Crediton is a lively historic town located at the heart of Devon surrounded by picturesque countryside and olde-worlde villages with thatched holiday cottages and sleepy pubs. Most vacation cottages are equipped to provide all the facilities a family will need for their self catering holiday in this peaceful part of Devon.
The town itself is located in the narrow vale of the River Creedy, between two hills. Crediton itself is split in to two main areas, the old town and the new town. Crediton is home to St Boniface one of the most magnificent churches in the UK, which looks more like a cathedral due to its striking size and grandeur. The towns close proximity to Exeter, and the amount of attraction nearby that are ideal for younger ones, makes Crediton the ideal place to enjoy a child friendly holiday home in Devon.
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There is a great deal of shopping to do in Crediton, and many shops are still local and independent, offering unique goods that you can’t usually find in High Street chain sores. There are also a few traditional pubs and charming restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat if you need a break from cooking in your cottage kitchen!
The Church can be seen from most of Crediton, and the building itself has great historical importance and attracts thousands of visitors to the town each year. The Crediton Museum in The Old Town Hall explores a lot of the town’s long and exciting history, perfect for those that want to learn more about the culture and past of an extremely historical town. Towards the bottom end of town the Crediton Arts Centre welcomes visitors to its year round programme of events.
The popular Crediton Farmers Market that takes place every other Saturday in the Town Square. The market is known as one of the best in the region, and offers some incredible local and seasonal produce from local farmers. If you need to stock up your holiday cottage kitchen at any other time, then Tescos and Morrisons also have a presence within the town.
Crediton has a small rail station on the outskirts of the town. The main building itself is the award-winning Tea Rooms, which has been praised multiple times as one of the best station cafes by national papers due to it’s community focus and, of course, amazing cakes! The station is also still active and often has trains running towards Exeter and also towards Barnstaple, both offering an abundance of large retail stores, interesting landmarks and delicious food that makes them perfect for a day trip away from your child friendly holiday cottage.
There are plenty of attractions close to Crediton, with many being ideal for families. Crealy Adventure Park is only 15 miles away just outside of Exeter and offers a great deal of rides, indoor play areas and roller-coasters that are perfect for children. Alternatively, the Devon Railway Centre is a short 5-mile drive from Crediton at Bickleigh, with a narrow gauge railway, indoor play area, wildlife and a model village, the Devon Railway centre is a real hit with the kids. The Crediton Golf Club also welcomes visitors of all ages. It has a lovely course along the valley of the River Creedy.
Crediton’s railway station is on ‘The Tarka Line’, voted one of the top railway lines in the UK in 2014 for its appeal to walkers and ramblers. Visitors can pick up leaflets at the station giving details of circular walks from almost every stop along the line from Exeter to Barnstaple. Exeter itself is only about 15-minutes drive south with the delightful East Devon seaside reports of Exmouth, Sidmouth and Dawlish lying a few miles further on.