Things to do and local attractions around Bideford and North Devon

The Royal Hotel is in the perfect location for a some of North Devon's best sights and activities.

We are literally on the Tarka Trail making us the perfect location for walkers and cyclists or take a short walk over the bridge into Bideford to catch the MS Oldenburg to explore the National Trust's unspoilt Lundy Island. 

Exclusive Guest Discount Card

To help you make the most of your stay with us, we have arranged exclusive discounts for you with many of our top local attractions, saving you money on fabulous days out in North Devon. To find out more, click here.

Barnstaple Leisure Club

Barnstaple Leisure Club

Our guests can enjoy these facilities free of charge. This is the premier club in North Devon and is situated at our sister hotel, The Barnstaple.

The Ultimate Adventure Centre

The Ultimate Adventure Centre

Based at Abbotsham, near Bideford, this centre offers a host of exciting activities, including coasteering, mountain boarding, high ropes and climbing wall.

Click here to find out more.

Barnstaple Pannier Market

Barnstaple Pannier Market

The Market trades every day of the week on butchers row and hosts regular food festivals. A great place to browse for local produce.

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The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail

The famous Tarka Trail cycle path runs right by the Royal Hotel. This is a fabulous way to experience the gorgeous North Devon countryside.

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Bowling

Bowling

The Royal Hotel is conveniently located for many local bowls clubs including Bideford Bowling Club, Bideford Victoria Park Bowls Club, Torrington Bowling Club, South Molton Bowling Club, and Kingsley Indoor Bowls Club at Westward Ho!

Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre

Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre

Try an amazing range of sports delivered by trained staff. Activities include climbing, zip wire, archery, surfing, bodyboarding, and kayaking.

Click here to find out more.

Blakewell Fisheries at Muddiford

Blakewell Fisheries at Muddiford

Devon's premier fly fishing venue, with lakes stretching over five acres. There is also a great range of activities for youngsters.

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Tarka Tennis

Tarka Tennis

There are 6 indoor courts and 4 outdoor courts at this ‘Pay and Play’ tennis centre in nearby Barnstaple.

Click here to find out more.

The Milky Way Adventure Park

The Milky Way Adventure Park

10% off entry fee or £2 off per person

The Milky Way in North Devon is an all-weather theme park full of thrilling rides and other great family attractions. Fill a day here with interactive rides, outdoor play, indoor drop slides and ball pools, a famous bird of prey display and general fun for the whole family. 

Go to the Milky Way website for more info

Watermouth Castle, near Ilfracombe

Watermouth Castle, near Ilfracombe

20% off entry fee

On the outside, this is a Victorian Castle. But behind the walls lie a family theme park with rides, a maze, dungeons, play areas and beautifully landscaped gardens. Little ones will enjoy the castle treasure, the water show and the toboggan run whilst adults will enjoy learning about the history of the castle and will secretly love the rides too! 

The Watermouth Castle website has full details

The Big Sheep

The Big Sheep

One free child per two paying adults 

Ewe will love this family day out, with live shows, farmyard animals, rides and entertainment. From tractor driving to feeding the baby animals, there's a little bit of everything to keep children and adults amused. Make the most of the sheep racing, duck herding, shearing displays and donkey rides. All between playing in the indoor and outdoor play areas. You'd be BAAArmy to miss it. 

Learn more via The Big Sheep website

Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet

Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet

Fantastic shopping with over 30 stores from famous national brands, offering a fantastic variety of offers on normal retail prices. Clothes, food and drink, children's play area and regular events - what more could you want from a shopping trip? Open seven days a week.

Click here to find out more

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor adventures provides a range of award winning outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building, archery, stand-up paddle boarding, tree climbing, orienteering and team building activities across north devon, west somerset, exmoor and the quantock hills.

Click here to find out more

Haynes Motor Museum

Haynes Motor Museum

Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford near Yeovil in Somerset, England, contains over 400 cars and motorcycles and a collection of other automobilia.

Click here to find out more

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

10% off entry fee

Discover African lions, wolves, sea lions, penguins, meerkats, monkeys, wallabies and many more animals alongside spectacular dinosaur models at the wildlife park that comes with an extra roar! This is a family-friendly attraction for all ages with places to eat, play, meet cute animals and enjoy keeper talks. 

Visit their website for all the details 

Lundy Island

Lundy Island

In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure. Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland, with more sunshine and less rain. Book a day trip on the MS Oldenburg to Lundy from Bideford quay.

Click here to find out more

Hartland Abbey & gardens

Hartland Abbey & gardens

10% off entry fee

Hartland Abbey has beautiful gardens and grounds and it welcomes visitors into the stately home from the end of March until October. It's the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. Visit to see the house and gardens, then fall in love with the family attraction and the regular events. 

