Places to visit in the local area
Coast & Moors
Saunton is a village located approximately two miles from Braunton on the North Devon coast. Several kilometres long, the village borders the former national nature reserve, Braunton Burrows. Its beach ‘Saunton Sands’, is part of the Taw-Torridge Estuary which forms part of one of the only UNESCO biosphere reserves in the UK.
Whether you are planning to visit the National Park or are looking for ways to enjoy the special qualities of Exmoor on foot, horseback, bicycle or by car, your journey of discovery starts here. Stunning landscapes, wilderness and tranquillity, rare in southern England, and a warm rural welcome await you on Exmoor, one of Britain’s breathing places; and the glimpse of wild Red Deer or the native Exmoor Pony, are just a couple of the delights that make Exmoor special
You’ll love the farmers’ markets, full of quality local produce, and be inspired by the richness of Dartmoor’s heritage, wildlife and legends. With many activities on offer including walking, fishing and horse riding, you can effortlessly ease into Dartmoor’s delights and create pleasant memories of your stay.
Croyde is a magical place with superb sandy beaches; the village is steeped in old-world charm, and echoing the feeling of life in Britain in the 30’s and 40’s, when things were easy going. Nowadays there has been a great input into the area by the young surfing community and walkers, with three fantastic sandy beaches to choose from.
BRAUNTON, one of the largest villages in the West of England and reputedly the largest in England, lies in the North West of Devon, overlooking Barnstaple Bay. It is two miles from the sea and through the centre runs the Caen Stream, a tributary of the Taw.
Places to Eat
The New Inn, Roborough
A quaint 16th century thatched inn, serving an ever-changing menu of traditional pub food as well as seasonal dishes using fresh local produce. Regular live music and events.
Large early 19th century beamed dining pub at Wembworthy, with wide choice of good food (not Sun evening or Mon) including some interesting specials. Comfortably plush seating in partly stripped-stone bar, big evening restaurant, children welcome, picnic-sets outside, pleasant country setting, bedrooms.
The Horn of Plenty
The Horn of Plenty Hotel and Restaurant is set in five acres of spectacular gardens and wild orchards, with breathtaking views from the beautifully refurbished restaurant over the tranquil Tamar Valley near Tavistock. This elegant and beautiful country house hotel with its award-winning restaurant has a character and charm rarely found.
Peter Tavy Inn
The Peter Tavy Inn is a charming 15th century pub in the pretty village of Peter Tavy on the western flanks of Dartmoor. The village feels remote but is easily reached, being just a mile off the A386, two miles north of Tavistock on the Okehampton Road. We are renowned for our good food and well-kept real ales. Home-made dishes are prepared from fresh local produce.
Mark and Sarah Dodson’s picturesque thatched 13th Century Inn situated in the village of Knowstone on the Devon and Somerset border, with its cosy beamed bar full of character and a comfortable lounge, offers log fires and a warm welcome. The perfect setting for a romantic dinner or for that special meal during your holiday.
Welcome to Hotel Endsleigh, situated on the edge of Dartmoor, one of the greatest unspoilt natural areas left in England, perfect for walking, riding and fishing. The first stone was laid at Endsleigh in 1810 by Georgina, Duchess of Bedford and her three eldest sons. The Bedford family owned a third of Devon and decided this was the prettiest place in the county to build their house. Endsleigh was designed by Sir Jeffry Wyattville as a cottage orné.
Duke of York
The Duke of York at Iddesleigh dates back to the 15th century. Attractive beamed interior. Good range of traditional bar and restaurant food. Fish is a speciality. Children welcome. Garden. Dogs allowed.
Kings Arms Winkleigh
A charming, thatched, 18th century village pub. The Kings Arms is situated in the popular, Devon village of Winkleigh. This delightful pub is full of original features such as wooden beams and warm and cosy wood burners, ideal for relaxing in front of with a drink during the winter months.
Griffins Yard in South Molten
Griffin’s Yard is an organic and natural foods emporium based in the heart of North Devon. They have a passion for good quality and beautiful produce and are proud to stock local, award winning, organic and specialist food, drink and more, for you to browse in their shop.
Places of Interest
Set in the beautiful North Devon countryside, this stunning stately home is situated in magnificent gardens with terraced Italian lawns housing an ornamental summerhouse, known as The Toot, and with palm trees on the bottom terrace lending a tropical atmosphere.
This lush oak-wooded steep-sided river gorge (the deepest in the South West), with its natural beauty, fascinating history and many legends, can be explored through a variety of exhilarating short or long walks. Around every corner the river Lyd plunges, tumbles, swirls and gently meanders as it travels through the gorge.
Set amid beautiful Dartmoor countryside in the village of Sticklepath, this last remaining water-powered forge in England gives a unique insight into village life in the 19th century. In its heyday the foundry made 400 tools a day, including sickles, scythes and shovels for West Country farmers and miners.
Pilgrims and visitors have been making their way to Exeter Cathedral since medieval times. It is one of the most visited places in the west country. Built in the decorated gothic style, it has the longest uninterrupted medieval gothic vaulting in the world.
