North Devon Attractions, Activities, Features and Things To Do!

1 Appledore - Quay Restaurant and Gallery

Number 9 The Quay is a high quality waterfront restaurant, with coffee-shop and gallery, where you can enjoy superb views of the estuaries of the Rivers Taw and Torridge. Upstairs in the restaurant, fresh seasonal produce is used to create modern British food, while downstairs the licensed coffee-shop will provide you with breakfast and lunch, delicious regional food, organic juice and Fair Trade drinks. You can also enjoy local artists' work, which is on display in all areas of the building. Appledore itself is a charming little fishing and ship building centre with a picturesque quayside and twisty, narrow cobbled streets.
Phone: 01237 473355 Email: Web: 

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2 Bideford - Atlantic Village Shopping & Entertainment Complex

Atlantic Village provides a special blend of outlet shopping and family attractions in the "Atlantis Family Adventure Park." You can shop at over thirty five outlets in a delightful indoor mall while you enjoy regular live entertainment and then go on to the fun in the Atlantis Family Adventure Park, which will entertain you all, whatever the weather. The kids will love The Atlantic Voyager, a children’s fun and adventure ship which has rope nets, slides and even a crow’s nest for the naughty! There's much more to keep them entertained, including the Wreckers Creek, Pirates Island, and the Mystery Maze – the largest hedge maze in Devon, in which they might get lost for hours. (Since some of the attractions close in winter, check before you set off to make sure you can enjoy your day out as planned!) You'll also find food and drink galore here, with something to suit everyone. 
Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 3QU
Phone: 01237 422 544    Email:  Web:

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3 Barnstaple - The Heritage Centre

This entertaining "hands-on" attraction is located in a splendid Grade I listed building situated on Queen Anne's Walk on the riverfront at Barnstaple. Barnstaple Heritage Centre reveals the town's rich and vibrant past; when you enter you'll embark on a journey through the most important periods of Barnstaple's history, and meet key figures such as the Town Clerk, the Medieval Mayor and the ancient Apothecary! Staff are always on hand to explain things, and with their help, the Heritage Centre captures more than a thousand years of history and brings it all to life before your very eyes! Open: April to October (inclusive): Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 am - 5:30 pm. November to March (inclusive): Tuesday to Friday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Barnstaple Heritage Centre, Queen Anne's Walk, The Strand, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1EU
Phone/Fax:  01271 373003 
To find it: From the A361, follow the signs to Barnstaple town centre. Go along The Strand from The Square, and the Heritage Centre is located on the left beside the river.

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4 Barnstaple - The Pannier Market

This ancient market combines the best of fresh food with a whole range of general goods under one historic roof, and it's open all year round! After being voted one of the Top Ten Food Markets in the UK, the market has become even more popular, and many of the shops have extended into the next door properties, so they can now display a larger selection of local produce. There are butchers, bakers, delicatessens, florists and much more besides.
The Pannier Market can be traced as far back as Saxon times when Barnstaple, a fortified town, was one of only four  Boroughs in Devon. It evolved into the present day indoor Pannier Market in 1849, after which the outdoor market was closed.
Butchers Row Barnstaple Devon EX31 1SY
Phone: 01271 379084 Fax: 01271 379084 Email:

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5 Various Venues - Beaford Arts

Beaford Arts was founded in 1966, and it now creates opportunities for village communities to experience the arts as both audience and participants, with a whole year round programme of events and exhibitions in village halls, museums, and theatres. There are several branches to the organisation, including Beaford touring, which arranges low cost performances by professional performers in venues such as halls, community centres, local schools and churches. Sometimes the artists will give a workshop or do some work with local schools. Of course, the artists benefit as well, with the opportunity to perform in smaller venues that have greater connection with the audience. And Beaford's Moving Pictures is a touring cinema which screens major feature films at community venues, including village and parish halls. Films on offer include the latest block-buster or art-house type subtitled world films, all screened on digital equipment. Beaford also offer the use of Greenwarren House, a 19th century pile in the small Devon village of Beaford, which was England's first rural art centre. Greenwarren offers catering facilities, accommodation and work space for a variety of groups.

