Local Attractions in North Devon

There are a range of unique attractions and stunning places to visit in North Devon. So should you need a day off from the glorious local beaches, you may like to consider visiting one of the following attractions.

If you need any more ideas, please ask. Contact and web details supplied on request.


Arlington Court - National Trust property with fine collection costume, pewter, shells and model ships. The Trust also houses its entire collection of carriages here. Licensed restaurant and shop. Tel: 01271 850296

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens - International Contemporary Art Gallery, with 10 acres, 60 sculptors and 300 sculptures lies in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon.

Kerscott House - Swimbridge - 6 acres of Ornamental trees, wide selection of shrubs, herbaceous and tender perennials, ponds and bog garden. Mediterranean garden within roofless barn. Open under National Gardens Scheme last Sundays in June, July and August, also for group garden visits. Please telephone for details: 01271 830943


The Gnome Reserve & Wild Flower Garden - For a completely unique 100% fun experience, simultaneously 100% ecologically interesting, with an extra 100% wonder and magic mixed in, visit The Gnome Reserve.


The Big Sheep - Working farm turned wacky attraction, all undercover fun includes sheep racing, adventure zones and live entertainment. With rural crafts on show, shop and restaurant. Tel : 01237 477916

Docton Mill & Garden - Lymebridge Hartland North Devon EX39 6EA Less than 1m from the sea, nestling in one of Devon's outstanding beauty spots is this garden for all seasons (depicted on BBC, ITV and Channel 4's Garden Party) Tel : 01237 441369

Hartland Abbey - Near Bideford , North Devon EX39 6DT - Situated in an unspoilt valley leading to a remote Atlantic cove, the Abbey offers peace and tranquility and also the woodland gardens, fascinating secret 18th Century walled gardens, the Baronets Bog Garden. Tel : 01237 441264

Tapeley Park - Instow , North Devon EX39 4NT. The Terraces are one of Tapeley Parks oldest and best known features. Hand dug, the south facing walls and sheltered borders created by the terracing are full of semi-tropical and tender flowers rarely seen in the UK. Tel : 01271 342558


Visit Braunton Burrows a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve or Braunton Marsh which was reclaimed from the sea in the 19th century with the building of massive banks and a network of delphs. An outstanding community of marshland plants, insects and related wildlife can be seen.


Clovelly - Unspoilt and picturesque fishing village on North Devon coast famed for its steep cobbled streets. Boat trips from the 14th Century quay, visitors' centre, shops, restaurants and facilities. Tel : 01237 431781

Clovelly Court Gardens - Victorian kitchen garden, with magnificent greenhouses, Apricots, melons, peaches nectarines, grapes, citrus fruits, figs, cucumbers, peppers, chillies, aubergines and tomatoes are supplied to the hotels in season.

Milky Way Adventure Park - 2 Miles from Clovelly. Featuring Europe's first interactive ride, Clone Zone, Time Warp and archery, pets, railway, toddler town, birds of prey and more. Disabled access. Tel : 01237 431255

Combe Martin:

Wildlife and Dinosaur Park - The most wondrous collection of animals that have ever lived, from present day to the world of 225 million years ago! Set in 25 acres of lovely countryside.

Great Torrington:

RHS Garden Rosemoor - New National Garden: 40 acres set in the Torridge Valley with arboretum, formal planting, potager and 200 varieties of Rose. Visitor centre, shop, restaurant and plant centre. Tel : 01805 624067

Dartington Crystal - Working factory attracting 300,000 visitors a year. Watch glass blown, shaped and engraved and have a go at glass decoration yourself. Factory shop, visitor centre and restaurant. Tel : 01805 626269


Waverley Excursions - Sail to Lundy Island and see the famous Puffins on 'The Waverley' the last sea going paddle steamer in the world.

The Landmark Theatre - Fancy a trip to the theatre? Details of what's on at The Landmark and at The Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple can be found here.

Ilfracombe Aquarium - This exciting all weather attraction is looking forward to welcoming you to discover the aquatic delights living in and around North Devon, at the Old Lifeboat House, Ilfracombe Harbour.

Watermouth Castle - Enter the Castle and step back in time to simple the pleasures of Victorian life, peer into the craft shops of bygone days, make your way through the dungeon maze and see magical fairytales come to life!

Mullacott Quads & Mullacott Equestrian Centre - Quad biking at Mullacott Quads is fast and the most fun to be had on four wheels. Mullacott Equestrian Centre offers Horse riding lessons plus for the more experienced beach, coastal rides and carriage driving. Tel: 01271 866685

South Molton:

Quince Honey Farm - Home to a million bees in 1500 hives, Quince includes hives that open to reveal their inner workings safely behind glass. With shop and refreshments. Tel : 01769 572401