There are plenty of things to do on a North Devon break

If you're looking for a South West escape, Bideford is brilliantly located. Situated in the heart of North Devon, you're just a stone's throw away from some of the area's spectacular beaches, as well as just a couple of miles away from nearby Barnstaple. However, it's Bideford's proximity to neighbouring county Cornwall that makes it a unique destination, perfect for exploring.

Thanks to its location, there's no shortage of things to see and do. From family-friendly attractions such as The Big Sheep and The Milky Way to fishing lakes and bowling greens, the choice is yours!

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 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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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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Air Extreme

Air Extreme

10% off when you stay with us

Air extreme offers you a wide range of bouncing activities! Go and have fun in their massive indoor trampoline park in Barnstaple, North Devon, filled wall to wall with trampolines and much more. They advise customers to book online in advance to ensure you don't miss out. 

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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, a children's play area and regular events - what more could you want from a shopping trip? Open seven days a week.

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Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

10% off sculpture park entry when you stay with us

A sanctuary for fine arts with a collection of 200 contemporary sculptures, all set in a glorious 103-acre estate with a wooded valley.

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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!

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 tranquillity 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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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

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. 

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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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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.

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Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo

15% off entry when you stay with us

An enjoyable day trip for all ages, the zoos treats visitors to a close-up view within excellent animal exhibits. The closest local zoos are Exmoor Zoo, which is home to the only pair of black leopards (or Exmoor beasts if you believe the legends) on exhibit in the UK, and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, a prehistoric park that features a variety of exotic animals alongside plenty of dinosaur animatronics.

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Hartland Abbey & gardens

Hartland Abbey & gardens

10% off when you stay with us

A day out at Hartland Abbey, a stately home and popular film location in a stunning valley a mile from Hartland Quay on the N W Devon coast, is to step back in time. The award-winning house, with its fascinating interiors and decoration, beautiful woodland walks, walled gardens and parkland, has been in the same family ownership for generations and provides a warm welcome to visitors.

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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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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.

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Lynton and Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth

The famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway is the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world! The Cliff Railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth providing stunning coastal views that will be the highlight of any visit. 

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North Devon Wake Park

North Devon Wake Park

Located in the stunning landscape of North Devon and only 10 minutes away from the coast, North Devon Wake Park boasts the best of both worlds. The WakePark has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages which include wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, slacklining and their unique aquapark. 

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Quince Honey Farm

Quince Honey Farm

The all-new Quince Honey Farm in South Molton is just ‘bee-autiful’! Take a guided tour around the interesting displays and exhibits and learn fun facts about the honeybee before you take a closer look inside the working hives. Nowhere in the world can you get so close to living bees without needing protective equipment! The Play Hive adventure park is where you’ll find Critter Encounters and the large indoor soft play area. There is also an outdoor play and seating area for when the sun is shining.

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RHS Rosemoor Gardens

RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Receive £8 entry instead of £12.65 when you stay with us

At Rosemoor Gardens, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley. Around every corner, there's a lovely surprise. 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.

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Scott Cinemas

Scott Cinemas

Only a short drive from The Royal Hotel, Scott cinemas has 4 screens showing today's best blockbusters.

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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.

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Tapeley Park

Tapeley Park

2 for 1 entry when you stay with us

Tapeley Park situated between Instow and Bideford is one of North Devon’s best-kept secrets. Take in the magnificent views over the Torridge Estuary to the sea beyond. Their grounds are renowned for their beautiful gardens, especially the Italian terraces where visitors can sit back and relax and make the most of the peace and tranquillity.

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Tarka Pottery

Tarka Pottery

10% off when you stay with us

Tarka Pottery is a pottery painting studio offering an exciting range of fun creative activities for kids, teens and adults alike! It's a great chance to get creative and relax in the pottery studio where plenty of help is on hand. You can choose from making a bowl on the potter’s wheel, painting a pot or joining a clay workshop or pottery class.

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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 Barnstaple.

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The Big Sheep

The Big Sheep

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. 