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6 Bideford - Bideford Bicycle Hire

There are many shops to choose your bike hire from, but Bideford Bike Hire has over 200 bikes, including tandems, electric bikes and those with trailers. And the shop is based in a superb location from which you can explore The Tarka Trail.
Bideford Bicycle Hire, Torrington St, East-the-Water, Bideford
Phone: 01237 424123  Web:

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7 Bideford - The Pannier Market

This historic market was opened in 1884, and has evolved into the high quality market we see today with a whole range of goods on sale. The covered Pannier Market opens all year round from 8 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon on Tuesdays and Saturdays, while the Butcher’s Row shops are open all week.
Butchers' Row and Market Place, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2DR
Phone: 01237 478777  Email:

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8  Bideford - The Big Sheep

One of Devon's best indoor adventure playgrounds for kids and adults, once a working farm; now a tourist attraction which combines rural crafts, cheese making, sheep shearing, and entertaining pieces such as racing sheep and duck trailing. Highly amusing and very appealing, and all undercover, so whatever the weather you're guaranteed a great day! There's also a family entertainment park with the aptly named "Ewetopia Indoor Play Area", outdoor Laser Games, pony rides and a great garden centre. See the ball pools, secure play zones and climbing areas with three slides, one a "Free fall death slide"! And there's a great range of down-to-earth hot food from burgers and chips to jacket potatoes.
The Big Sheep, Abbotsham,  Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5AP
Phone: 01237 472366  Email:  Web:

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9 Various Venues - North Devon Cycle Hire

The Tarka Trail has been laid out along reclaimed railway track, and is ideal for cycling. It connects Barnstaple, Bideford, Meeth and Great Torrington along the Torridge and Taw valleys. As you may well know, the trail is named after Williamson's book Tarka the Otter, a classic story which featured many of the places along the Trail. If you're staying on or near Exmoor, a day's enjoyable cycling along the Tarka Trail or Biketrails' Exmoor routes can be very enjoyable indeed. These suppliers may be able to help you.

Bideford Cycle Hire, are open all year and offer direct access to the Tarka Trail from their depot. Phone: 01237 424123

Tarka Trail Cycle Hire are located at Barnstaple railway station and are open seven days a week from Easter to  October. Phone: 01271 324202

Otter Cycle Hire are located in Braunton, a mere twenty yards from the Tarka Trail. They are open from March through to November and you can reach them on 01271 813339.

Torrington Cycle Hire can be found in the station yard at Torrington and offer bikes suitable for all the family. Booking is highly advisable, on 01805 622633

Crediton Cycle Hire can be reached on Crediton (01363) 774773.

Bike Trail Hire (Tarka Trail) offer free parking and are located on the Tarka Trail between Barnstaple and Instow. There are bike, boat and bus links to Appledore, and they offer guided nature and birdspotting rides. With special needs bikes and some very good group discounts, a company worth looking at. Phone: 01271 861424  Web: Biketrail

Biketrail Hire Lynton (Exmoor) will provide you with bikes from their base in the old village of Lynton. They offer a collection and delivery service to their unique Exmoor bike routes, as well as guided bike safaris, electric bikes, bikes for those with special needs, and bike spares, repairs and accessories. They also sell new bikes for sale. Phone: 01598 753 987 Web: Biketrail

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10 Bideford - Breathing Space

This company describe themselves as Activity Providers, by which they mean they will take you (or a group of people) surfing, coasteering, riding, mountain biking, climbing, kite flying, fly fishing, and guided walking. They also offer more relaxing pursuits such as massage therapy! When a company offers so many activities, they have to be careful to ensure standards are high in all areas -  so it's good to know Breathing Space focus on quality, and use only highly qualified and experienced instructors with full insurance cover for all concerned. For a full list of what they offer, it's best to look at the website, though as an example of their programme, you can have a surfing lesson from £20 per person per half day, equipment included.
Harvest Lane, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3RU
Phone: 08453 880037  Fax: 0560 126125
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11 Bude - Brocklands Adventure Park

Great fun for kids and adults alike, no matter whether it rains or shines!
Brocklands Adventure Park and Brock Brock Bowel, West Street, Kilkhampton, Near Bude, Cornwall, EX23 9QW
Phone: 01288 321920 Reception: 01288 321225

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12 Barnstaple -  Broomhill International Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

With over 300 sculptures by 60 sculptors ideally set in over 7 acres of superb wooded grounds, plus an art gallery and a magnificent hotel, this is an ideal holiday venue for everyone, not just art lovers. Broomhill Art Hotel, and the sculpture gardens, art gallery and restaurant, have now been in existence for ten highly successful years. Located in one of the wonderful valleys of North Devon, in the midst of hundreds of acres of forest and stream, this year the gardens feature important new sculptures and installations from sculptors such as R A Westerhuis, David Kemp and Mike Roles. The restaurant kitchen menu is based around Mediterranean cuisine, using fresh local produce from  neighbouring farms; it's no wonder they were awarded the Devon Good Food Award! Lunch and evening meals are served in the delightful restaurant or the sun-warmed terrace, and cream teas and refreshments are available during the day.
Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford Road, Barnstaple, EX31 4EX
Phone: 01271 850262  Fax  01271 850575  Email:

