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Explore North Devon

Exmoor | Croyde | Woolacombe | Ilfracombe | Clovelly Lynton & Lynmouth | Valley Of The Rocks | Saunton Sands

Guide to North Devon

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Intensely rugged and in places utterly remote, north Devon has a coast to inspire. Drastically concertinaed cliffs frame atmospheric fishing villages while long sandy beaches stretch out alongside. It offers a smorgasbord of delights, from surfing lessons at cool Croyde to Damien Hirst’s artistry in Ilfracombe.

Swimming experiences include snorkelling safaris and Victorian-style bathing, and gardens range from the classic designs of the Royal Horticultural Society to those dotted with contemporary art. Then there’s Braunton’s immense sand dunes, impossibly pretty Clovelly, Hartland’s phenomenal rock formations, and (sitting on the horizon 10 miles out to sea) Lundy Island – a truly get-away-from-it-all escape. Take the sea safari to see dolphins, seals, puffins, and breathtaking coastal discoveries.

Woolacombe Beach
The Times Beach of the year 2021: Woolacombe Beach
The stunning North Devon coast
Babbling brooks of Lynton and Lynmouth
Broomhill has its very own beach hut at Saunton for guests to hire
Just 15 minutes from Exmoor
30 mins from charming Clovelly
15 mins from the UK's best waves in Croyde
15 mins from Ilfracombe, home to Damien Hirst's "Verity"

Activities to suit you

Creating memories

Art and culture

  • Blindwell Gallery
  • Jackson and Young
  • Kind
  • Appledore Gallery
  • Tarka Pottery
  • Waterside Gallery
  • Echo Beach
  • Magenta Fine Art
  • Damien Hirst’s VerityBurton Art Gallery
  • The Plough
  • Queen’s Theatre
  • Ilfracombe Art & Craft Society
  • Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
  • Braunton & District Museum
  • Cobbaton Combat Collection
  • Ilfracombe Museum
  • Museum of British Surfing
  • Landmark Theatre

Fine dining

  • Thomas Carr
  • Sandy Cove
  • Number 8
  • Claytons & The Glasshouse
  • Maiden Arch
  • The Farmers Arms
  • Kentisbury Grange
  • High Bullen
  • Antidote

Casual dining

  • Lilicos
  • Lush
  • Westleigh Inn
  • The Rock
  • Instow Arms
  • The Boathouse
  • The Pier House
  • The Chichester Arms
  • The Red Lion
  • The Pyne Arms
  • Latitude 48
  • Brundells
  • The Ganges
  • Fullam
  • Silver Tree Thai
  • Bull and Bear
  • Café du parc
  • Belluno

Nature and stately homes

  • RHS Rosemoor
  • Dartmoor
  • Exmoor
  • Heartland Abbey
  • Tapley Gardens
  • Becky Falls
  • Marwood Hill Gardens
  • Hartland Abbey
  • Arlington Court

Action and adventure

  • Walking On Waves
  • H2o Outdoor
  • Air Extreme
  • Stuart Line Cruises
  • Croyde Bay Surf Hire
  • Keypitts

Family

  • Clovelly
  • Big Sheep
  • Milky Way
  • Exmoor Zoo
  • Lundy Island
  • H2Outdoor
  • Affinity Devon
  • Survival Games
  • The Ultimate Adventure Centre
  • Lyton & Lynmoth Cliff Railway
  • Quince Honey Farm
  • Watermouth Castle
  • Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
  • Funderzone
  • Let’s Go
  • Air Extreme

Beaches

  • Woolacombe
  • Putsborough
  • Croyde
  • Saunton
  • Instow
  • Westward Ho!
  • Combe Martin
  • Lynmouth
  • Barricane
  • Hele Bay
  • Tunnels

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