26th March 2019

Must See in North Devon

A small collection of must-see places to visit and things to do during your stay with us here in Bideford, North Devon. 

Fill your breaks by visiting these 5 places, then relax back at our hotel knowing we'll take care of you with our dining options

Westward Ho!

Named after Charles Kingsley novel, Westward Ho! (until very recently, the only place name with an exclamation mark in its name) is a seafront town with a sandy beach, busy arcades and a perfect attraction no matter what the weather is like.

Days can be spent walking along the coast, strolling across the beach, sitting in a cafe enjoying the views, or playing the slots in the family amusements. 

The town is also home to the oldest golf club in England if you fancy a game: The Royal North Devon Golf Club.   

Clovelly Village

Stunning views, peaceful tranquillity and a cobbled, traffic-free, high street. This fishing village, built into a cleft in a 400 feet high cliff, tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port.

Coastal villages don’t come any more picturesque than Clovelly. It oozes charm as the higgledy-piggledy cottages open up to reveal the stunning views and turquoise ocean. 

Donkeys still live and thrive in the stables, making an appearance in the village during good weather. It’s a snapshot of a bygone era when they used to transport items through the village.

Timeless, picturesque and quintessentially Devon, you’ll want to pause every now and again to remember this completely unique place.


Where the Taw and Torridge rivers meet, sits the delightful quayside village of Appledore.

This quaint fisherman village boasts a small but great range of shops, pubs, and art galleries.

Famous for its brightly coloured Irsha Street, there are hidden treats and snippets into its past all around the village. Spend time walking along the quay and enjoy a famous Hockings ice cream too. 

Tarka Trail

This famous cycle path runs right by the Royal Hotel. It's a fabulous way to experience the gorgeous North Devon countryside.

A stroll along the Tarka Trail is guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs. The flat and paved path travels through North Devon, and by straying outwards you'll see a snippet of nature and wildlife the River Torridge has to offer.

If you should fancy it, hiring a bike is a wonderful way to cover more ground quickly. Bideford Bike Hire Shop, offering half day or all day hire, can provide wheels.  

RHS Rosemoor

Home to colourful flowers, exciting gardens and beautiful scenery, RHS Rosemoor is just a short car journey from Bideford.

Not only do we have exclusive entry rates for our guests, but it is also sure to be a family day out to remember. 

See our full guide to RHS Gardens Rosemoor here