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13 Barnstaple - Castle Hill Garden

This delightful Palladian house is set in 18th century parkland (which is open to the public) with a summer millennium garden and woodland gardens, where you'll be surprised by the unexpected follies and temples! It's a peaceful setting with magnificent views.
Castle Hill, Filleigh, Barnstaple, Devon, England, EX32 0RH
Phone: 01598 760421 Email:  Web:

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14 Lynton - Cloud Farm

This farm offers superb holiday facilities including walking and riding for all ages and levels of ability. They say that you can rediscover what life, and holidays, should actually be about in this peaceful and beautiful location! They have holiday accommodation, campsites, stables, a craft centre and tea rooms. The local wildlife includes herons, red deer, buzzards, and Exmoor ponies, while the scenery is breathtaking, with wooded valleys, rolling moor, forests and streams, all part of the Lorna Doone country in this beautiful part of Exmoor. Of course, there's also Exmoor and its villages, the beaches and the unspoilt coast as well, all of which are quiet and uncrowded.
Colin & Jill Harman, Cloud Farm, Oare, Lynton, North Devon, EX35 6NU
Phone: 01598 741234  Email:

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15 Clovelly

This unique village has traffic-free streets, flower-decked cottages, ancient inns, craft workshops, a fishing harbour, donkeys, interesting museums, and some stunning views. It's secluded, but easy to find, less than five minutes' drive from the Bideford to Bude road, the A39. Turn off the A39 nine miles west of Bideford at Clovelly Cross.

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15 Clovelly Pottery

This pottery was established by Clive Pearson at Hartland in the early seventies. Output is mostly stoneware, including coffee, wine and tea sets, jugs, mugs, plates and bowls, and a whole range of oven to tableware. Please phone for further details and to check opening hours. 
The Forge, North Street, Hartland, Nr. Bideford, North Devon, EX39 6DE
Phone: 01237 441693   Web: Clovelly Pottery

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17 Combe Martin Wildlife Park and Dinosaur Park, and the Exmoor Brassrubbing Centre

A mixture of exotic birds and animals and realistic dinosaurs roaming the Earth! Web:

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Exmoor Brassrubbing Centre

Discover the ancient art of brass rubbing in a relaxed atmosphere in the breathtaking village of Lynmouth. You don't need to know how to do it before you arrive - all materials and friendly instruction are provided. Kids and adults are all welcome, as the centre offers facilities for all ages from 5 - 95!
Units C & E Woodside Craft Centre, Watersmeet Road, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6EP
Phone:  01598 752529 E-mail: Web:

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18 Combe Walks

You can experience Devon’s wildlife and heritage on a guided walk or with the help of a self-guided walks leaflet. Combe Walks provide self-guided walk leaflets for North Devon and Exmoor with easy to follow and simple route directions, up-dated regularly, with no map reading. You will never get lost with instructions this detailed, so you can enjoy really relaxed walking! The owner of the company organises the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival.
Combe Walks, Harwill House, Victoria Street, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 0JS
Phone: 01271 883487  Email:  Web:

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19 Torrington - Dartington Crystal

You can visit the working factory, see how the glass is made, then try your own hand at making a hand cast, painted glass plate, or even glass-blowing. There's a museum, excellent restaurant and factory shop.
Dartington Crystal (Torrington) Ltd, Torrington, Devon, EX38 7AN
Phone: 01805 626262 Web:

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20 Hartland - Docton Mill And Gardens

These famous gardens, with 8 acres of beautifully tended planting, are located near Hartland, close to Spekes Mill Waterfall. They are open from 1st March to October 31st, 10am to 6pm. They have won many awards, both for their gardens and their cream teas! Highlights to look out for include spectacular displays of daffs and narcissi in spring, the river walk with narcissi, bluebells and wild garlic, the superb bog garden, the massive herbaceous border of over 138m, the superb wild flower gardens, and the massive range of herbaceous perennials for sale.
The history of the gardens is interesting: begun in the 1930s, then abandoned in the 1970s, the renovation has been gathering pace since 1980. Since then, vast numbers of trees have been planted, and a massive amount of clearing and restoration has been done; the idea is to make everything as natural as possible. In spring you can see narcissi, primulas, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, with bluebells throughout the woods. In summer there are lots and lots of roses, with a bank of Felicia and Pax and - of course -  the stunning herbaceous border. There is a beautiful tea room, which offers local, home grown produce and Devon cream teas.

