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. Here you can paint ceramics to your heart’s content. Open from 10am-5pm daily, they offer pottery parties and takeaway ceramic painting if you want to take the experience home to your South Devon holiday cottage. Prices vary according to what you paint and staff are wonderfully helpful. It’s 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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Great place for kids and adults on a rainy day
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!
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.
Great fish and chips. We took ours down to sit by the estuary - heaven! Just watch out for the seagulls.
Really nice fish and chips but not cheap
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
Enjoyed a really nice meal here with friends. A good selection of vegetarian options and friendly service.
Had a great meal here. Loved the Thai influences.
Interesting South Indian food, lots of dishes I'd not see before and really nicely presented. A proper restaurant experience rather than the curry houses we get back home.
We had a lovely meal here. Highly recommend the Goan fish curry.
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!
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.