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Kingsbridge is a picturesque market town located in the South Hams district of Devon, at the head of the estuary of the Kingsbridge River. The town is incredibly charming with beautiful historic buildings and narrow streets, representative of Kingsbridge’s timeless charm. The idyllic countryside and close coastal vicinity are what attract visitors from all across the UK. 


Where is Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge is conveniently located in the South Hams district of Devon in the southwest of England. Kingsbridge is approximately 22 miles southeast of Plymouth and around 40 miles from Exeter, the county’s capital city. 


What’s more, one of the best things about Kingsbridge is that it is just a short drive away from beautiful sandy beaches. Nearby you’ll find beautiful Bantham Beach, sunny Salcombe Sands, and Bigbury-on-Sea, which are perfect for some relaxed strolling, swimming, and enjoying traditional sea-side fish and chips admiring the coastal scenery.

The history of Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge has a rich history dating back to medieval times and the town’s name is believed to have originated from an ancient bridge that crossed the estuary of the Kingsbridge River.

From then, it grew as a market town, thanks to its strategic location. The town has maintained some of its historic charm with narrow streets and beautiful historical buildings. Today, Kingsbridge is still a bustling area with charm and splendour, perfect for a weekend break along the coast.

Now, Salcombe is a popular seaside town that boasts beautiful sunny weather in the warmer months, seaside charm, and a range of activities and heritage, including beautiful National Trust sites and the Salcombe Maritime museum.

Things to do in Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge’s delightful location provides plenty to do all year round, however, in the sun, Kingsbridge shines the brightest. You can enjoy the natural scenery and explore the Kingsbridge Estuary. The estuary is one of the major attractions in Kingsbridge, offering a picturesque setting for lots of activities such as boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding within the beautiful countryside setting. 

Alternatively, visit the Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum, a small but fascinating museum that offers a look into the local history and heritage of charming Kingsbridge and the South Hams region of Devon. Or if you’d really like to stay outside, admiring the countryside, take a stroll along the Quayside. The Quayside is home to a host of charming shops, cafes, and restaurants lining the waterfront. 

If you’d like to venture out further still, the surrounding countryside is begging to be explored. Lovely Kingsbridge serves as an excellent base for exploring the stunning countryside that surrounds it. The nearby South West Coast Path is an incredible walk, and the breathtaking Dartmoor National Park offers an abundance of things to see, including beautiful local wildlife, diverse landscapes, rolling hills and wooded valleys.

Another thing to do is of course to visit our Kingsbridge pub. Discover more things to do in Kingsbridge Devon.

What is Kingsbridge famous for?

Kingsbridge is renowned for its picturesque setting at the head of the Kingsbridge River estuary. While it may not be famous on a global scale, Kingsbridge is highly regarded within the UK for its natural beauty, historic architecture, and delightful charm.

Historically, there have been a few famous Kingsbridge locals, such as the naturalist George Montagu and politician John Scoble. However, these days, Kingsbridge is more famous for its beautiful scenery, coastal location and quaint towns. 

We’re not far away…

Kingsbridge is in the perfect location to enjoy wider South Devon, and if you’re looking for a truly unique place to stay in sunny Devon, Burgh Island couldn’t be more remarkable. Just a short 25 minute drive away from Kingsbridge, you can find Burgh Island. Simply drive to Bigury-on-Sea and embark on a unique journey over the waves on our iconic sea tractor!

Stay with us at our hotel near Kingsbridge

One of the most incredible hotels near Kingsbridge Devon, Burgh Island is renowned for extravagant Art Deco soirees, incredible decor, and its host of famous guests from across the years. Iconic Burgh Island has welcomed coveted guests such as the Beatles and famous literary figures, Agatha Christie and Noel Coward. 

The hotel is home to 25 gorgeously decorated and unique rooms and suites fitting the hotel’s Art Deco theme. Each room is breathtaking and unique. The Tony & B suite for example features an expanse of living space, a large lounge area, a private ground floor with sea views, a super king-sized bed and a delightful en-suite bathroom. The Grand Suites are luxurious and spacious with a double or king-sized bed, striking sea views with a personal balcony, a large lounge area and an en-suite bathroom. 

And one of the most notable spaces on the island: our famous Artist Studio. Above The Pilchard Inn, the Artist Studio is the former writing retreat of Agatha Christie and is furnished in gorgeous antique style for a perfectly private, reclusive getaway gazing at the gorgeous coastal sights of Burgh Island. 

Join us at Burgh Island for a truly remarkable stay less than a 30 minute drive away from beautiful Kingsbridge.