OUR TOP PLACES TO GO IN NORTH DEVON
Here’s a list of recommended places to go in the South West, including Family Days Out, Local North Devon Attractions, Sporting Activities and Sights of Interest.
Combe Martin Wildlife Park: The valley that time forgot. A subtropical paradise with an abundance of birds and animals, and animatronics dinosaurs, so real they’re alive!
Ilfracombe Aquarium: Award winning, all weather family attraction provides a fascinating journey of discovery into the aquatic life of North Devon.
Watermouth Castle: One of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy, a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens.
RHS Garden Rosemoor: Rosemoor, an enchanting 65-acre garden, offers year-round interest. Visit us for inspiration, tranquillity or simply a marvellous day out.
Milky Way Adventure Park: Your biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon. From rollercoasters and indoor adventure play to great live shows, there’s so much to do plus ALL the rides are included in the entrance fee! Your adventure awaits…are you ready?
The BIG Sheep: The Big Sheep – an all weather attraction in Abbotsham, near Bideford, featuring sheep racing, indoor soft playzone, outdoor lazer games and the Big Sheep Brewery.
The Ultimate Adventure Centre: The Ultimate Adventure Centre offers the most comprehensive range of outdoor activities available throughout North Devon. The recently opened Ultimate Assault adds to the list of exhilarating experiences made possible.
Lundy island: Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel, with nothing between it and America. It is a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide
Survival Paintball: Come and join us for the paintball session of your life!! Eight woodland playing areas Paintball Village games arena Paintball Temple games arena New semi-automatic ‘inferno guns’ Full face safety goggles
HQuince oney Farm: Quince Honey Farm is a family run working honey farm which is situated in South Molton. They have been producing honey since 1949 from their 1500 hives which are kept deep in the North Devon Countryside.
Lynton+Barnstaple Railway: Visit the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway at Woody Bay Station. A mile of the original route has been reopened with a steam train service. The route offers stunning views of the Bristol Channel.
Tarr Steps: Tarr Steps is a medieval clapper bridge over the river Barle which spans the fifty-five foot river in seventeen spans of flat stone. Close by are burial mounds of Bronze Age men from 5,000 years ago.
Dartington crystal : Watch Skilled craftsmen creating the world-famous crystal. Enjoy the fascinating history of glass in the visitor centre. Browse the dazzling collection in the factory shops.
Hartland Abbey and Gardens: Hartland Abbey is a fascinating house. Built across a narrow, wooded valley leading to an Atlantic cove, Henry VIII gifted the Abbey to The Keeper of his Wine Cellar, whose descendants live here today.
Waves: Waves, in Woolacombe, is a ‘paint it yourself’ ceramic studio and cafe with a wide selection of pottery to decorate. It’s easy for anyone from young children to grown-ups to create their own masterpiece.
Arlington Court: Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years. The collection consists of treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, collected over several generations. The house itself, built in 1823 and extended in 1860, has an austere facade. However, inside the cosy rooms purvey a homely, family atmosphere.
Chambercombe Manor: Chambercombe Manor occupies a secluded valley within 16 acres of grounds. This stunning Manor House dates back to 1066 and is mentioned in the Domesday book.
RECOMMENDED PLACES TO EAT & DRINK IN NORTH DEVON
The Hamlyn Restaurant : Fascinating 17th C. inn with a restaurant specialising in traditional English fare.
Harbour Restaurant: Dining at the Red Lion offers you a wonderful choice of fresh, locally caught seafood – you may even see it being landed just outside – estate game in season and as much local produce as possible.
Instow Arms: Instow Arms is a delightful pub restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and cakes. Situated in the heart of Instow near Bideford with stunning views over looking the Torridge Estuary.
Tea on the Green: Tea on the Green is an intimate family run tea room located in Westward Ho! North Devon. All of their scrummy cakes are home-made on the premises and they always have gluten, wheat and lactose free options available.
Pig on the Hill:Large family friendly pub in beautiful setting near Westward Ho! Great Garden, good home cooked pub grub including The Big Pig Burger! Real ale, beer, cider, wine and soft drinks. Walkers and Dogs welcome. Wheelchair and buggy friendly.
The Green Goose Cafe/Bistro: The Green Goose in Bideford has great menu to suit all, from a traditional breakfast, to Eggs Benedict or American style pancakes. They also host themed nights and events.
The Pier House: Serves delicious lunchtime, evening meals and Sunday Carvery catering for all tastes. Unique location in Westward Ho! just a stroll from the beach and overlooking Bideford Bay and Lundy Island. Children welcome. Booking is not essential but recommended.
The Red Barn: Dine in the restaurant, at the bar or on the patio whilst enjoying the magnificent views across Woolacombe Bay. The bar is well stocked with beers, wines and spirits from around the world, and local ‘Cask Marque’ approved real ales. They also host some great live music nights which are always a hot with the locals.
Marwood hill gardens:An 18 acre garden with 3 small lakes, unusual trees and shrubs, bog garden, national collection of astilbes, iris ensata and tulbaghias.
Squires Fish and Chips: FA Rick Stein recommended Fish and Chip Restaurant in Braunton, Famous throughout the West Country for their Award Winning ‘ Fish and Chips’.
The Thatch Inn: Owned and operated by the same family for over twenty years in Croyde. Bringing you excellent pub food, real ales and fine wines