Family attractions in North Devon

When searching for a holiday destination you need to be sure that the area you chose has plenty of activities to help keep the family fully entertained, There are plenty of things to do in North Devon including a wide variety of fun filled outdoor family attractions and indoor attractions that are guaranteed to satisfy all age groups, it's easy to see why North Devon has become the no.1 escape for a family holiday.

For families with toddlers there is a wide range of attractions close to the accommodation we provide, many of the indoor attractions for North Devon provide soft play such as Funderzone indoor play centre in Barnstaple, if cuddly animals are your toddlers thing be sure to check out one of the fun farm family attractions in North Devon like the Big Sheep in Bideford, pack a picnic and make a day of it as there is so much do explore a few hours just aren't enough. 

For families with older children we have lots of top rated theme parks in North Devon such as; The Milky Way adventure theme park with exhilarating rides, slides and activities  designed to excite even the moodiest of teenagers in the group or how about The wildlife and Dinosaur Park at Combe Martin which is a magical place set within a picturesque valley where children can discover life sized animatronic dinosaurs, learn about the history of a lost world, get up close and personal with the wide range of animals and even have the opportunity to swim with sea lions. 

If your looking for things to do in North Devon that are more sedate try a visit to Ilfracombe aquarium, Exmoor Zoo, Broomhill sculpture gardens or enjoy one of the regions beautiful gardens or parks, we have ample to choose from to include Rosemoor gardens, Bicclescombe park and Marwood to name just a few. 

Learning experiences are a great thing to do in North Devon and often one that is over looked when searching for family attractions, North Devon has a fascinating  range of heritage attractions to visit and all situated close to the holiday cottages we provide, explore old medieval castles, attractive harbour villages like Clovelly, hidden railways and historical houses such as Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum. 

In our opinion the best cottages for those who like to explore are Church Cottage and Cloudbreak Cottage, both of these well appointed properties are perfectly positioned centrally in North Devon, the benefits of which are that they provide a short travelling distance to the list of attractions you plan on visiting. 



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? Recomended as one of the best North Devon theme parks !


The Big Sheep - North Devon Theme Park - 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 Theme Park - Ilfracombe

- Mechanical music demonstrations, model railway, domestic dairy, cider-making exhibits, cycle museum, smugglers' dungeon and gardens. Children's animations. 'Merry-go-land'. Old fashioned fun and laugh style theme park for North Devon, suitable for all ages. 


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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.

A lot of childhood memories can be found at the Dinosaur park and is perhaps one of North Devon Theme Parks most visited attraction. 


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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. 


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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.


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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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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.