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Living in Devon

We think that Devon is a fabulous place to live, but don’t just take our word for it. Devon is consistently voted one of the best places to live in England and readers of Country Life have said that people living in Devon enjoy a better quality of life than anywhere else in England.

Our county offers stunning landscapes, world-class beaches, wild moorland, vibrant cities and historic towns and villages. People who have moved to the area say that living in Devon helps them recover some balance in their lives. There is a reason why people come to Devon for their holidays… some of us just decide to stay!



The great outdoors

The beauty and quality of our landscapes are unsurpassed with over a third of the county designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are over 450 miles of coastline along two stunning and distinctive coasts, the rugged wildernesses of two National Parks, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, England’s first natural World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast.

bigstock-Cobbled-Streets-93121577Our natural outdoor playground offers you the chance for a fantastic work-life balance. For the walkers and cyclists out there, we have 5,000km of public rights of way and over 250km of off-road cycle paths. Devon is a great place for equestrian sports and we also have canoeists, surfers and paddleboarders amongst our ranks.

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Perfect for families

bigstock-Croyde-Devon-England-Uk-43636327Our county is a safe and secure place to bring up a family with excellent education opportunities from pre-school, through school, to higher education and further education, including the world-class Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.

85% of our schools are rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted compared to 78% nationally.

Search for schools in Devon here: https://new.devon.gov.uk/schools/school/


Vibrant towns and cities

The Trust serves a large population, covering a wide geographical area. Our acute hospital is in Barnstaple, but our community teams are based all across Northern, East and Mid-Devon.



North Devon District Hospital is located in Barnstaple, which is North Devon’s administrative and shopping centre. It is reputed to be the country’s oldest borough and features the 13th century long bridge that spans the river Taw and a famous pannier market as well as modern shopping centres. There are cafes, bistros and restaurants as well as a local cinema and theatre.

North Devon and Torridge

In North Devon and Torridge, we cover historic towns such as Ilfracombe with its stunning coastal scenery; attractive Bideford and the charming nearby villages of Appledore, Instow and Clovelly; the friendly market towns of Holsworthy and Great Torrington as well as South Molton, the gateway to Exmoor.

Mid Devon

bigstock-Ilfracombe-Coastline-35214335In the middle of our patch, our teams cover the market town of Tiverton which sits in a delightful setting on the banks of the River Exe, Crediton with its excellent transport links  and Okehampton and Moretonhampstead, both close to the stunning scenery of Dartmoor.

East Devon

In the East of the county, we have the bustling seaside towns of Exmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton as well as the pretty market towns of Axminster, Ottery and Honiton which was once an important centre of lace-making.


Exeter is renowned for its low crime rate, high quality of life and flourishing arts scene , which includes the Royal Albert Memorial Museum – the 2012 Museum of the Year- and the Exeter Phoenix arts centre. With its buzzing city atmosphere it is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK.


Help with relocation

If you live more than 50 miles away, depending on your band and clinical role, we may be able to make a contribution of up to £3000 to relocation expenses. (The contribution will be repayable if you leave the Trust within 12 months – please ask for more details.)

We know there’s so much to think about when making a decision to relocate, so we have gathered a few resources to help you.


Estate and lettings agents

Use this website to find estate or lettings agents in your desired town:



Require accommodation whilst working at North Devon District Hospital?

Crossways Bed & Breakfast

Also long stay guest tariff available on request.


Looking for a house or flat share?

Here are some useful sites that staff from NDDH use to find places to live:





Local amenities

bigstock-Man-And-Dog-Walking-On-The-Bea-90663788If you have got to this point, you may be starting to think about things like council tax, crime rates, schools, public transport and such like. Here’s some links to some practical resources:


District councils




For information on public transport in Devon and play journey times, visit:



Train Operator Websites:

National Rail
Network Rail
Great Western Railway
South West Trains
Cross Country Trains
The Trainline



bigstock-Staple-Tor-On-Dartmoor-87929942This website contains details of all schools in Devon:




If you are looking to move to Devon with a spouse or partner, then it is likely that they will be looking for a job too. As the largest employer in Northern Devon, we have links with other industries through the local business partnership and can utilise this network to support partners.


News & Information

To find out what is happening in the area, check out our local media:

Western Morning News
Mid Devon Advertiser