The lively market town of Kingsbridge sits in a picturesque position in the heart of the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and also at the head of the stunning Kingsbridge/Salcombe Estuary. The waterside town is surrounded by green rolling landscape, and is popular amongst walkers and watersports enthusiasts alike, with paddle boarders and kayakers being a common sighting on the town's waters, as well as sailing dinghies and motor boats.
Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice with so many excellent beaches within an easy drive of the town, including Hope Cove, Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea, Slapton Sands, Blackpool Sands, Beesands, Mill Bay and the beaches at Salcombe's North and South Sands - to name just a few!
With a range of restaurants and pubs as well as a good selection of shops and two supermarkets, Kingsbridge has plenty to offer visitors. For a beautiful day out, take a cruise on the seasonal Rivermaid ferry up the estuary to Salcombe to spend a day on one of Salcombe’s stunning beaches, or pottering around the sailing mecca's shops, cafés and restaurants.
For all-weather family fun, head to Woodlands Theme Park with its massive indoor soft play areas and rides, or check the pool and sports timetables at the Quayside Leisure Centre. Kingsbridge is also home to Kings Cinema, (formerly known as the Reel Cinema) a three-screen cinema, perfect for catching new releases as well as some older classics and indie films.
Year round, the popular Crabshell Inn enjoys the most prominent waterside location of any of the town's bars or restaurants. Offering delicious stone-baked pizzas amongst other things, the pub is the perfect place to head for a sun-downer or two whilst kids attempt to catch crabs from the estuary wall, or join a stand-up paddle session on the estuary itself (tide permitting of course!). Other great places to eat include the highly acclaimed Southern Indian restaurant, Kerala Delicacies, and the enchanting Old Bakery which serves up delicious tapas and great wine.
Throughout the summer months, the town hosts various events and markets that make for a pleasant day out for all the family. The annual fair week brings provides daily fun activities whilst the popular Food and Music Festival is a wonderful celebration of local talent and produce, with some big names thrown in.
A holiday cottage in Kingsbridge offers a relaxed get-away in beautiful surroundings whilst being perfectly placed with a fantastic selection of places to eat and drink on your doorstep.
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Have been on several tours with Singing Paddles and have always enjoyed them. Really good fun and feels like you had a good workout by the end!
On Fore Street in Kingsbridge, The Art Café is one of those joyous places where children and adults can enjoy visiting thanks to good coffee, good cake, toasted sandwiches and tea cakes alongside a welcoming, peaceful environment. Choose from mugs, ornaments and lots more to decorate yourselves, the perfect place to visit on a rainy day with the kids (they happen occasionally), or for a little peace and quiet after a long day outdoors.
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Really good place to visit (especially if weather isnt great) that'll keep kids happy for a few hours. Be warned that whatever you make will need firing in the kiln, so will be a day or two until picking it back up usually!
Great place for kids and adults on a rainy day
We have said it before and we will say it again, the reason South Devon attracts so many visitors and captures their hearts is because it really is a phenomenally beautiful part of the world, and as such is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in many areas. So walking is a great pleasure when you’re on holiday here, especially as there are over 40 routes in the AONB itself, ranging in length from two to 12 miles. They are a wonderful opportunity to explore the wildlife, archaeology and history of South Devon, as well as the views and scenery along the way.
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Visit to the East Soar walkers hut with its self service cream tea is a must as part of a circular work in that area
Outstanding restaurant. Have ben using it since 2005 and always book beforehand to ensure a table. Friendly staff and reasonably priced. Ready to book for next year.
Walked the South West Coastal path from Plymouth to Hope Cove - fantastic!
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A decent enough café, with reasonable coffee and a pleasant ambience, alongside a local art gallery with (when we visited) an eclectic mix of art and artifacts. And if you're into yoga, my guess is that any type of yoga you can imagine is available here. If the weather's nice, the rear courtyard garden is quite pleasant, too.
The Haven is a friendly local spa in a quiet corner of Kingsbridge providing an opportunity to revitalise the mind, regenerate the body, and above all rest and relax in a peaceful and calming environment. Choose from an extensive range of Elemis therapies and spa packages to heighten the relaxing experience of a holiday break.
The Haven Spa The Old Workhouse, Kingsbridge TQ7 1EQ (T: 01548 855922)
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Great little spa with friendly professional staff - loved it
Like an online supermarket only better, Pretty Local supplies boxes of delicous local produce direct to your South Hams holiday home. Discover the fantastic food products that West Country has to offer including fresh fish & seafood, high quality meat, organic veg, cakes, treats and lots more all brought together on one website, order by midnight the Wednesday before you arrive or during your stay for delivery Friday or Saturday.
