The English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay, was where Agatha Christie grew up, and many of its towns, villages and landmarks were important in her life. But the county of Devon as a whole was equally important to Christie, and became the setting for many of her popular murder mystery novels.
Even if you’ve never been to Devon before, you may have already got a feel for its beauty in the author’s prose; from the relaxed and quintessentially English charm of its coastal towns to the rugged wilderness of the windswept moors.
From your base on the English Riviera, venture further afield to discover Agatha Christie’s Devon, and places like Ugbrooke House near Exeter where she met her first husband Archie Christie, and the town of Exeter itself, whose university bestowed an honorary degree on Christie in 1961.
Follow the Agatha Christie Literary Trail through South Devon
Fans can also discover places in Devon that have a special connection to the author and her works by following the Agatha Christie Literary Trail.
Dartmouth and Salcombe feature as references for A Regatta Mystery and Towards Zero, and filming for certain tv adaptations has taken place around this area of South Devon.
Nearby, the magnificent Burgh Island at Bigbury on Sea provided the inspiration for And Then There Were None and Evil Under The Sun and visitors can access the island across the beach, or by sea tractor when the tide is in. The stunning art deco Burgh Island Hotel has its own Christie bedroom.
And the looming expanse of the moors on Dartmoor feature in several novels.
The leaflet for the Agatha Christie Literary Trail can be picked up at any of the Visitor Information Centres on the English Riviera or take a closer look here.
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Agatha Christie set her short story The Regatta Mystery - which features in the collection of stories The Problem at Pollensa Bay - in Dartmouth.
Bigbury on Sea
An icon of the South Devon coast and inspiration for Agatha Christie's novels.
Not too far from her home in Torquay, the bleak and barren moorland of Dartmoor provided inspiration for two of Agatha Christie's works.
Robert Adam designed house and chapel, 'Capability' Brown park and grounds. Fine furniture, paintings and needlework. Costume and uniforms.
Location for a number of tv adaptations.
Inspiration for Towards Zero