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About Crediton

Perched on two hills in the green heartland of Devonshire stands Crediton, a bustling market town drenched in history. The ideal place for a romantic weekend away or a hiking holiday, it is full of charming independent shops, chic cafes and some fascinating historical sites, while also nestling only 7 miles from the bleak and beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Whether you're sampling local cheeses at the farmer's market, paying your respects to the shrine of Saint Boniface or trekking through the rolling green hills that surround it, you will fall in love with this quaint and friendly town. Our collection of the best places to stay in Crediton range from charming inns to grand country houses.

Before the Norman Conquest, Crediton was the beating heart of Devonshire. Not only the birthplace of the patron saint of Germany and Holland, Saint Boniface, it can also claim to have been the first bishopric of Devonshire and once had more standing than her neighbour, Exeter. Of course, this was until the bishop moved his seat to Exeter in 1050, forever leaving Crediton in the long shadow of her Devonshire cousin.

In spite of this change, Crediton continued to pack a punch: her wool and milk industries flourished, allowing for the beautification of the West Town and the construction of the sublime Parish Church of the Holy Cross in the 15th century. This church is certainly a great credit to Crediton: a glorious, cathedral-like structure of red sandstone, it is architecturally superb and incredibly beautiful to behold. The sheer scale of the church serves as a reminder of the awesome influence and power that the Church had during this time, having owned much of the land until 1547 when the burgeoning local mercantile elite bought the church and the right to collect tithes from the King.

While walking through Crediton, you get a taste of the town's history. The delightful Georgian architecture, particularly in the West Town, was built after a fire engulfed the town in the 18th century, and the many thatched cream-white cottages scattered throughout give it an idyllic air. The fortnightly farmer's market adds to this atmosphere, where you can buy local cheeses, organic beef and veg. The independent shops, too, are exceptionally charming, from the community-owned bookstore to the antique shops, and some of the cafes are effortlessly cool.

If you're a hill-walking fanatic or just love a gentle stroll, then this is the place for you. Bridged between Exmoor and Dartmoor, Crediton is ideally-placed for hiking. Surrounded by a sea of dingles and savage-green moors, it is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is perfect for those who just want to "get away from it all" and reconnect with Mother Nature.

What not to miss

  • Visit the Parish Church of the Holy Cross and marvel at the cathedral-like red sandstone structure.
  • Browse the fortnightly farmer's market for cheese, veg and beef.
  • Visit one of the many local dairies in the nearby area, many of which are open to the public.
  • Go for a hike through the rolling green hills and drink in the clean country air.
  • Take the 7 mile trip to Dartmoor National Park and hike through the barren and beautiful landscape.

During the summer months, hotels do tend to get booked up fast so to ensure a room at one of the best places to stay in Crediton we recommend planning your trip well in advance.

The best places to stay in Crediton

Local exploring

  • The Lamb Inn: a charming pub with rooms in the heart of town, offering cosy and contemporary accomodation coupled with good, hearty pub grub. Ideal for exploring Crediton.

Luxury living

  • Paschoe House: a 19th century country house on the outskirts of town, offering stylish individually-designed rooms. Set within gorgeous green grounds, it is a truly intimate experience. Ideal for couples.

For an apartment or cottage

  • If self-catering is your preferred option, our partner Booking.com has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Exeter Airport and get the train to Crediton, which takes 10 minutes.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to go is during the summer months, when the temperature rarely exceeds 20 degrees and rarely falls below 10.

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Best Hotels in Crediton

  • The Lamb Inn, Crediton Crediton (South Devon) 7 rooms from AU$150

    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring the Devonshire countryside north of Exeter.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip to Exeter and visit the cathedral and castle.
    Great walks  -  The surrounding area is full of beautiful walking routes.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Combining an atmospheric pub with excellent rooms, The Lamb Inn is a great spot in rural Devon. Comfortable rooms, good food in the restaurant and a cosy bar make it a lovely place to spend a weekend. A self-catering Garden Suite is also available. See More

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  • Paschoe House Crediton (South Devon) 9 rooms from AU$545

    Tennis  -  Located in the meadow next to the stream, and convertable to basketball & netball, sports people will be at home.
    Great walks  -  Make use of the Two Moors Way, suitable for all levels, you will not run out of terrain.
    Fishing  -  Take advantage of a dedicated fly fishing instructor & guide.
    Hideaway  -  With just nine rooms, Pashchoe is as intimate as could be.
    TennisRestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    Historic 19th-century country house hotel in rural Devon which has been sympathetically updated for retreat and relaxation. There are just nine luxurious individually designed rooms combining classic country styling and all the mod cons. Superb Devon sourced dining. Excellent on-site activities. See More

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