salcombe. Salcombe Water Sports offer everything from guided tours of the estuary to one-to-one tuition. Take a course to gain RYA qualifications or simply just explore the local area. Hire, learn, discover. If you are looking for the things to do in Salcombe, getting out on the water must be one.

Stroll the South West Coast Path

Salcombe sits on a beautiful section of the South West Coast Path. If you find yourself wandering in either direction, you will be met with stunning scenery: estuary views, rolling hills and a glimpse of ocean. Take the passenger ferry across to East Portlemouth and walk eastwards towards Gara Rock Beach, Prawle Point, or the rugged charm of Start Point and its iconic lighthouse. Or head South-Westerly and you will find Starehole Bay, Soar Mill Cove, and Hope Cove. No matter the ages or abilities of your group, there is an excellent selection of walks that vary in length for you to enjoy.

Whitestrand Boat Hire

Explore the estuary on a self-drive boat. Whitestrand Boat Hire offers a range of vessels for you to get out on the water. Discover hidden coves or have a go at mackerel fishing. They will show you the ropes before you take to the water, so no experience is necessary. Pick from open fishing boats to cabin cruisers depending on your desires of the day. The company also offers mackerel fishing trips if you’d rather leave the piloting to someone else. Whatever you are looking for, get in touch with Whitestrand for a fabulous day out in Salcombe.

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