The Hartland Abbey website provides more detail

Crealy Adventure Park & Resort

Crealy Adventure Park & Resort

 Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park is an award winning family attraction located just minutes from junction 30 of the M5 near Exeter. The Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside.

Click here to find out more

Castle Hill

Castle Hill

Castle Hill house and gardens are steeped in history and are, and have been for centuries, a home to the Fortescue family. Today it is loved and cherished by the Earl and Countess of Arran and is a wonderful visitor attraction. Visit castle hill’s open gardens and stay to enjoy refreshments at their new tearoom.

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Clovelly

Clovelly

World famous for its cobbled, traffic-free street, donkeys, sledges and historic harbour. The stunning views, peaceful tranquility and cobbled, traffic-free, high street of this 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.

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Rosemoor Gardens

Rosemoor Gardens

£8 entry instead of £12.65

At Rosemoor gardens, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley. The gardens are home to plants from around the world. Events take place through the year, there's lots of shopping to be done and children's activities keep little green-fingers amused. We look more at what Rosemoor offers in this news piece.

Or visit their website 

Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

Watch the highly skilled craftsmen shape beautiful crystal perfecting an art form 3 000 years in the making. The tour of the glass factory allows visitors to get really close in complete safety on elevated viewing galleries.

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Ilfracombe Aquarium

Ilfracombe Aquarium

This exciting award winning, all weather, fun, educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world of North Devon... The aquarium offers Local Aquatic Exhibits and showcases a diverse collection of animals displayed within beautifully recreated natural habitats.

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Quince Honey Farm

Quince Honey Farm

25% off entry fee

Guests can take a guided tour around the interesting displays and exhibits, learn fun facts about the honeybee and take a closer look inside the working hives. Nowhere else can you get so close to working bees without needing protective equipment! Other inviting aspects include The Happy Bee play hive indoor soft play area, a café offering special Devonshire cream tea with honey plus an outdoor play and seating area for when the sun is shining.

Quince Honey Farm website has further details

Funderzone

Funderzone

There are tubes slides, bumpy slides, crawl tubes, ball cannons, rope bridges, spider webs, dangly snakes, gliders, scramble nets, ball pools, log ramps, punch bags, edu blocks and so much more including a specially dedicated area for the under 3’s to enjoy. Even the grown ups can join in the fun as the play frame is designed for adults to enjoy to.

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Tapeley Park

Tapeley Park

2 for 1 entry price

Tapeley is a historic estate situated between Bideford and Instow in North Devon. It has Italian terrace borders, a traditional walled Kitchen Garden, a lake with massive Thuja Plicata trees and a Granite Labyrinth. As a weekly bonus, there are Falconry Displays each Sunday at 11:30am and 3:30pm, weather permitting. On the grounds you may spot Highland Cattle, Peacocks and Berkshire Pigs. There's also a children's play area 'hidden' in the Wild Garden. 

Visit their page for everything you need to know

Arlington Court

Arlington Court

An intimate and fascinating Regency house set in an extensive estate. Full of collections for every taste. Arlington's grounds include a formal Victorian garden, a restored walled kitchen garden and acres of informal grounds featuring spectacular spring bulbs and year round colour. Site is also home to the National Trust Carriage Museum, boasting over 45 carriages for every occassion.

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Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

Where art and culture meet in magical surroundings. Broomhill lies in one of the most glorious valleys in N.Devon, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. Over the years the gardens have organically grown into one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary sculpture in the south west of England. 

Click here to find out more

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo

15% off entry fee

A friendly, small but award-winning zoo with a focus on education and conservation. This is the home of the "Exmoor Beast" or a black leopard. Other animals found in the grounds include wolves, cheetas, singing dogs, a wide range of cats, monkeys and lemurs, birds, otters and much more. The best to enjoy the day is to follow the show programme to hear the keeper talks about the animals and to see them being fed. Perhaps you'll be brave enough to hold a snake, bug or spider too? 

Visit the Exmoor Zoo website to learn more 

Air Extreme

Air Extreme

15% discount off Extreme Jump Sessions

Air Extreme, in Barnstaple, is a trampoline filled centre of fun, where guests can bounce, bounce and bounce some more. 

Extreme Jump Sessions include the use of all 8 adrenaline activities, such as the Battle Beam, Performance Trampolines, Free Style, Dodgeball and Airball - so there's something for all the family. 

By booking a set session in advance, you get your own time on the trampoline, for as much space and fun as possible. Speak to our reception teams to claim the discount. 

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