Around 200,000 people visit Dartington each year – a great day out for all the family. Whilst here you will learn about the 40 years of history with Dartington Crystal at the Audio Visual Theatre, follow the Dartington Timeline from 1967 to present day, then watch the expert Master Engraving demonstration
The cobbled traffic-free high street of this world famous fishing village, built into a cleft in a 400′ high cliff, tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port. It is famous for its donkeys, which traditionally carry goods up the hill; sledges bring things down. There are links with Charles Kingsley, Turner, Dickens and the Spanish Armada.
Inside this remarkable granite building, set above the Teign Gorge, is a surprisingly warm and comfortable family home. Commissioned by retail tycoon Julius Drewe, and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the castle harks back to a romantic past, while its brilliant design heralds the modern era
Burton Art Gallery
The Burton Art Gallery and Museum aims to be recognised as one of the leading cultural venues within the South West. Synonymous with the most exemplary forms of its practice and attracting a wide range of audiences of all ages from the local and international communities alike it provides the opportunity to access and engage with artists, collections and exhibitions on all levels
The Barometer World Exhibition is bound to be of interest to all visitors, with an incredible variety of weather predictors from conventional mercury and aneroid barometers, rare and strange instruments from the past to unusual natural weather forecasters including sharks, frogs and leeches! Barometer World invites you to an exhibition with a difference!
Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel: a complete family estate. The intimate Regency house contains treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, all collected by the Chichesters.
Rosemoor is a beautiful 65 acre garden set in the magnificent Torridge Valley of North Devon. The original 8 acre garden was created by Lady Anne Berry in a hillside setting full of flowering trees, shrubs, roses, bulbs and herbaceous plants.
National Gardens Scheme
The National Gardens Scheme was founded in 1927 to raise money for the nurses of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) by opening gardens of quality and interest to the public.
Garden, Plant Sales and Garden Tearoom open daily 1st March-31st October, 10am-5pm
Would you give away your family home for your political beliefs? Sir Richard Acland did with his estate, one of the largest the National Trust has acquired at 2,590 hectares (6,400 acres) with 20 farms and 200-plus cottages. Killerton House, built in 1778–9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon’s oldest families.
Only one mile from Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey lies across a narrow, sheltered valley which winds its way to the spectacular Atlantic Coast. Within a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ visitors may wander around the beautiful gardens and grounds which lead to the rocky cove. Peacocks and guinea fowl roam at will, whilst donkeys and Black Welsh Mountain sheep graze the Old Deer Park.
The Eden Project is an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location; a global garden, a place of beauty and wonder. Our world famous architecture and art draws inspiration from nature, our educational work is about creating a positive future in a world that is going to go through radical change, and we try to ensure everyone who visits Eden leaves knowing something more about their connection to the world.
GOLD MEDAL AWARD WINNING FLOWER GARDENS, VOTED BEST CREAM TEA IN DEVON, VOTED BEST TEA ROOM IN DEVON
To the east side of the house is the Millennium Garden, designed by Xa Tollemache, the Chelsea Gold medallist. The large herbaceous borders are edged with box and lavender and an illuminated “topiary” water sculpture was designed and built by Giles Rayner in 2002. From there the path takes you to the formal terraced lawns in front of the house where the eye is drawn across a small country road by a tree-lined avenue towards the Triumphal Arch built as an eye catcher.
Family Days Out
Quince Honey Farm
Here in our world famous Honey Farm you can stand and watch these wild and wonderful creatures from the distant past. The unique design of the indoor apiary allows close up viewing in complete safety. The glass booths expose the working colonies of honeybees without interfering with their natural lifestyle.
Paignton Zoo is home to thousands of amazing animals and plants. Visit the desert, cross the savannah, explore the forest and trek through the tropics. Use your senses to discover the wild world: look around, listen out – you’ll even need your sense of smell! It’s a great day out for everyone.
If you’re looking for fun days out and things to do in Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon, Devon’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster. Have a wild time in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses and slides built for adults and children. Kick back and watch our amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre.
Crealy Adventure Park
Days out in Devon don’t come any more exciting than Crealy. Come down to Exeter and join in all the fun. Explore our six huge Realms with huge all-weather indoor attractions for all the family plus extra acres of fun outdoors. The most exciting and exhilarating rides and racetracks – from rollercoaster to log flume, shot-and-drop to swingboat.
When you’re looking for things to do in Devon, The BIG Sheep is a great day out for the whole family. With so much to offer, everyone will enjoy their day out. As well as children’s activities there’s fun for adults too. There’s a brewery for dad, garden centre and sheepy shop for mum, and of course mum and dad can run wild in the indoor playground and outdoor laser guns area too!!
War Horse Valley Country Farm Park
Lose yourself in the idyllic landscapes, rich history and beauty of War Horse Valley. This beautiful hidden part of Devon boasts stunning scenery of rolling hills and valleys with Dartmoor as its magnificent backdrop. Why not explore War Horse Valley – its farming history, its people and its Wartime stories and of course the place where the story of Joey and Albert was born.