Docton Mill, Lymebridge, Hartland, North Devon, EX39 6EA  
Phone / Fax:  01237 441369  Email:  Web:

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21 Ilfracombe - Dovetails Gallery

You can enjoy the luminous light, the brilliant colours, and the various textures of Devon, in a wide range of traditional  and contemporary artworks. The gallery has been described as a project in which local artists, including painters, potters, and sculptors are able to show their works in a wide range of media, style and techniques. The Victorian building, with many hidden alcoves, is perfect for displaying this wide variety of local art and craft.
60 High Street, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9QB 
Phone: 01271  864769  Fax: 01271 864769 

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22 Barnstaple - Exmoor Zoo

This unusual zoo features over 200 species of wildlife, but the difference is that they are much more hands-on than some other zoos. It's an ideal family venue, especially for younger children, because the zoo has always specialized in smaller mammals, featured in naturalistic living spaces. They now have some larger animals such as cheetah, blackbuck, and wolves. The personal, friendly approach makes this a day out with a difference, where you can enjoy  the keepers' talks and animal encounter sessions every half hour in the Summer.
Exmoor Zoological Park, South Stowford, Bratton Fleming, Near Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 4SG
Phone: 01598 763352  Email:   Web:

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23 Bradworthy - Gnome Reserve and Wildflower Garden

If you're amused by the whimsical, and want to meet over a thousand gnomes and pixies in a forest and wild flower garden, then this is for you. The Gnome Reserve is located in rural countryside near Bideford, about 7 miles from the Devon border with Cornwall. Kids will love it - there's loads for them to discover, ranging from a woodpecker in a tree to the little pixies flitting over clumps of flowers. Recommended also for grown-ups who might have become a little jaded.
The Gnome Reserve, West Putford, Nr Bradworthy, North Devon, EX22 7XE
Phone: 01409 241435  Fax: 08715 227633  Email: Web:

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25 Bideford - Hartland Abbey and Gardens

Hartland Abbey is the ancient family home of the Stucley family. It has an interesting history, having been built in the 12th century, used as a monastery for 400 years, and passed through the female line three times! The interior is fascinating, and has a very lived-in feel. Located just a mile from Hartland Quay, the Abbey is situated in a narrow, peaceful valley near the amazing Atlantic Coast in an area of outstanding natural beauty. You can enjoy not only the beautiful house and gardens and a wonderful woodland walk to Atlantic Cove, but also a museum, while the gardens feature peacocks, black sheep and delicious Devon cream teas!  Located five miles west of Clovelly through Hartland Village en route to Hartland Quay. Turn off the A39 fifteen miles west Bideford, fifteen miles north of Bude. From the M5 junction 27, follow the North Devon link road to Hartland. If you're enjoying the scenery while walking the south-west coastal path you can pay a visit to the Abbey, and local accommodation is available.
Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Bideford, North Devon. EX39 6DT
Phone: 01237 441264  Fax: 01237 441264  Email: hartland_abbey Web:

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27 Woolacombe - Once Upon A Time Theme Park

Designed specially for today's children, this centre provides hours and hours of fantasy and fun. Children will love playing in the creative areas with plastic ball oceans, a puppet show, tales which come to life, and all kinds of exciting rides.
The Old Station, Station Road, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7HH
Phone: 01271 867474

28 Ilfracombe - The Aquarium

You can follow the water and its fishy inhabitants from mountain top to Atlantic coast in this fascinating display.
The Old Lifeboat House, Ilfracombe Harbour.
Phone: 01271 864533 Web:

29 Ilfracombe - Ilfracombe Golf Club

With a superb course, a friendly clubhouse and a welcome for all who wish to play, Ilfracombe Golf Club is the ideal holiday golf venue. This privately run club is located one mile east of Ilfracombe in the direction of Combe Martin and boasts truly spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales. The 18 hole course offers up a worthwhile challenge to golfers of all abilities, while the relaxed atmosphere of the clubhouse is the ideal place to enjoy an  excellent bar and restaurant menu as you enjoy the view, especially the stunning sunset over the Devon coast and the Bristol Channel.
Hele Bay, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9RT
Phone: 01271 862176 Fax : 01271 867731   Web:

29 Ilfracombe - Watermouth Castle 

Watermouth Castle, which overlooks the delightful Watermouth Cove, offers everyone a fun day out, with attractions and entertainment for everyone from the youngest member of the family to the oldest! The Castle's Great Hall has many magnificent suits of armour, antiques and trophies, with an astonishing collection of Victorian toys including antique pier machines, games, a fabulous model railway room, strange curios of every kind, and music machines. But there's much, much more: you can see how fairytales really do come to life before your eyes, look at shops from days of long-ago, play the arcade machines from many years ago, and try to find your way through a dungeon maze.
Located midway between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin on the A399.

