Family attractions in North Devon

When searching for a holiday you need to be sure that the area you chose has enough activities to keep the family fully entertained during your stay, family attractions in North Devon offers a healthy variety of things to do guaranteed to satisfy all age groups. It's easy to see why the area has become no.1 for its wide variety of family attractions in North Devon and continues to attract visitors year after year.

For families holidaying with children there are many toddler attractions close to the accommodation we provide, choose from one of the various soft play theme parks or how about getting close and personal with cute cuddly animals at one of the fun farm family attractions in North Devon. We are lucky to have lots of top Devon family attractions and a choice of theme parks like The Milky Way adventure park with exhilarating rides, slides and activities designed to excite every age group or the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park where the children can discover real size Dinosaurs, learn about culture of that time period and even have the opportunity to swim with sea lions. 

Family attractions in North Devon  that offer a more sedate attitude visit an aquarium, zoo, sculpture parks or enjoy one of the regions exotic gardens. For learning experiences North Devon will not fail as there's a fascinating range of heritage attractions to visit including medieval castles, historic houses and railways. 


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Tunnel beach - Ilfracombe

Tunnels Beaches lies within a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of a Voluntary Marine Conservation area. Tunnel beach follows the history of how the tunnels and unique coves were created.


The Gnome reserve

 - Home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, ready to welcome you to their delightful beech wood, complete with babbling brook. Wild Flower Garden where around 250 different species of wild flowers, herbs and grasses grow. Gnome hats are loaned free of charge together with fishing rods. Take your cameras and embarrass the family for some truly memorable photos for the family album!

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Glen Lyn Gorge

- you should not miss a visit to this spectacular gorge, through which poured the waters of the 1952 Lymouth Flood Disaster. There are lovely woodland walks by the waterfalls and well made paths climb this beautiful unspoilt valley. Ideal spot to bring a picnic and sit beside the river. Also Power of Water exhibition showing how some of the water from West Lyn River now produces environmentally friendly hydro-electricity. Children can operate the giant waterwheels and water cannons. Collections of steam engines and water operated models.

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Museum of British Surfing - Braunton


The Museum of British Surfing - built by you, the British surfer! Showcasing surfboards through the ages, Learn how surfing originally came to be.

flexible and innovative museum - each year you'll see a new themed exhibition at our venue which will then go on tour around the UK.  Alongside this we're planning smaller outreach displays and regular events at The Yard and other locations in North Devon, featuring music, film, art and culture.

There will a special focus on young people and those who might never have been to the coast - we hope to take the beach and our collection 'on the road'!  Look out for our special beach days, and surfing & skateboarding events.

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Tarka Pottery - Torrington

TARKA POTTERY is North Devon's most exciting and inspiring clay experience studio. Located in beautiful countryside with stunning views, you can paint or potter to your hearts content. Our popular Potter's Wheel Experience is great fun and a novel gift idea for all ages. We love to capture hand and foot prints on pottery and offer entertaining parties, workshops and classes for all ages.







Mullacott Quad Biking- Ilfracombe

Each quad trek is uniquely styled to your own groups ability - we have plenty of land to play with, which include mature woodlands, water, fields, mounds and mud slides.

Our experienced instructors at Mullacott Quads North Devon are always assessing your ability to ensure that you are safe, achieving your potential and most importantly......having an awesome time!

"The best fun to be had on four wheels !!"


Mullacott Equestrian Centre

 - Whether its a fast gallop across the beach or a confidence giving lesson or hack around our farm, whatever your riding experience, come and enjoy yourself at Mullacott. Beach rides, Cream tea rides and Exmoor rides.




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Roylands riding stables - Croyde

- Roylands riding stables are a family run riding stables, established 20 years ago, open all year for hacking, tuition, livery and holidays. BHS approved and qualified friendly staff. Enjoy hacks around the surrounding area and soak up the breath taking views of the sea and coastline. Roylands are fortunate to be able to ride along Putsborough beach.



Lets go superbowl - Barnstaple

- Ten-pin bowling with fully automated scoring.Ice Skating rink, Game Zone (jet-ski simulator, Sega races, Air Hockey, shooting screens, gaming machines and pool tables). (laser adventure in the Alien Wasteland). Bar and Diner (hot food all day). Let's Go Superbowl Barnstaple.


