Local attractions surrounding the Durrant House Hotel, Bideford, North Devon

Local Attractions

Things to do in North Devon!

To help plan your visit to the local area, we have listed some of the local attractions below.


The Big Sheep

Receive a 25% discount to the Big Sheep Family Attraction when booking with us direct. 

Beautiful family rooms available with children under 12 half price when sharing with 2 full paying adults.

The Big Sheep is an amusement farm park located in Abbotsham, Devon, England. Before The Big Sheep was an amusement park it was known as Barton Farm, a busy sheep farm owned by six generations of the same family.


Milky Way Adventure Park

Don’t miss out on North Devon’s top award winning family day out! It’s all weather mix of fun, rollercoasters, soft play, shows and education makes it a must for your holiday. There’s something for everyone from the innovative Little Stars play area designed just for babies to six years to the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster and spectacular bird of prey displays.


RHS Garden Rosemoor

If you're looking for a great family day out come along to RHS Rosemoor. More than a garden, Rosemoor is a unique place that people of all ages return to time and again for ideas, inspiration or simply to enjoy a fun family day out. Spanning 65 acres Rosemoor is set in the beautiful Torridge Valley.

There is something for everyone to enjoy from the stunning gardens (including Lady Anne's original garden the arboretum and the cottage garden) to the Woodland Walks which offer interesting glimpses of local wildlife and wild flowers. We also have 'The Brash' - a family friendly picnic and activity area in the woods - a range of seasonal Children's Trails and lots of exciting activities for the whole family.


Pebble Ridge Adventure Golf & Go-Karts

Located right next to the beach, Pebble Ridge Adventure Golf and Go-Karting entertains holiday-makers and locals with adventure games such as mini golf and go-karting. Kids can ride the electric motorcycles or shoot the fire hoses while parents watch from the picnic table sidelines and enjoy a refreshment from the on-site cafe.


Royal North Devon Golf Club

Royal North Devon at Westward Ho! can rightly claim to be the cradle of English Golf. Founded in 1864, it is the oldest golf course in the country and is regarded as the St Andrews of the South. The golf course is as tough as any of the UK’s more famous links layouts and has recently been placed in  Golf World 's "Top 100 Courses in the World" that a golfer “must play”.

Not only is Royal North Devon a great course, it is also a place of huge historical importance. Inside the warmly welcoming clubhouse, the golf museum,  honours boards and the clubs top competition trophies are worth a visit on their own and help to tell the story of the game and this remarkable club’s unique place in it.


Dartington Crystal

As the UK's only remaining glass factory a visit to Dartington Crystal is a unique and fascinating experience for all. Discover our story and development in the exhibition centre and watch our skilled glass makers in action on the factory floor. Get creative with a range of glass activities and of course there's great factory shopping and our relaxing cafe and restaurant.


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.

The particular character of Lundy derives from its varied terrain; on the west side, exposed to the Atlantic, there are high and rugged cliffs, on the east, sheltered from the prevailing wind, the coastline is gentler with grassy slopes, trees and many types of wild flowers. This contrast explains the rich diversity of the island's animal and plant life and its attraction to walkers, climbers and divers.

People return time and again to the simple pleasures that Lundy affords; the sea is clear, the landscape spectacular, and at night, without competition from street lights, it is truly dark and the stars shine with unfamiliar brilliance.


Hartland Abbey & Gardens

2016 Gold Award Winner North Devon Journal ‘Best Country House and/or Garden in North Devon’

Hartland Abbey with its beautiful gardens and grounds welcomes visitors from the end of March until October. It is the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. The beautiful 18thC Walled and Woodland gardens, the walks and the parkland provide visitors with extensive grounds through which to wander and enjoy the stunning valley leading down to the rugged Atlantic cove and cottage at Blackpool Mill, the location for many notable films. The BBC adaptation by Andrew Davies of ‘Sense and Sensibility’, German ZDF’s production of the Rosamund Pilcher novel, ‘The Shell Seekers’ ,(Die Muschelsucher), the major BBC drama production, ‘The Night Manager’ starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman and ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society‘(2017) with Lily James have all been filmed here recently.  BBC Antiques Roadshow was filmed here in 2012. Coach parties are very welcome.

