Holidays & Short Breaks in North Devon and Exmoor
Discover some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the country. The South West Coast path runs the length of North Devon and offers spectacular views and access to golden beaches, secret coves and quaint fishing hamlets steeped in history and charm. The coastal villages and towns offer a vibrant mix of local food, arts and entertainment and most of the coastline is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Things to do in North Devon
Around North Devon
Explore the coast
Whether you are looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beauty spot, or to embark on the challenge of a hike, you’ll find walks for all ages and abilities around the stunning North Devon coast.
Step back in time
Discover the cobbled, traffic-free fishing village of Clovelly in North Devon. Built into a cleft in a 400 foot high cliff, Whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers lead to the tiny, ancient working port.
Learn to surf
North Devon is home to some of the best and most consistent surf beaches in the UK. Friendly instructors will have you catching your first wave in no time at all.
Visit a festival
Spend a weekend on the beach at the UK's coolest surf and music festival hosted annually in Croyde, North Devon.
- Explore the coast
Get close to nature
Designated the first Marine Conservation Area, Lundy offers opportunities for diving and seal watching, and a wide variety of seabirds, wildlife, flora and fauna. Take a boat trip, pack picnic, and make a day of it.
Exmoor Zoo is different, neither a wildlife park or a city zoo, but a more friendly and contact orientated zoo which has grown into the North Devon countryside.
Whether you are looking to do something active, or would prefer to sit back and relax, Experience Exmoor is your gateway to this wonderful area, with its dramatic scenery and fascinating past.
Visit the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Britain and discover dramatic scenery with steep-sided sand dunes, wild open grassland plains and wonderful plants and wildlife.
- Lundy Island
Rainy day ideas
Put the kids through their paces with an afternoon at this indoor climbing wall with a range of climbing experiences.
This exciting, award winning, all weather educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world around North Devon.
Quince Honey Farm
Visit Beeworld, Quince Honey Farm’s renowned exhibition of honeybees. Nowhere else in the world can visitors get such an up close view of the inner workings of the honeybee society.
North Devon Theatres
Enjoy a theatre production or children’s workshop at the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple or the Landmark in Ilfracombe or an inspiring visit to the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon.
- Rock climbing
The Big Sheep
This famous attraction and Gold Award Winner for Tourism Excellence in SW England is now firmly established as one of the UK’s most innovative and exciting family attractions.
The Milky Way
Over 85,000 sq feet of indoor fun & outdoor activities, The Milky Way is the biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon and voted best day out attraction by North Devon visitors.
Dinosaur and Wildlife Park
Watch lions and wolves, catch otters feeding, monkeys playing and penguins swimming. Have a close encounter with a lemur or a meerkat. But watch out for the dinosaurs!
Discover Museums, Dungeons, Antique Slot Machines and the wonderful water show extravaganza. Children’s rides, Play areas and free parking.
- The Big Sheep
Houses and Gardens
Hartland Abbey is a fascinating house. Experience not only the stunning interiors, collections, beautiful gardens and walks but also the warmth and friendliness only found in a family home cherished for generations.
Castle Hill Gardens
Exceptional 50 acre garden surrounding magnificent Palladian house, including lavender edged herbaceous borders and a water sculpture, woodland walks with Daffodils, Bluebells, Camellias, Magnolias Azaleas, Eucryphias.
Clovelly Court Gardens
Clovelly Court gardens are a classic example of a Victorian walled kitchen garden including magnificent glasshouses sheltering peaches, apricots, melons and grapes. The unique maritime micro-climate also allows the growth of tender and exotic plants.
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. Many rare and unusual.
- Hartland Abbey