Gay & Lesbian Travellers

The southwest generally mirrors the UK’s relatively tolerant attitude to lesbians and gay men. That said, you’ll still find pockets of homophobic hostility in some areas. Gay (and gay-friendly) clubs and bars can be found in the cities and bigger towns (such as Exeter, Torquay, Truro and Plymouth), although there's often not a huge choice.

Gay accommodation based in Devon and Cornwall crops up in Gay Times ( and Diva ( The Intercom Trust (0800 612 3010; profiles the southwest's LGBT groups, and runs a regional helpline (9am to 4pm Monday to Friday).