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Good quality but pricey for portions
The best fish and chips ever, would go there again
Lovely fresh fish and yummy chips. Bit of a queue but worth the wait
Good portion sizes lovely food
Shame that they didn't have children's/OAP portions - waste of food, which was OK although the fish was quite greasy.
Beautiful fish, chips to die for. The food is truly stunning. If I could give it more stars, I'd give it 10 out of 5.
I think of myself as a bit of a fish & chip expert- and this is i think the best I've ever had. Stunningly good.
Very nice fish and chips from here. You can queue for a little while but well worth the wait with good portion sizes
Really nice fish and chips but not cheap
Great fish and chips. We took ours down to sit by the estuary - heaven! Just watch out for the seagulls.
Very good food and friendly service. Always busy!
Fab Indian restaurant with absolutely delicious food - highly recommend a visit
Didn't like the meals and the waiters weren't very friendly apart from one, it was as it was too much to ask for anything, wouldn't go there again
One of the best curries you'll ever have, and I've had a good few. Not cheap, but you get top quality food.
Nice food - but a little overpriced
Excellent service, very helpful polite staff. Food very good. Relaxing atmosphere.
Enjoyed a really nice meal here with friends. A good selection of vegetarian options and friendly service.
We have had several great meals here over the years. Always seems to be busy and the food always hits the mark. Will be back again this summer
A sophisticated restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Kingsbridge run by Masterchef semi -finalist Jamie Rogers. Expect fresh local ingredients, skilfully prepared and served in a relaxed vibrant environment. Match your meal with quality wines for a memorable evening out.
Twenty Seven 9 Mill Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED (T: 01548 288847)
Very good quality at very reasonable prices. Excellent takeaway service recommended
We had a takeaway on our last evening service was quick and reasonable prices we ate it all so quality must have been good as we had a few fussy eaters
excellent food, atmosphere and service
Had a great meal here. Loved the Thai influences.
Accessed either by boat, via a 10-minute walk through the woods from parking at Mill Bay, or a stroll from the Salcombe to East Portlemouth Ferry, Sunny Cove is a sandy beach which, as you might expect, catches the sun throughout the day, weather pending. It’s on the East Portlemouth side of the Salcombe Estuary opposite North Sands beach and Fort Charles, the ruined fortification that was originally constructed during the reign of Henry VIII to defend the Kingsbridge Estuary against French and Spanish Pirates. It’s a relatively gentle spot for swimming and ideal for picnics, lazy summer afternoons, and reaching on kayaks and paddle boards from other nearby beaches as well as being the perfect spot for building sandcastles. That said, the tide can come in quite quickly so make sure you don’t get caught out and be careful of the swell when bringing boats into the beach. Head there for the day in the summer or as a stop off en route to the café at Gara Rock or a longer walk along the coast path towards Prawle Point. Dogs are welcome all year round but keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities in the immediate vicinity (it would be a 10-15-minute walk along wooded footpaths) so take your sandwiches with you!
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Best reached by direct boat access but easy enough walk from ferry or mill bay car park. Our favourite beach.
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A fabulous beach. Especially great fun at low tide for a water loving Labrador. We enjoyed our visits here. We also loved the passenger ferry from here to Salcombe. Beautiful beach.
Beautiful beach lovely and clean. Small car park free to N.T. members. Highly recommended. Drawback no immediate café available. Venus café nearest but a trek if not mobile.
Lovely beach well worth a visit. Dog friendly as well. Well worth the £7-50 national trust car parking fee.
amazing beach, dog friendly, only downside is the toilets near the National Trust hut are very poor
The first beach as you walk along the Cliff Road out of Salcombe, North Sands sits in a valley and is a sandy horseshoe shaped beach that’s expansive at low tide. Thanks to its shape and location, it’s extremely popular in the summer because there’s plenty of space to set up camp for the day with buckets, spades and fishing nets in tow for avid marine biologists and sand castle connoisseurs. The beach has a fresh water stream running through it from the top of the valley, which, aside from providing hours of entertainment for accompanying dogs and a marvellous place to wash the sand off your feet, also means that the beach is largely wet sand, so don’t forget to take something to sit on if you’re heading there for the day. Popular with swimmers, despite the chilly water, North Sands provides a wonderful view out of the mouth of the Salcombe estuary and into the deep blue yonder so, for keen photographers, it’s ideal. If the weather is right then it’s a favourite amongst body boarders or even surfers on choppier days, and it’s a great place to take the paddle boards and kayaks if you happen to have them. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round, unlike many of the beaches in the area, there are toilets over the road and there’s a car park with charges from £1 throughout the year. The cherry on top of this beautiful location is The Winking Prawn café and restaurant that’s right next to the beach. Open all year round they serve everything from breakfast, lunch and dinner to coffee, tea and cake, and in the summer they provide a barbecue in the garden overlooking the sea. It is popular though so leave a little time to queue for that Salcombe Dairy honeycomb ice cream in the height of summer!