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The Milky Way Adventure Park

The Milky Way Adventure Park

Receive 10% off entry when you stay with us [term time only]

An all-weather theme park with something for everyone. From the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, gravity rider donut slide, maze, fantastic outdoor displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre, Droid Destroyer Dodgems, and the Milky Way Railway - we can guarantee you won't be bored when spending a day here.

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The Queens Theatre

The Queens Theatre

At The Queens Theatre in Barnstaple, there is something for everyone, whether that’s a play, musical, ballet, opera, band or comedian. It’s fun and exciting, which makes it a fabulous venue to bring somebody you want to impress.

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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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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.

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Walking on Waves

Walking on Waves

10% discount on all lessons

First Wave sessions are designed to get you off the beach, in the water, and having fun as quickly as possible. We meet up, get to know each other and jump into our “guaranteed to keep you warm” winter wetsuits. It’s only 100m to the beach (although if the tide’s out it can be a bit further to the sea) where we’ll go through the safety drill and give you a chance to practice before we get wet. Then it’s off to the sea to get some real experience with the help of the Walking-on-waves team.

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Watermouth Castle

Watermouth Castle

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! 

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World of Wonder

World of Wonder

A fantastic new indoor soft play centre at Affinity Devon. Boasting slides, ball pits and dizzy discs, little ones will love running wild for a couple of hours here. 

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Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Bideford boasts a lovely park with a paddling pool, a children's play area and a skatepark. Plus, the ample seating makes it a great location to soak up some sun!

Appledore

Appledore

Take a trip to Appledore,  a small fishing village in North Devon, during your stay at The Park Hotel. The harbour, once filled with traditional fishing vessels, now shares its space with beautiful yachts offering trips to visitors up and down the estuary. A leisurely walk through the village will reveal rows of brightly painted fisherman's cottages stacked together along narrow streets and courtyards.

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho!

Westward Ho! is a Victorian coastal town, with over two miles of golden sand that has the prestigious Blue Flag award for facilities and water quality plus places to eat, things to do, great shops, amazing walks and wonderful nature. 

 

Becky Falls

Becky Falls

10% off when you stay with us

No visit to Devon would be complete without a visit to Dartmoor's iconic landmark. Come and breathe some of the purest air in England, explore 50 acres of stunning woodlands and enjoy a very, very warm welcome!

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Easiglide Segway Experience

Easiglide Segway Experience

10% off when you stay with us

EasiGlide offers Segway tours around North Devon and other areas of the South West. Rolling hills, ocean views, muddy fields, sand dunes as well as plenty of obstacle courses and games provide the ultimate thrill of riding a Segway.

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H20 Outdoor

H20 Outdoor

10% off when you stay with us

H20 Outdoor specialise in providing unforgettable experiences by combining high-quality activities with the outstanding natural beauty of this area. Coasteering, Kayaking, Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Wild Swimming are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed with them either on a single session basis or combined to form an exhilarating adventure package. 

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Keypitts Activity Centre

Keypitts Activity Centre

10% off when you stay with us

A fantastic activity centre near Ilfracombe, offering Quad Biking, Axe Throwing and 4×4 Land Rover Experience. 

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Stuart Line Cruises

Stuart Line Cruises

10% off when you stay with us

Ensure you don’t miss out on one of Devon's top things to do and take a trip with Stuart Line Cruises. Sailing all year round, you can set sail and explore the rich wildlife and breathtaking views of the River Exe or set sail back 250 million years exploring the Jurassic Coast Line.

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OSKC Water Sports

OSKC Water Sports

10% off when you stay with us

Watersports centre in Combe Martin offering all types of kayak and stand up paddle board activities including hire and guided kayak tours.

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Croyde Bay Surf Hire

Croyde Bay Surf Hire

10% off surfboards, paddleboards & bodyboard hire when you stay with us

Your choice of surf equipment next to world-class waves at Croyde Bay. Croyde Bay Surf Hire stocks a selection of surfboards, bodyboards and stand up paddle boards for all levels of surfer, from first-timers to seasoned pros and will even deliver equipment straight to you. 

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