Things to do in North Devon & Exmoor

You can’t move in North Devon without finding something fun, cultural or adventurous to do! Whether you’re looking for fun days out in North Devon guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained or a relaxing trip to a historic house, there’s plenty of attractions in North Devon to choose from. For top Devon family attractions you can take your pick from a choice of theme parks with exhilarating rides and slides designed to thrill, or get up close and personal with the cutest animals at one of our fun packed farm attractions. North Devon boasts an enviable choice of more exotic wildlife attractions too, from a zoo and an aquarium to a Dinosaur Park. For eating out in North Devon we have everything from family friendly Devon pubs to award winning fine dining.

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Ilfracombe Aquarium
VistEngland VAQAS

Ilfracombe Aquarium, The Old Lifeboat House, The Pier, Ilfracombe Harbour, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ, Tel: 01271 864533, Email, www.ilfracombeaquarium.co.uk

Award winning, all weather family attraction provides a fascinating journey of discovery into the aquatic life of North Devon.

 
 
RHS Garden Rosemoor
Hudsons Heritage Explorer PassSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Rosemoor, Torrington, North Devon, EX38 8PH, Tel: 01805 624067, Email, www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor

Rosemoor, an enchanting 65-acre garden, offers year-round interest. Visit us for inspiration, tranquillity or simply a marvellous day out.

 
 
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park
Invest In Nature

Higher Leigh, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 0NG, Tel: 01271 882486, Email, www.wildlifedinosaurpark.co.uk

The valley that time forgot. A subtropical paradise with an abundance of birds and animals, and animatronics dinosaurs, so real they're alive!

 
 
Cliff Railway

The Esplanade, Lynmouth, North Devon, EX35 6EQ, Tel: 01598 753908, Email, www.cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk

A unique, water-powered, Victorian inclined railway, opened in 1890. It links the towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, climbing from swas level to a height of 500ft.

 
 
Harbour Restaurant, Red Lion Hotel

Clovelly, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5TQ, Tel: 01237 431 237, Email, www.clovelly.co.uk/red_lion_acc.php

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.

 
 
Quince Honey Farm

North Road, South Molton, North Devon, EX36 3AZ, Tel: 01769 572401, Email, www.quincehoney.co.uk

Quince Honey Farm is a family run working honey farm which is situated in beautiful North Devon where we have been producing honey since 1949. Our 1500 hives are kept deep in the North Devon Countryside.

 
 
Hamlyn Room, New Inn Hotel, Clovelly

High Street, Clovelly, Nr Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5TQ, Tel: 01237 431781, Email, www.clovelly.co.uk/new_inn_acc.php

Fascinating 17th C. inn with a restaurant specialising in traditional English fare.

 
 
Hartland Abbey & Gardens
Historic Houses Association Friends SchemeHudsons Heritage Explorer Pass

Hartland, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 6DT, Tel: 01237 441496/234, Email, www.hartlandabbey.com

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.

 
 
Clovelly
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Clovelly, North Devon, EX39 5TA, Tel: 01237 431200, Email, www.clovelly.co.uk

Discover for yourself why people come from all around the world to marvel at this timeless, historic fishing village in North Devon.

 
 
The Milky Way logo

Downland Farm, Higher Clovelly, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5RY, Tel: 01237 431255, Email, www.themilkyway.co.uk

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?

 
 
Dartington Crystal Limited
Invest In Nature

Linden Close, Torrington, North Devon, EX38 7AN, Tel: 01805 626262, Email, www.dartington.co.uk/

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.

 
 
The Old Milll Public House

Ossaborough Lane, Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7HJ, Tel: 01271 870237, Email

A family run, 17th century, Devonshire inn serving home cooked, traditional dishes and local ales in a relaxed atmosphere. Live music and entertainment in the summer. Children’s menu and an adventure playground.

 
 
Watermouth Castle

Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9SL, Tel: 01271 867474, Email, www.watermouthcastle.com

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.

 
 
Waves Ceramic Studio

Golden Coast Holiday Village, Station Road, Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7HW, Tel: 01271 871 360, Email, www.woolacombe.co.uk/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.

 
 
World Famous BIG Sheep Racing
Invest In NatureSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Abbotsham, Near Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5AP, Tel: 01237 472366, Email, www.thebigsheep.co.uk

The Big Sheep - an all weather attraction featuring sheep racing, indoor playzone, outdoor lazer games and the Big Sheep Brewery.

 
 
Royal and Fortescue
Invest In Nature

Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1HG, Tel: 01271 342289, Email, www.brend-hotels.co.uk/theroyalfortescue/

From the simple pleasure of a relaxing hour in the waiter served coffee lounge, enjoying delicious patisseries or afternoon tea, to the more formal atmosphere of our restaurant, you'll love eating in style at the Royal & Fortescue Hotel.

 
 

The Green Goose Cafe Bistro, 25/26 Mill Street, Bideford, EX39 2JW, Tel: 01237 459599, Email, www.thegreengoosecafe.co.uk

At The Green Goose we have a great menu to suit all, from a traditional breakfast, to Eggs Benedict or American style pancakes.

 
 
Giovanni's Restaurant

35 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1RX, Tel: 01271 321274, www.giovannisdevon.co.uk

Since opening in March 1999, Giovanni’s Restaurant has developed a loyal following both in and around the local area. There is a buzzing atmosphere generated by staff and customers alike, and you are always greeted with welcoming smiles.

 
 
The bar at night
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

29 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1RP, Tel: 01271 326907, Email, www.indigo-secret.com

Océane’s is an independent wine bar and restaurant nestling in the town centre's pleasant restaurant quarter near to the Square, the Cinema and the High Street, and offering something a little more unique in Barnstaple.

 
 
Encounter walking holidays

The Elms, 12 cott road, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0ET, Tel: 01208 871066, Email, www.encounterwalkingholidays.com

One of the few walking companies actually based in the area we operate in, we are staffed by walkers who know and love these trails, know what to see and what to avoid when walking along the South West Coast Path.

 
 
Braunton & District Museum
Invest In Nature

The Bakehouse Centre, Caen Street, Braunton, North Devon, EX33 1AA, Tel: 01271 816688, Email, www.devonmuseums.net

Braunton Museum has lots of interest for all ages, with displays based around Braunton’s agricultural, maritime and social history. With documents and photographs of the history of Braunton and the surrounding area.

 
 
Inside
Invest In Nature

Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1HG, Tel: 01271 342289, Email, www.brend-hotels.co.uk/theroyalfortescue/dining/62thebank

62 The Bank is Barnstaple's Cafe, Bar & Bistro. To book your table or wish to find out more, call The Bank Manager now on 01271 324446 or just pop in.

 
 
Surf South West
Green Tourism Gold Award

Croyde Burrows Beach Car Park, Moor Lane, Croyde Bay, Devon, EX33 1NZ, Tel: 01271 890400, Email, www.surfsouthwest.com/

Learn to surf with UK's premier surf schools at Croyde and Saunton. British Surfing Assn. Level 4 Centre. Surfing GB 'Centre of Excellence.' Established in 1996. Open every day from Mid March to end October.

 
 
The Grove Inn
North Devon Food and Drink Award Winner

Kings Nympton, North Devon, EX37 9ST, Tel: 01769 580 406, Email, www.thegroveinn.co.uk

Since 2003 the Grove has been working in partnership with local farmers and producers to bring a real taste of Devon to their guests. The hard work of those farmers and producers is evident in the quality food they produce at the Grove

 
 
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