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 great days out in North Devon guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained or a relaxing trip to a historic house, there’s plenty of North Devon attractions 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. Enjoy a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous of bygone days in one of North Devon's historic houses and gardens. Plus there’s a fascinating range of heritage attractions to visit, including funicular railways, castles and medieval bridges.
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The stepped beach and the rocks it possesses make Croyde one of the best surfing in Europe suitable only for experts. It is a world famous sandy beach, backed by sand dunes and situated in a small bay on the North Devon Coast.
Westward Ho!, Nr Bideford, North Devon, EX39 1HN, Tel:
The beach is patrolled by lifeguards and is one of the safest in the area. It offers vast expanses of golden sands, which makes it ideal for fun family bathing.
Nr Clovelly, North Devon, EX35 7TY, Tel: 01237 477676, Email
Bucks Mills is a pleasant, picturesque and quiet retreat, even at the busiest times of the year. The beach is situated in a rocky secluded cove at the bottom end of the ancient fishing village.
Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7BT, Tel: 01271 870553, Email
Barricane beach (also known as Combesgate beach) not only offers a picturesque landscape tucked in between the rocks, but is famous for cowries and other exotic sea shells.
Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7EB, Tel: 01271 870553, Email
Combesgate is a lovely secluded beach, located at the far right-end side of Woolacombe with some attractive rock pools ideal for children. Beware the beach is only accessible between low and mid-tide. Dog access restricted.
With golden sand, rocks & many rock pools the cliffs surrounding the beach are moderately unstable but provide a great variety of wildflowers. In a Heritage Coast area perfect for walking, however, keep an eye on the tide. Dog friendly.
The long sweeping sands of Putsborough are renowned for their cleanliness and beauty. It is very popular with families as it offers vast golden sands as well as plenty of rock pools to explore, ideal for children.
Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9EQ, Tel: , www.visitcombemartin.co.uk
Watermouth cove is a very secluded harbour creating an ecosystem for many rare marine species. Surrounded by rocks the bay is sheltered from wind and tidal forces. Many boats moor here for this reason.
Saunton, Braunton, North Devon, EX33 1LQ, Tel: , www.sauntonbeach.info
Saunton Sands is a three mile long expanse of sandy beach popular with surfers and ideal for families.
Bude, EX23 0AW, Tel: 01208 262812, Email
Situated in an area of outstanding beauty it is ideal for surfing & paradise for children, with a beautiful stretch of golden sand & innumerable rock pools to explore. The Coastal Footpath runs along the cliff-top with panoramic views.
Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9DT, Tel:
This ancient cove was a popular bay for smugglers. High sided cliffs drop down to a small rocky bay with shingle and sand. This bay is sheltered and peaceful.
Combe Martin, North Devon, EX34 0DN, Tel:
Access to Wild Pear Beach requires a testing walk of approximately 2kms with steep gradients. Mostly sand and shingle with rocks and caves at the foot of the cliffs.
The small bay at Crooklets is due north of Summerleaze & adjoins it at low tide. Formed by the rocks of Wrangle Point to the north and outcrops of rocks to the south. Due to the small size of the beach it can be conjested in the summer.
Woolacombe, Nr Braunton, North Devon, EX34 7DL, Tel:
Woolacombe Beach is one of the finest beaches in the West Country with numerous awards. It's a big favourite for families and surfers, attracting thousands of people each summer.
Picturesque harbour set in an area known as 'The little Switzerland of England'. Lynmouth opens to a pebbled beach with abrupt scenery. Surrounded by beautiful National Park this beach is frequented more often by walkers than sun bathers.
Bude, Cornwall, EX23 8HN, Tel: 01208 262812, Email
This has proved to be one of the most popular beaches of the area & is perfect for all the family. Surrounded by dunes on one side and the canal on the other. Dog friendly. Lifeguard information can be checked on www.beachlifeguards.org.uk.
Lynton, North Devon, EX31 4QX, Tel: , www.lynton-lynmouth-tourism.co.uk
As it's name may suggest Woody Bay lies below ancient woodland. This secluded beach requires a steep walk of approximately 500 metres, to reveal a rocky, pebbled beach with some shingle.
Combe Martin is a superb family beach, a favourite of many locals, understandably as it is located within the Heritage Coast and in an area of outstanding Natural Beauty. It boasts some of the finest scenery.