30 Ilfracombe - Princess Wildlife and Coastal Cruises

See the coast from a different angle: by boat. Enjoy the sight of lighthouses, seals, waterfalls, seabirds and a fantastic coastal landscape, perhaps unequalled in England. The cruises take place aboard Ilfracombe Princess, which is just about the most technologically advanced passenger vessel in the U.K. You'll enjoy seeing seals, porpoises and dolphins. 
Pier Kiosk, Ilfracombe Harbour
01271 879727 
Mobile: 07866 690632  Email:  Web:

31 Clovelly - Independent Boat Charters

Enjoy fishing or sightseeing, or take an exciting trip to Lundy Island! Independent Charters can offer fishing and sailing experiences on the seas off the coast of North Devon and the amazing Lundy Island. Options include salt water fishing, lobster and champagne trips, visits to Lundy Island, and marine wildlife trips. They sail from the historic village of Clovelly in North Devon.
Contact Doug or Dave by phone: 01237 431374 Web:

32 Barnstaple and Ilfracombe - the Landmark Theatres (owned by the Landmark Trust)

These two theatres and pavilions provide a huge range of art and entertainment all through the year. They offer drama, classical music, children’s shows, opera, rock, jazz, and local and international folk, dance, amateur shows, and much more. You have two venues to choose from: Barnstaple's Queen’s Theatre or The Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe. The trust also sponsors the North Devon Festival, a celebration of the region’s rich cultural life, in June.
The Queen's Theatre, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1SY and The Landmark, Seafront, Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9BZ
Phone: The Queen's Theatre Box Office: 01271 324242  or The Landmark Box Office: 01271 324242
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33 Barnstaple - Let's Go Superbowl

Ten bowling lanes, a laser zone, play arena, soft play area for kids, video games, pool tables, air hockey, bar and restaurant, guarantee fun for all the family, and it's only 10 minutes outside Bideford, on the Braunton Road at Barnstaple.
Braunton Road, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1LG 
Phone: 01271 321123

33 Barnstaple - North Devon Farm Park

This farm and rare breeds centre is based on a 15th century Devon farm, one of the oldest in the area, with more than fifty acres of countryside and moorland to explore. There are ancient lime kilns, sparkling rivers and lakes, as well as dozens of animals to see and feed.
Swimbridge, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 0QY
Phone: 01271 830265  Email:  Web:

34 Lundy Island

North Devon has its own Atlantic Island in the form of Lundy, which you can visit for the day or longer, as cruises depart regularly from Ilfracombe and the delightful town of Bideford. This is a place of great natural beauty, a granite outcrop in the Atlantic, four miles long and about half a mile wide, completely peaceful and unspoilt, different from any other island - and a great place to relax! Lundy Island has a range of buildings in which to stay, all owned by the Landmark Trust, ranging from a 13th century castle, through a Georgian gentleman's villa, via a lighthouse to an authentic fisherman's chalet. All twenty buildings are furnished in style for comfort, elegance and practicality: they all boast gas or electric heating, and some have open fires or stoves as well, while all of them have baths or showers. Sheets, pillowcases and towels are included in the majority of properties; for communication, you'll find a pay phone in the Tavern. Visitors are transported to Lundy on the MS Oldenburg, an elegant vessel, which is fast, comfortable and elegant: she retains her original panelling and brass fittings, but has been modernised for safety, comfort and speed. Web:

35 Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

This was one of the world’s most famous and scenic narrow gauge railways, though sadly it closed many years ago. Happily the first section from Woody Bay Station on the A39, about four miles from Lynton, has now been restored and reopened, so you can travel along one mile of the railway in the Heddon Valley near Parracombe in Exmoor National Park. Woody Bay Station, with car parking facilities, is situated on the main A39, half way between Blackmoor Gate and Lynton. From the M5, turn off at junction 27 and follow the A361 to South Molton. At the roundabout take the A399 in the direction of Lynton and Combe Martin. At Blackmoor Gate, turn onto the main road the A39 towards Lynton.
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Devon, EX31 4RA
Phone: 01598 763487 Web:

36 Bideford - Martin's Amusements

Slot machines, Bingo, Ten-pin Bowling, Kiddies Rides - a complete day of fun and only ten yards from the beach. Martins Amusements, Westbourne Terrace, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1LL Phone: 01237 474525 