Children enjoy the freedom to explore the open spaces and winding paths and love meeting our donkeys Becky and Snowdrop, the wandering peacocks and our flock of black Welsh Mountain sheep. The Quiz and the Nature Trail are great ways to keep children amused!


Atlantic Village

Atlantic Village is North Devon’s unique outlet shopping village. With over 30 stores offering up to 50% off rrp every day including Nike, M&S and GAP you’ll find a huge choice of famous name brands at incredible discounts and you’ll be sure to pick up a bargain. We offer free parking, free Wi-Fi and are open every day with late night shopping every Thursday until 8pm. We are also the home to Atlantis Adventure park, an all-weather attraction for the family.

We’ve got a fantastic range of branded men’s, ladies’ and children’s fashion, footwear and accessories. For outdoor and sport lovers there are lots of bargains to choose from in surf, sport, walking and snow apparel. Spot a real deal on camping equipment and outdoor accessories and bag a fantastic outlet offer on gifts, books, jewellery, homewares and cookware, luggage and bags. And for that special treat, chocolate and confectionery to vitamins healthy snacks and feel good foods – you’ll find something for all the family at amazingly low prices, making our attractive covered mall a haven for bargain lovers.


Atlantis Adventure Park

Dive into the sea and discover the lost city of Atlantis. Take your little ones to Atlantis Adventure Park and uncover the secrets of the deep.

This is a theme park that is perfect for younger children who aren’t quite ready for raging rollercoasters. Send your little explorers to the Kids Cove Soft Play where they’ll find slides, ball pools and a bouncy castle. They’ll also get the chance to chug along on the Nemo Train and whizz around on the Flipper Dolphin Ride.


The Ulitmate Adventure Centre

The Ultimate Adventure Centre offers the most comprehensive range of outdoor activities available in North Devon, with an Ultimate twist. Our most popular activity is the Ultimate Assault (formely known as the Ultimate Wipeout), which is just one of the many on-site and off-site activities we have available.


Air Extreme

Book a jump session and experience 8 adrenaline filled activities, freestyle across a sea of wall to wall interconnected trampolines and bounce high to the latest tunes, Practice your tricks all with a super soft landing in our airbag. Perfect your flips on our dual tumble tracks. Gymnasts will enjoy the thrill of our full size olympic style performance trampolines. Why not check out our birthday party packages as we love to throw a party at Air Extreme.

So if your looking for things to do in North Devon then head on over for a fun filled jump session.



Clovelly is timeless 

From Elizabethan times until today, Clovelly has been in private ownership, which has helped preserve its original atmosphere.  The village remains a fully functioning working village, clinging to a 400 foot cliff, overlooking Bideford bay. It has no vehicular traffic on its steeply cobbled street, just donkeys and sledges.   Donkeys used to be the main form of transport for centuries, but now mainly give children rides during the summer or can be seen posing for photographs in the street. The man-powered sledges transport all goods to and from the village, from groceries to furniture.


Tapeley Park

Located in the parish of Westleigh, Tapeley Park sits high on a hill overlooking the River Torridge and the North Devon coastline. Home to the Christie family for two centuries, Hector Christie is the current custodian of the estate.

The Tapeley Park grounds are renowned for their beautiful gardens, particularly the Italian terraces, and include a lake, ponds, old woodland and a number of fields where Hector’s herd of Highland cattle graze. As well as a sizeable organic vegetable garden, Tapeley Park has one of the oldest permaculture gardens in the UK.

The gardens are open to the public six days a week (closed on Saturdays), from 10am – 5pm. Visitors can explore the grounds and are free to bring their own picnic or pop in to the tea rooms for cream teas, drinks and snacks (prepared with ingredients fresh from the Tapeley gardens). Please note that tours of the house can also be arranged by prior appointment through the gift shop.


