Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon

Iconic South Devon coastline with a couple of the county's best beaches

Bigbury-on-Sea is a village on the South Devon coast. It's surrounded by beautiful beaches and looks out across sand and sea to a famous island. The area is great for watersports, walking and local food and drink. Bigbury-on-Sea is essential UK visiting.


Why holiday or weekend break in Bigbury-on-Sea?

To help you choose Bigbury-on-Sea, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Bigbury Bay

The setting is awesome. It's as good as anything along the UK coastline. Cliffs and beaches arc around glorious Burgh Island. Walk across sand at low tide. Take the sea tractor when the tide is high. There's a large car park above the beach. In busy periods, there's a big overspill parking area at the edge of the village. These are visible on Google's satellite imagery. Public loos are situated by the beach car park.


Burgh Island

The island's famous Art Deco hotel has hosted Winston Churchill, Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, The Beatles and Noel Coward. The island was also the inspirational setting for Agatha Christie novels including 'And Then There Were None' which is one of the best selling books of all time (Wikipedia has it at 7th with approx. 100 million sales). In addition to the hotel, there's The Pilchard Inn. Take a trip on the sea tractor at high tide. Paths rise to the top of the island offering magnificent views of the South Devon coast.


Bigbury-on-Sea Beach

At low tide, Bigbury-on-Sea has a huge sand beach stretching from Burgh Island up to the mouth of the River Avon. There's a surf school and beach shop in addition to The Venus Cafe. Across the Avon is the equally impressive Bantham Beach.


Bantham Beach

Bantham is a village on the other side of the Avon Estuary from Bigbury-on-Sea. Bantham also has a huge low tide sand beach that's exceptionally popular with surfers. It looks out across the sea to Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach. Amazing place. There's a large car park and public loos behind the dunes that rise above the beach. Parking charges apply. Gets very busy so be patient on the skinny road leading in.



Try Discovery Surf School at Bigbury-on-Sea and Bantham Surfing Academy at Bantham Beach.


Food and drink

Enjoy food, drink and a glorious view at The Pilchard Inn. For a special occasion, try Burgh Island Hotel. Other pubs in the local area include The Sloop Inn at Bantham and Journey's End Inn at Ringmore. There's also The Venus Cafe overlooking Bigbury-on-Sea Beach and the Oyster Shack by the River Avon is great for seafood.


South West Coast Path

We'd recommend walking the coast path east of Bantham Beach towards Thurlestone and the National Trust's South Milton Sands where you'll find the wonderful beachhouse selling delicious seafood.


The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary

Bigbury-on-Sea is in a super part of the UK. Experience Salcombe in The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary and Dartmouth in the Dart Estuary.



If time permits, we'd suggest you head for the high moor. See one of our sister sites 'Holiday in Dartmoor'.



The city looks out across the sea to the Devon and Cornwall coasts. Its history is remarkable. Visit the National Marine Aquarium.