A gem in South Devon’s coastal crown, Salcombe is one of the county’s most cherished destinations. Nestled along the riverbank of the Kingsbridge Estuary and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this tranquil retreat offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine.
The Victoria Inn sits at the heart of it all, with a wealth of things to see and do right on our doorstep. From exploring the outdoors, be it by foot or on the water, to must-see local attractions, here’s a rundown of the essentials to check off during your visit.
Salcombe Distilling Company
This is a dream location for gin lovers. You won’t find many other distilleries in the world that are directly accessible by boat, and this fine Salcombe example offers plenty more surprises inside.
The Gin School at Salcombe Distilling Company gives you the chance to take charge of a mini copper pot still, where you’ll develop and distil your own 70cl bottle of gin. If that sounds a bit too hands-on, you can opt for one of the tasting sessions instead.
Overbeck's Museum and Garden
The former home to scientist and inventor, Otto Overbeck, this hidden paradise is found tucked into the cliffs above Salcombe. Today, it’s a museum and subtropical gardens that together form part of an estate maintained by the National Trust.
Explore the wonders of the banana garden, meander through peaceful woodland, and relax beneath soothing palm trees. Overbeck’s is also home to an unusual collection of rare and tropical plants, creating a dramatic display of hot colours and exotic scents.
Sea Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Sea Kayak Salcombe is based in the area’s old lifeboat house on South Sands Beach. The company introduces people of all ages to sea kayaking in some of the finest paddling environments you’re likely to find anywhere in the UK.
There is a range of adventurous routes and durations to suit all abilities. Better still, snacks, hot drinks, photos, and an authentic camp lunch are all included with full-day trips. You’ll find yourself navigating rock gardens, gulleys, caves, and secluded beaches.
South Sands Ferry
What could be more exciting than taking a trip on an amphibious sea tractor? Enjoy the unique experience of taking a drive across the beach topped off with a lovely jaunt through the water. The ferry runs between Whitestrand, in the centre of Salcombe, and the picturesque beach of South Sands.
Salcombe Maritime Museum
Although small in size, this museum is packed to the rafters with fascinating local maritime history. Uncover a treasure trove of artefacts, from models and paintings to photographs, that chart the story of Salcombe’s links with ships and the sea. It covers everything from ancient times to the Second World War.
There are interactive displays to engage little ones, as well as pirate’s treasure that’s to be found in the ‘young sailors’ corner’. With entry being completely free, it’s well worth popping in.