The Milky Way adventure park - Higher Clovelly

- The Milky Way theme park is the biggest all weather, family day out in North Devon! There are so many things to do plus ALL the rides are included in the entrance fee! Your adventure awaits... are you ready?


The Big Sheep - Bideford

- Watch 'Red Ram' in the famous sheep races plus Ewe-topia indoor playzone for kids, The Big Sheep Brewery for Mums and Dads, Horse Whispering Shows and Duck Trialling.

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Watermouth Castle - Ilfracombe

- Mechanical music demonstrations, model railway, domestic dairy, cider-making exhibits, cycle museum, smugglers' dungeon and gardens. Children's animations. 'Merry-go-land'.


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Ilfracombe Aquarium - Ilfracombe

- This exciting, award winning, all weather educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world around North Devon. The aquarium houses a diverse collection of local aquatic life in beautifully recreated natural habitats.

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Wildlife and Dinosaur park - Combe Martin

- Watch the awesome lions, wolves and Dinosaurs. Catch the otters feeding, monkeys playing and penguins swimming. Have a close encounter with a lemur or a meercat. Feed a wallaby! Watch a falconry display, take part in the amazing sea lion show or experience our exhilarating train ride.


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The Alpaca Park - Beaworthy

- The Alpaca Park in stunning Devon countryside offers a tranquil, uplifting experience for all age groups. The 100 acres are lovingly tended to encourage a peaceful, easy pace of life for its Alpaca, wildlife and visitors.

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Wildlife Cruises - Ilfracombe

- Spectacular wildlife and coastal cruises aboard one of the most technologically advanced passenger vessels in the UK. Frequent sights of seals, porpoises and dolphins. Come and enjoy one of the most dramatic coastal landscapes in England!

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Exmoor Zoological Park

- Twelve acres of landscaped gardens with tropical and exotic birds, animals, waterfowl and penguins. Covered picnic area and playground. A unique zoo, combining a relaxed and informal atmosphere with many of the birds and animals at liberty within the grounds. This is complemented by the picturesque views and maintained gardens, combining both endangered and domestic animals and birds in one location. A charming visit, with something for everyone.

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North Devon Farm Park

- Discover a beautiful location with lots to do for the whole family. Encounter our variety of rare and native breed farm animals including our Golden Guernsey goats and Mangalitza (woolly) pigs.

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Quince honey farm - South Molton

Beeworld is 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 without needing protective equipment. 18 observation hives are on display, many of which can be opened by you the visitor..

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Devon Halk Walks - South Molton

- Visitors of all ages are offered the opportunity to experience at first hand the thrill of falconry in North Devon.

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Darlington Crystal -

-Watch carefully as our craftsmen work together to transform hot molten crystal into elegant shapes, perfecting an art 3000 years in the making!

Take home a reminder of your visit. Both adults and children can get involved in the hands-on Glass Art Activities Area. Our Crystal Shop has an extensive range of superb Dartington Crystal made just a few feet away.


Arlington Court - Nr Barnstaple

- This intriguing and intimate house is crowded with a lifetime of treasures amassed by the well-travelled Miss Rosalie Chichester, including model ships, costumes, pewter and exotic shells. In the 'bat cave' you can watch Devon's largest colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats, and in the stables is one of the finest collections of carriages and horse-drawn vehicles in the country.



- Clovelly's ancient Devon heritage is enriched by its own unique ingredients of traffic free cobbled streets, donkeys and sledges, and flower-strewn cottages tumbling down a 400 foot cliff. It lingers in the past, with a quality and peace of life that brings visitors of all nationalities to marvel at and enjoy its beauty and tranquillity. There is much to see and do. The visitor Centre has a range of shops and a café, and the audio-visual theatre shows the intriguing history of Clovelly. Nearby is Clovelly Court with its restored Victorian greenhouses and kitchen garden.

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Lynton and Lynmouth Railway -

- Devon's unique Tourist Attraction A unique Victorian Water Powered Lift, giving access to spectacular cliff top walks. The Cliff Railway joins the village of Lynton to its sister village of Lynmouth, 900ft below. Only a short walk from the beautiful beach at Watersmeet and close to the attractive fishing harbour, shops restaurants and cafés.