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North Sands is a wonderful beach great for families, the winking prawn restaurant is great for anything from snacks to a full meal stunning views out to sea
Very nice beach for dog lovers and good café.
Gorgeous, just stunning! Brilliant beach, fabulous cafe (Winking Prawn) and good priced car park! Love, love, love it!!
Superb safe and stunningly picturesque
A small sandy beach belonging to Thurlestone Golf Club, those who have been on regular Devon weekend breaks and holidays will have seen this beach change somewhat in recent years thanks to storm damage, but the evolving landscape merely adds to its charm. A 200-metre walk down a paved path from the golf club and its car park and you find yourself heading down a gentle slope onto the sand, with the option of enjoying the beach in its own right or walking along the coast in either direction towards Bantham or South Milton Sands. Dogs are allowed here at any time, which of course adds to the appeal for walkers, and if you fancy stopping somewhere for lunch then Thurlestone village nearby is home to a charming pub that’s cryptically named The Village Inn, which is suitable for the whole family and wonderfully cosy in the winter months. Alternatively head to the Beachhouse café at South Milton for lunches and evenings meals with a view of the sunset, or cups of tea and brownies from the Gastrobus at Bantham. It is one of the area’s quieter beaches, often acting as a place to wander past rather than one to spend the whole day on, but given its easy access and the proximity of the car park, and the golf club, it’s a delightful little spot in which to while away the afternoon.
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Great quiet beach with wonderful coastal walk alongside gold course round to Bantham. Parked free in field adjacent to golf club, although we understand they will be charging for parking soon. Only downside was that the public toilets were closed - we went October 2018.
This is possibly the best beach in the whole of England
A very nice beach with quite a lot of sand at times. So easy to access, even managed to get both (octogenarian) parents to it and my mother in the sea for a paddle!
A long stretch of sand broken only by the South Milton Ley freshwater reed bed, South Milton Sands is a dramatic beach that’s exposed to the elements, making it something of a chameleon throughout the year. Rugged in its beauty, there’s nothing quite like watching the sun set at this beach behind an iconic rock archway in the water; it really is spectacular, particularly if you do so over dinner in the summer months from The Beach Café, a small but perfectly formed restaurant and café that’s perched just above the sand. If you want a table inside then you really do have to book this one, but if the weather is fine then eating outside is a joy. The beach is sandy and popular on windy days with kite surfers and windsurfers, but in calmer weather is perfect for a summer swim. Dogs are welcome at South Milton throughout the year, there’s a National Trust car park by the beach which costs from £5 for the day, £3 after 4pm or is free for National Trust members. There are also toilets nearby. It’s also worth knowing that in the summer months lifeguards are in situ from 6th July until 8th September, keeping everyone safe in the sun, sea and sand. When the weather is less conducive to sitting and admiring the view, South Milton is perfectly placed for a stroll along the coast path either towards Hope Cove and around towards Salcombe if you fancy making a day of it, or in the opposite direction you can walk towards Bantham and Bigbury on Sea. It’s a wonderful place to explore and watch Devon’s wildlife in all its glory.
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great beach only bad thing is its owned by the national trust and parking is £5.00 no matter how short or long you want to stay no option of paying by the hour
A great beach but at £5 a day to visit (National Trust!) rather expensive. Variable rate better.
Excellent beach, well maintained and dogs allowed all year round. Great range of activities to enjoy from swimming, snorkelling, SUP, kite surfing, kayaking and scrambling when the tide is out. Loved it and will return
Amazin beach - especially when the tide goes out and all the rock pools come out to play!!! Shame about the coarse 'sand', but that can't be helped; just get some shingle shoes. If you want sand go to North Sands or Bantham!
A glorious beach! Dog friendly, sandy, rock pools at the far end. Parking handy, spectacular views - the stone arch beats Durdle Door in my mind..... Delightful. Loved it.
Fabulous dog friendly beach with amazing views
Fantastic sandy beach for everything, rock pools, building sandcastles body boarding.