Salcombe, South Devon

Salcombe, South Devon

Sublime. Just go

When the sun's out, places like St Ives in Cornwall and Salcombe in South Devon are up there with the best destinations in the world. The location and light at Salcombe are exceptional. Enjoy local seafood, boat trips, beaches, watersports and walking. Just go.


Why holiday or weekend break in Salcombe?

To help you choose Salcombe, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary

Salcombe is situated on The Salcombe Kingsbrigde Estuary. The village East Portlemouth is across the water. Kingsbridge is to the north. The location can be awesome.



At low tide, sandy beaches line the estuary at Salcombe and East Portlemouth. Take the passenger ferry to East Portlemouth and follow the sand to the sea. Wander back on the South West Coast Path. Alternatively, take the ferry and sea tractor to South Sands and walk back on the South West Coast Path taking in the beaches on your way.

On the Salcombe side of the estuary, beaches include North Sands and South Sands.

On the East Portlemouth side of the estuary, beaches include Small's Cove, Mill Bay Beach and Sunny Cove.


Boat trips

Ferries. A passenger ferry runs between Salcombe and East Portlemouth. A ferry and sea tractor connect Salcombe and South Sands near the National Trust's Overbeck's. You can also take a ferry up/down The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary to Kingsbridge on the Rivermaid. You can enjoy other cruises on the Rivermaid as well (estuary cruises/estuary and harbour cruises/evening & creek cruises/estuary & coast cruises).

For boat hire, try Salcombe Boat Hire, Salcombe Dinghy Sailing, Whitestrand Boat Hire and Tuckers Boat Hire.

You can take coastal trips between Salcombe and Dartmouth. See our Dartmouth listing for more information.



Salcombe is an exceptionally popular holiday spot. The centre of town is packed with shops. Head to Fore St to buy clothing and art, local food and toys.


Enjoy great local food, drink and views

Restaurants. The Jetty Restaurant (Salcombe Harbour Hotel). South Sands Hotel. Gara Rock Restaurant. dickandwills.

Pubs. The Ferry Inn. Victoria Inn.

Cafes. The Venus Cafe and Takeaway. Cafe Ode at Gara Rock. The Crab Shed. Winking Prawn Beach Cafe and BBQ.

Fish & chips. The Plaice.

Ice cream. Salcombe Ice Cream.


South West Coast Path

Walk the South West Coast Path on either side of the estuary. If we had to pick one, walk Salcombe to Sharp Tor and Starehole Bay on the western side. The views from Sharp Tor are stunning.


National Trust properties

Overbeck's Garden and Museum is a must. Take the ferry and sea tractor to South Sands and wander up.  Mill Bay Beach is National Trust land. In the area, visit Coleton Fishacre and Greenway.



Local providers include Sea Kayak Salcombe (South Sands), Sea N Shore, Singing Paddles (Kingsbridge) and Triocean Surf Shop (Churchstow).

For sailing, try Salcombe Boat Hire, Salcombe Dinghy Sailing, Whitestrand Boat Hire and Tuckers Boat Hire.


Cycle hire

This area of South Devon is great for cycling. Either bring your own bikes or hire when you're in Salcombe. Try Salcombe and South Hams Bike Hire.


The English Riviera and South Devon

Take day trips to Brixham, Paignton, Torquay and Brixham. Elsewhere in Devon, visit Dartmouth and Bigbury-on-Sea/Bantham.