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Top Things to Do in Crediton, Devon

Set within the Creedy Valley less than 10 miles from both Exeter and Dartmoor, the town of Crediton in Devon has a lively atmosphere and vibrant local community. The birthplace of St Boniface, a famous English Benedictine monk, it is known for its spiritual heritage and is home to the site of Devon’s first Saxon cathedral. Needless to say, whether you’re diving back in time, exploring its lush countryside or getting to know the town today, you’ll find yourself charmed by this pocket-size market town and its array of things to see and do. 

 

For the best holiday inspiration, we’ve put together a guide to the top things to do in Crediton, from sight-seeing to cider-tasting. Let’s get started.

Creedy Valley

Crediton is nestled within the Creedy Valley, sewn with a patchwork of green fields, shrubby hedgerows and woodland pockets. If you are a walker, photographer or wildlife-lover, then you’ll love branching off into the countryside surrounding Crediton either on foot, bike or car and discovering some of the area’s beautiful walks and hidden gems. 

Crediton Farmers’ Market 

A picture of fresh loaves. Crediton's Farmers' Market is held on the first and third Saturday of every month.

Crediton Farmer’s Market is held on the first and third Saturdays of every month in the town’s square. Across the hodgepodge of stalls and stands are mouth-watering assortments of fresh local produce and goods to sample and buy. From plump loaves to dew-dropped veg to mounds of cheese, there is something to tempt all taste buds. 

Crediton Museum 

Open from April to October, Crediton Museum at the Old Town Hall is the place to go if you’d like to learn more about local history. A free-to-visit attraction, it is run by volunteers and has a range of exhibits, including archive documents and photographs and a model of the town’s high street in the 18th Century, as well as themed displays that vary from year to year. 

Holy Cross Church 

A view of Holy Cross Church in Crediton in Devon, situated on the site of Devon's first Anglo-Saxon Cathedral

Making it particularly special, Crediton’s parish church, the Holy Cross, is the start of the St Boniface Pilgrim Way and the site of Devon’s first Saxon cathedral (dating from 909 to 1050 AD). Today, the current church dates from the 15th Century and is home to a working organ, stained glass windows, monuments and memorials, including one to the prominent local figure Sir Redvers Buller.

Festivals and Celebrations

Throughout the year, there is a number of great festivals that take place in Crediton, including the annual Crediton Food & Drink Festival, Flag Festival and Church Flower Festival and the bi-annual CredFest in summer. In winter, you can also look forward to the Holy Cross Church Christmas Tree Festival which sees more than 70 trees decorated by local groups and businesses.

Shobrooke Park

A view over the lake in Shobrooke Park in Crediton, Devon, not far from Exeter and Dartmoor National Park

Home to acre upon acre of tranquil grounds overlooking hilly Devonshire countryside, the dog and family-friendly Shobrooke Park in Crediton lends itself perfectly to relaxed strolls. Within its grounds are a tree-lined driveway, a tarmacked walking path and a large ornamental lake. In winter, the park also becomes home to migratory Canada Geese.

Downes Crediton Golf Course

If you’d like to practice your putt during a holiday in Crediton, then make way to Downes Crediton Golf Course. Located on the outskirts of Crediton, this 18-hole golf course is set in historic parkland and offers a challenging course in a beautiful location, ideal for both low and high handicappers. Visitors are also welcome to enjoy the club’s facilities, including food and bar.

Sandford Orchard 

Two glasses of cider surrounded by apples tumbling out of a wicker basket. You can enjoy cider tasting at Sandford Orchard in Crediton, Devon.

The family-owned Sandford Orchard was founded in 2002 and is based in the oldest working cider mill in the UK. Making the most of the region’s micro-climate to grow bittersweet apples and using the best natural, local ingredients, the team at Sandford produce consistently delicious, small-batch ciders. Head over for a tasting tour to see what all the fuss is about. 

Libbet’s Well 

One of the town’s little-known gems, Libbet’s Well is a holy well in Crediton believed to be at least 400 years old. Hidden away behind Church Street, this sacred spring can be found down a little lane opposite Holy Cross Church. It’s thought that it is located on the site of an old priest’s hostel and possibly a former leper hospital.

Down the Road…

Dartmoor 

Crediton is not far from Dartmoor National Park, one of the UK's last untamed wildernesses

The dramatic and brooding Dartmoor is one of England’s last untamed wildernesses. 368 square miles in total, it is one of the best places to lose yourself (metaphorically speaking) to a whole range of outdoor pursuits. Fortunately, Crediton happens to be less than 10 miles from the northern fringes of Dartmoor and as such is a wonderful base for exploration.

Exeter

Crediton is less than 10 miles from Exeter, an historic city full to the brim with shops, outlets, museums, galleries, bars, restaurants and more. For an unforgettable day out, you can easily head into the city from Crediton to experience its many delights, from its underground tunnels to its stunning cathedral to its bustling quay.

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