Our guide to holidays in Modbury
Modbury sits quietly in the heart of the South Hams, waiting for visitors to stumble upon it and fall in love with its beautiful scenery. Charming, tranquil and within easy reach of some of South Devon’s most popular days out, Modbury’s known for the Georgian buildings that give the town an elegant air.
While away lazy afternoons pottering in and out of the town’s antique shops, follow one of the area’s walks and take in the countryside, or head to one of the nearby Blue Flag beaches for some time out on the sand. And we should probably point out that with its combination of local produce and fine dining restaurants, Modbury’s perfect for foodies.
The South Hams is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so whichever direction you choose to adventure in you’ll find some of Devon’s prettiest views just waiting to be discovered. Whether you visit as a family and enjoy the region’s outdoor attractions, or you take some time out for two, Modbury’s a popular base for anyone dreaming of Devon.
Places to visit near Modbury
Let’s start with the Devon day out that’ll make you feel as though you’re one of the Famous Five…Burgh Island. Just twenty minutes away (and we should point out that they’re particularly scenic minutes by the way), Burgh Island sits in all its majesty close to Bigbury-on-Sea. The tidal island can be reached via sea tractor when the tide’s in, and it’s one of the county’s most iconic landmarks.
If you’re keen to squeeze in some shopping during your time in Devon, Plymouth’s only twelve miles away. With the bustling Barbican area and the Drake Circus shopping centre, this is a city where old meets new. And then there are the beautiful corners of the South Hams that have their own unique style. Salcombe’s one of the region’s sailing hubs, and famous for its annual regatta…and with its own estuary, it’s a popular spot for watersports, walking and just those quiet days exploring.
Places to eat in Modbury
Ok, so we mentioned that Modbury’s a favourite with foodies, and that’s because its restaurants serve up fresh, local produce that’s been sourced right from the doorstep. Let’s start with Bistro 35…one of the most popular eateries in the town, this stylish bistro is so popular that it’s always advisable to book in advance. Even before you’ve stepped inside, the pastel blue shade of the cottage-style building and the Narnia lamp outside set the tone, this is a restaurant that’s all about enjoying good food and taking your time.
The Exeter Inn’s another favourite, and with a history that dates back to the 1400s it’s one of the most characterful places to stop for a drink and something to eat in the area. Perfect for that wind down chat after a walk in the surrounding countryside, The Exeter Inn’s family friendly and offers a warm welcome…Devon-style.
Things to do in Modbury
Tucked between the rugged landscape of Dartmoor National Park and the gorgeous South Devon coastline, Modbury’s a convenient base for those of you who like a holiday with plenty of variety to keep you entertained. One day you could be hiking one of the historic Dartmoor tors, and the next, sitting on the sand at Bigbury and enjoying the views.
The Modbury May Fair’s one of the biggest events in the area’s calendar, and it runs for the first week of every May. If you’re in the area for the event you’ll see stalls spring up throughout the town, live bands entertainers and all kinds of live entertainment throughout the week. So, if you’re keen to soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Devon celebration, this might be one for you.
If you’re happiest on the sand with a good book while the kids play, you’ll find some beautiful Blue Flag beaches within easy reach of Modbury, including Bigbury-on-Sea, Mothecombe, Wonwell and Challaborough. So, don’t forget your bucket and spade…