37 Barnstaple - Marwood Hill Gardens

These gardens are spread over 20 acres in a valley setting, and within the gardens you'll find many collections: for example, the Camellias include over eight hundred different cultivars, grown in a large greenhouse and in various parts of the garden. The Magnolias are a striking feature in March and April. Other species represented in abundance are Betula, Rhododendron, Eucryphia, Eucalyptus, Iris and Hosta. There are also three National Collections of species in the gardens, protected in association with the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens.
Patricia Stout, Marwood Hill Gardens, Marwood, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 4EB 
Phone: 01271 342528 Email Web:

38 Bideford - Milky Way Adventure Park

Milky Way is an all-weather attraction in North Devon, with live shows, entertainment, and rides for the whole family. It's a super day out where the welcome is friendly and the service faultless, all of which makes it one of the most entertaining days out in north Devon.
The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly, Bideford, EX39 5RY T
01237 431255  Fax: 01237 431735 Email: Web:

39 Mortehoe and Woolacombe Golf Club

Located  on the coast in Mortehoe, this challenging 18 hole course  will test your skills! It's a pleasure to walk even if your golf is not up to par! For the technically minded: the club has 9 holes and 18 tees, complete with practice nets, a superb putting green, chipping area and - of course - wonderful sea views! 4729 yds, par 66.
Woolacombe & Mortehoe Golf Club, Mortehoe, Woolacombe, North Devon, EX34 7EH  
Phone: 01271 870566    Web:

41 Barnstaple - North Devon Karting Centre

North Devon Centre offers thrills, excitement and drama on a 650m track, with custom designed surface and state-of-the-art equipment. The performance karts give fantastic speed with responsive handling, and the track is fitted with state of the art timing equipment, so when you win, it's clear to everyone! Whether you like to race individually, prefer to test your skill as part of a group, or want to drive in the Grand Prix events, there's no need to book!
North Devon Karting Centre, Pottington Business Park, Braunton Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1HN
Phone: 01271 328460 Email: Web:

42 Petrockstowe - Off the Beaten Track Biking

Enjoy the facilities offered by our hire service, conveniently located near the Tarka Trail. We offer bike trailer pick up as well as drop off, bike hire delivery services, and self catering breaks which refresh and invigorate! Bring your own bike or hire from us for about £9 a day (whether you are staying with us or not!). We have a wide range of brand new "Gary Fisher" mountain bikes and accessories. With 18 frames ranging from 13" to 19" we are sure to be able to meet your requirements. Tread about the Tarka Trail
Hallwood Farm, Petrockstowe, North Devon, EX20 3HP
Phone: 01837 811 762 07831 186 269

44 Lynton - Outovercott Riding Stables

These A.B.R.S approved stables offer year round accompanied rides along the Lyn valley, over Exmoor, or along the coast, with horses matched to your ability, no matter how limited or extensive. Families are very welcome, and hard hats and instruction are provided.
Outovercott Riding Stables, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6JR 
Phone: 01598 753341 Web:

44  Lynton - Glen Lyn Gorge

This Site of Special Scientific Interest is a spectacular gorge, best known for the 1952 Lynmouth flood disaster. Nowadays its more tranquil, with lovely woodland walks by the waterfalls and paths along the valley. You can bring a picnic and sit alongside the river, or enjoy the exhibition which demonstrates how water from West Lyn River now produces hydro-electricity. Children can have fun with giant waterwheels and playful water cannons. There's also a collection of steam engines and models operated by water.
Phone: 01598 753207 Web:

45 Torrington - Plough Arts Centre

A varied and lively programme featuring live performances, film screenings and dozens of arts workshops.
9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8HQ
Box Office Phone: 01805 624624 Admin:  01805 622552 Web:

46 Croyde Bay - Point Breaks

If you're in the mood for an adrenaline packed day or weekend of surfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, waterfall climbing, pier jumping, coast-orienteering, kayaking in paddle skis, or riding the the superscreamer behind a fast speedboat - then you need Point Breaks!
For information on surfing lessons in Devon or to book contact 07776 148679 or email Simon here Web:

47 Barnstaple - Queen's Theatre

North Devon Theatres’ Trust presents shows at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple, which has been superbly restored, and boasts a main theatre and cafe. The Queen's serves as a regional centre for larger-scale shows all year round. The Trust's other venue, the Landmark in Ilfracombe, has a theatre and the less formal Pavilion and has a busy summer programme. The Trust organises parts of the North Devon Festival, a celebration of the region’s diverse cultural life, held throughout June.
The Queen's Theatre, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 1SY
The Queen's Theatre General Enquiries Phone: 01271 327357  Box Office Phone: 01271 324242

