In our Croyde travel guide below you will find;

Our Personal Recommendations |    Our BEST Croyde Holiday Cottages  |     Interesting Things to Do in Croyde |     Croyde Shops  |     Where To Eat In Croyde  |    Dog Friendly Places to Visit in Croyde  |    Car Parking in Croyde  |    Croyde Facilities |    Croyde History | 


Explore our Croyde travel guide which is jam packed with ideas to help you plan your holiday in Croyde North Devon, then sit back and relax safe in the knowledge your holiday is prepared and all taken care of, ready for you to relax and enjoy when you arrive. If you forget to plan in advance, its not a problem as all of our self catering holiday cottages in Croyde  North Devon come supplied with leaflets and folders stacked full of useful information on Croyde events nearby and the latest Croyde news to help you maximise your holiday experience and never miss a thing. 

 All of our Croyde holiday cottages are within walking distance of Croyde Beach with its fantastic facilities.

Surfboard hire and Deckchair hire
lifeguards (April - Oct)
Disabled access to the beach
Car parking
Nearby local village shops (Walking distance)
Baggy Point National Trust with car park
Traditional Trust Tea Rooms

For a holiday home in Croyde with a difference take a look at Bridge Cottage which is located right in the heart of the village, our highlights for this property are that it has a bubbling hot tub Jacuzzi, log burner for cosy evenings and is styled with a modern twist whilst retaining its Characterful cottage heritage. Bridge Cottage in Croyde is one that guests fall in love with, the property is in demand and books quickly so grab it quick if this one is the one for you. 

For a holiday home with a spectacular unrivalled sea view that you can wake up to every morning and think 'OH WOW!'.... Then Stables in Croyde is the choice for you, Over looking the magical Croyde Bay this property feels the sea breeze from Croyde and has an incredible decking space with breathtaking views.

Always achieving fantastic reviews and providing guests with both home comforts and modern conveniences, Ladywell House in Croyde has a really stylish modern edge in design that blends beautifully with the quirky extras this large property features; A hot tub Jacuzzi, Games room with pool table, outdoor pizza oven and a children's TV lounge. This home is also adapted for wheelchair users and is dog friendly, so it is definitely a winner in our eyes. 

Discover our full selection of Croyde holiday cottages, whether you are searching for Croyde holiday lets that are homely and well equipped to provide comfort after a long day exploring the North Devon region or looking for Croyde holiday lets that are modern and stylish we have one to suit you.


We frequently get asked by guests for things to do in Croyde so, our top personal recommendations are as follows;

Try your hand at Surfing Croyde, it was bound to be at the very top of our list wasn't it! The vast majority of our guests book a holiday in Croyde to grab a surfboard and jump on a wave, even if you are a complete beginner and have never experienced surfing Croyde before we have some of the best surf schools in the region ready to take you in and teach you the ropes. 

Baggy Point overlooks Croyde with crashing waves and dramatic cliffs, this stunning coastal walk will take you along the South West Coastal Path to see North Devon like you never have done before. Its breathtaking scenery is not only one that will take your breathe away but also provides opportunities to surf, climb and coasteer. Why not grab a cream tea from National Trust Sandleigh Tea Rooms before or after your walk and make it extra special. 

Croyde for a small village offers a wide range of shops, we are often surprised when we come to list them at how much of a range the croyde shops cover. Croyde has a local village post office providing general convienence items, Surfing shops like Redwood surf shop and Saltrock clothing brand, an art gallery and craft centre which also stock beach items and The Old cream shop and tea garden which also stock pasties, gifts and local produce. 

With such a diverse variety you are sure to pick something up, or why not check out Croyde Village craft market which is held weekly in the summer for homewares and locally made items. 


Where To Eat In Croyde

The area prides itself on providing not only great service but fantastic selection of places to eat too, from small Bistros like Hobbs, family friendly pubs like the Manor to larger restaurants such as The Blue Grove. Croyde has plentiful selection for such a small village, including an Ice cream parlour in the summer months. To do them justice we felt a separate page on our website just to highlight them all would be helpful for guests searching for where to eat in Croyde.


Croyde deckchair cinema hosts film evenings from the Croyde village hall, this is not your average cinema this is a Croyde deckchair cinema, enjoy this unusual and quirky twist on your typical Odeon you are sure to have a lot of family fun here. Behind the Croyde village hall is a play park for the children to burn off some steam with a variety of equipment and toilets are nearby. 

Croyde Ruda holiday park has amusement arcades if you are looking to win some prizes with the kids, or looking for some shelter from the odd showers....lets be honest it is the UK and we are not always blessed with sunshine like Spain. Day passes are also available at Croyde Ruda holiday park at certain times of the year, subject to park numbers for use of the swimming pool and on site facilities. 

May Cottage Tea Rooms is in the heart of Croyde with a fresh selection of yummy cakes and freshly made savouries, Situated in one of the traditional thatched cottages in Croyde this really brings you back to the natural heritage that we all know and love about Croyde.

Visit Croyde village in June and experience Oceanfest music festival, taking place every year for a full weekends entertainment. Croyde festival welcomes surfers and families to get involved with live music, entertainment, local food produce and surfing compeitions. Croyde festival Goldcoast, has welcomed many different acts over the years and we are sure they will keep providing entertainment for years to come. 

Both Downend car park and Croyde village hall have toilet facilities with disabled access and baby changing cubicles. 


Croyde History

Croyde village takes its name from a Viking raider who settled in the area around 794 and went on to become Croyde's ruler, the Viking raider was called CRYDDA which evolved into the village of Croyde as we know today. Cride is Celtic for stream or river which as you know runs through the village of Croyde itself.  Croyde is believed to be from the pre Saxon era settlement and it is evident when you take a close look at the older parts of the village. 

Dogs are permitted on Croyde beach in certain months (October - Easter) but there are plenty of other ways to exercise your dog while on holiday in Croyde. Baggy Point with its breathtaking clifftop walk, you can even trek as far as Putsborough if your feeling very adventurous or why not head towards dog friendly Saunton beach on the coastal path and countryside road. 

If you are searching for a dog friendly pub to sneak off to instead of that walk, then The Thatch, Billy Buds or The Manor are the places for you. All serving freshly prepared food and local ales these are sure to tick all of the boxes. 


Car Parking in Croyde 

If you are planning to spend a day at Croyde beach, Downend car park is the spot for you as it is the closest car park to the beach, Just cross the road and your there, what could be simpler. If your wanting to spend more time in the village then there is on street parking in the centre of the village or the main village car park is behind the Croyde village hall or perhaps you are undertaking that Baggy Point walk we mentioned earlier, there is the National Trust car park very close to the start of the walk.