Our guide to Dawlish self-catering holidays

Did you know...Dawlish is famous for its resident black swans?

Dawlish lies on Devon’s infamous south coast, and its long history as a popular holiday resort is reflected in its elegant buildings and pretty Victorian style. Mentions in novels by both Dickens and Jane Austen made Dawlish popular with a high-class crowd during the nineteenth century, and the effortless beauty of its scenery make it a favourite location with film crews. A stay in Dawlish place you close to impressive beaches, Brunel’s South Coast Railway and the charming, flowery town itself.

Dawlish has nostalgic quality, with its traditional lawn and waterfalls at the centre of colourful buildings, seaside amusements and winding streets lined with busy little shops and welcoming tea rooms. Brunel’s South Coast Railway edges the Dawlish coast, and the views from the journey make it one of England’s most scenic railway routes.

Those guests who visit during carnival week in August are treated to one of the South West’s largest annual events. Celebrations include displays by the Red Arrows, ‘Its a Knockout’, fancy dress and of course the carnival procession and judging.

The Dawlish Walking Festival

We’ve always thought Dawlish is one of the best parts of South Devon for a long, scenic walk, and we’re happy to say that the first ever Dawlish Walking Festival’s going to be taking place from 1 – 10 April. Hurrah. With its classic seafront, winding lanes and picturesque pathways, there’s a walk for every kind of visitor, and you’ll...

Dawlish Carnival

Those guests who time their Dawlish holidays during carnival week in August are treated to one of the South West’s largest annual events. Carnival Week is one of Devon’s most popular events, and highlights include the air show with an annual Red Arrows display. The event always takes place during August and it attracts visitors from all over the region...


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