The Landmark, Seafront, Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9BZ
The Landmark General Enquiries Phone: 01271 865655   Box Office Phone: 01271 324242

48 South Molton - Quince Honey Farm

You certainly learn some amazing things here, about the extraordinary life of the honey bee, complete with living exhibits and a huge range of honey and wax products for sale. You can watch these astonishing creatures close up viewing in complete safety, from booths which show exactly how the colonies of honeybees work, and you won't interfere with them in any way (nor they with you!). At the heart of the farm you can see the bee colonies which have taken over a chimney, spaces in the roof, hollow trees and bushes. This museum provides safe and fascinating views of the most productive insect in the world. By the time you've seen it all, you'll know the entire story of honey production and beeswax extraction from the flower to the finished product. And the shop has a massive range of high quality products at sensible prices.
Quince Honey Farm, North Road, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AZ
Phone: 01769 572401    Fax: 01769 574704   E-mail:  Web:

49 RHS Garden Rosemoor

Established in 1804, the Royal Horticultural Society is committed to developing horticulture and promoting good gardening practices, by helping men and women to share their passion for plants, developing excellence in horticulture and providing inspiration to everyone with an interest in gardening. This is a delightful garden with year-round interest. There's also a shop, plant centre, excellent restaurant and tea room.
Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH
Phone: 01805 624067   Web:

50 Highampton - Ride On Southwest

High quality bicycle hire and repairs, with the bonus of free delivery and collection. You can safely explore beautiful cycle paths on a wide range of well-maintained bikes, and with all the admin taken care of by telephone, there’s no waiting for delivery, identification is taken care of by phone, and it's just incredibly easy and simple to hire your bikes during your holiday in Devon.
Ride On Southwest,
Garledan, Highampton, Devon, EX21 5LR
Phone: 01409 231 100    Mob: 07986 938 436  Email:  Web:

51 Sailcats

How about enjoying a sail with a difference? Catamaran sailing in the safe waters of the Taw and Torridge estuaries, for example? With all equipment provided, you can enjoy the thrills of a catamaran, perhaps even surfing as you go! This company provide all the information, techniques and instruction you need to sail a modern high-performance cat with plenty of opportunity to see to sights! You don't need any experience since expert tuition and all equipment is provided. You can sail through this UNESCO biosphere reserve in more than 10 square kilometres of clean, sheltered, quiet waters, admire the golden sandy beaches, watch the ancient fishing villages slip by and spot the backdrop of Lundy Island as you sail away!
Glenn or Hayley at SailCats, Crow Beach,  Braunton,  North Devon
01805 624489 Mobile: 07941 829816 Email: Web:

52 Appledore - Skern Lodge

What do you want to try today: surfing? Kayaking? Ropes or assault courses? Abseiling or exciting archery? High speed power boating? Skern Lodge can do all this and more for individuals and groups, with a whole schedule of corporate and personal development programmes, comprised of exciting events and activities - and it's all suitable for men, women and children of all ages and abilities. Skern Lodge has been around since 1976 and has achieved superb results with many companies, organisations, schools and individuals. Whether you come as a group, a family holiday, or on an individual basis, you will be welcome for anything from a half day to a week long residential! The location, near the delightful fishing village of Appledore, near Bideford is another delight, and the coast is one of the UK's finest for surfing!
Skern Lodge, Appledore, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 1NG
Phone: 01237 475992  Fax: 01237 421203  E-Mail:  

53 Woolacombe - Surf seekers

Surfseekers is a BSA Approved surf school with a long history in the business. Indeed, it is the oldest established surf school in Woolacombe - and the most experienced. Their coaching and equipment are of the highest standard and they take special care to rigidly adhere to their mission statement about providing professional and above all safe surf coaching. Spencer Nasey is the owner, with over 10 years' experience at the sharp end of coaching in the UK, Australia and even the Canary  Islands.  All the firm's instructors have the relevant BSA coaching qualification, a lifeguard certificate, and in addition they are surfers with a great deal of experience themselves. They will provide all equipment so you can learn to surf safely and with confidence!
Phone: 07977 924588  Web:  Email:

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54 Croyde and Saunton Sands - Surf South West

Learn to surf with a British Surfing Association approved school. Based at Croyde and Saunton beaches. All equipment supplied.

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55 Croyde Bay - Surfing Croyde Bay

Your surf experience can be improved with a high instructor to student ratio - and here you get the highest ratio of any  British Surfing Association surf school! This means much more attention for you, which means you will learn much faster. The full package of surf lessons ca be found on the school's website, with a 5:1 student to instructor ratio. Located in Croyde Bay, the school has some of Europe's premier surfing areas.
Surfing Croyde Bay, Hobbs Hill, Croyde, Devon
01271 891200  Email: Web:

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56 Barnstaple - Survival Paintball

Paintball is fun, fast and furious - a thrilling game for everyone! Survival Paintball of Barnstaple have been running paintball on a fantastic 20 acre woodland site for over 20 years so they know how to make your game a great experience. They offer state of the art equipment yet keep a clear focus on the highest levels of safety so that all ages and abilities can enjoy the experience with the assurance that comes from knowing your hosts are the best in the business. The site can accommodate up to 150 players, they have a large undercover HQ with free tea, coffee and juice and a tuck shop for snacks and ice cream. You'll enjoy a good lunch if you book for the whole day, and there are friendly marshals to guide you round the site!
On the B3232 towards Great Torrington.
Phone: 01271 858279  Mobile: 07714 348 043  Email:  Web:

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57 Bideford - Tapeley Park Gardens

Over 35 acres of beautiful gardens - enjoy the Italian terrace garden, the stone labyrinth, the walled gardens and relaxing woodland walks to the superb lakes. You can find the gardens between Bideford and Barnstaple near the village of Instow. The easiest way to get there is to follow the signs from the A39 onto the B3233.

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58 Appledore - Tarka Cruises

Pleasure trips and fishing trips from the ancient port of Appledore will take you along the beautiful estuary to see the superb scenery. Sea fishing trips available from Appledore with Tarka Cruises.
Phone: 01237 476191 / 477505

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59 Barnstaple - Exeter - The Tarka Line

Take a scenic trip on the Tarka Line from Barnstaple to Exeter, a beautifully scenic railway line which goes between Exeter and Barnstaple, and lets you relax and enjoy the superb valleys of the Rivers Yeo and Taw. For the real ale enthusiast, there are plenty of wonderful rural pubs on the Rail Ale Trail. You can get full information from Tourist Information Centres.

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60 Barnstaple - Tarka Trail Cycle Hire

How convenient, ideally situated for the Tarka Trail! Get your cycles from Tarka Trail cycle hire at the railway station in Barnstaple. This is a superb level, quiet and safe cycle trail, named after Henry Williamson's book and character Tarka the Otter - the story was based in locations all the way along the trail
The Railway Station, Barnstaple, Devon
Phone: 01271 324202    Web:

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61 Great Torrington - Torrington 1646

The Torrington 1646 Civil War Heritage Centre lets you imagine what it must have been like in 17th century Great Torrington, where the final battle of the English Civil War took place. Occupied by Lord Hopton, the town was taken by storm in February 1646 by the Parliamentary Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell. Now you can visit the streets as they might have been when the Great Battle took place, with all the wanton folk, the wenches and plenty of rapscallions recreated for your fun and amusement! There's loads to see and do, including the Physic Garden, meeting the characters, trying the costumes and armour - or you can relax in the Coffee Shop or stroll in the Rose Garden.
Castle Hill, South Street, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8AA
Phone: 01805 626146   Email: Web:

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62 Somerset Tropiquaria Wildlife Park

You can enjoy the mystique of snakes and tarantulas, or try a visit to the fascinating aquarium, the entertaining puppet theatre, the astonishing radio museum, the jolly pirate ships and the bold adventure forts! All of this makes Tropiquaria Animal and Adventure Park a superb day out for everyone, regardless of age.
Tropiquaria, Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset, TA23 0QB
Phone: 01984 640688 Web:

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63 Ilfracombe - Tunnels to the Beach

Hand-carved tunnels made in the Victorian era lead to special sheltered beaches and a wonderful tidal Victorian bathing pool.

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64 Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park

With a Victorian museum, horrifying dungeons, entertaining water fountain show, and beautiful gardens with fairy tale scenes, you're sure of a great day out - and there's also gnomeland, super mini-golf and jolly fairground rides!

65 Ilfracombe - Waverley Pleasure Steamers

You can enjoy a regular day trip out to sea from Ilfracombe Harbour. These fascinating ancient ships will take you sedately all along the beautiful Exmoor coastline or over to Lundy Island. It's an unforgettable journey into the past, an era of more elegant travel, and you can even enjoy a leisurely lunch, absorb the peaceful atmosphere and admire the great views as you cruise along! Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer still working in the world! She's now magnificently restored with timber decks, and superb shining brass.

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