Marwood Hill Gardens

This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple. Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950's the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere. The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family. The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too.


The Gnome Reserve & Wild Flower Garden

Enjoy a magical day out for the whole family, join in the fun - gnome hats and fishing rods loaned free of charge so the gnomes think you are one of them, so bring your cameras!


Tunnel Beaches

Steeped in history, Tunnels Beaches makes a fascinating visit for all ages...

Hand carved in the 1820's, the four tunnels provide a truly unique experience. Read extensive history information throughout our website – including hilarious guides to Victorian etiquette for boys, girls and for when boating with ladies! Learn how local entrepreneurs developed the tunnels and pools, and transformed Ilfracombe from a small fishing village into a popular seaside tourist resort. Sit back and admire the lovely rugged scenery while the kids play safely in the tidal pool or explore our fantastic rock pools - we've been rated the 3rd best beach for rock pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine.


Exmoor Zoo

Enjoy a day out in North Devon experiencing wildlife from around the world by visiting Exmoor Zoo! From the creepy crawlies of the Amazon to the wobbly wallaby joeys of Australia there are plenty of hands on activities with our animals for you to take part in.

Set in the North Devon countryside the zoo hosts winding paths lined with shrubs and trees providing homes for many of our wild species of birds and invertebrates, bringing you that much closer to nature. What's around the next corner? Take a look and enjoy the atmosphere of a relaxing stroll around our family run zoo.
Take your pick of a mixture of talks, handling and feeding sessions we provide all year round. You could make a friend with an Alpaca by stroking their soft warm fleece, or conquer your fears by handling a spider and snake! Ever wondered what the Exmoor Beast favourite meal is? Find out at our Exmoor beast feed and talk!
There is lots to see and do whatever the weather here at Exmoor Zoo. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Abbotsham Cliffs

A favourite walk of mine is the pleasant stroll to Abbotsham Cliffs and Green Cliff beyond. Sauntering along the footpath from Westward Ho! you are shadowing a piece of history  This was once the route of the railway that ambled peacefully along the cliff path and will have proffered magnificent views .


Quince Honey Farm

Now one of Britain’s leading honey farms Quince Honey Farm is family run and first established in 1949 by George Wallace with 2 hives of bees, an inexorable work ethic and a wild dream. A fiery Scotsman, George served in the paratroop regiment during WW2 and after the war served in Palestine until 1949. Near the end of his service George read a book about beekeeping and became obsessed with the craft. He was one of only a few men in the entire British Army to be demobbed into beekeeping. He gained practical beekeeping experience at Yorkshire apiaries where he was told he worked too hard. George moved South to North Devon to live with his father in Quince Cottage. George had two hives of bees and ambitiously called his operation Quince Honey Farm.


Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Set in over 28 acres of spectacular, sub tropical gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park has been giving great enjoyment to its customers for 31 years.

The Park is an independently family run business that relies solely on the income from its customers to look after its animals, maintain the beauty of the park and make improvements every year. 

Our aim is to give our customers a wonderful experience, surrounded by natural beauty, incredible animals, dinosaurs and lots of fun and enjoyment.
The park has a genuine passion for encouraging respect for the natural world.  As well as lions, wolves, sea lions, primates, meerkats, penguins and more, we are well known for our impressive life sized animatronic dinosaurs!

With a daily schedule of Free Shows, talks, encounters and a number of ‘Animal Experiences’ to enjoy, we encourage close interaction with our knowledgeable keepers and some truly magnificent animals.

In addition, we offer an exhilarating Dino Express Train Ride, a Dinosaur Museum with small cinema, Critter Cavern, a Tropical House, the Tomb of the Pharaohs and a Gigantic Indoor Soft Play Area for Dinomite fun, whatever the weather!

We look forward to seeing you!


Watermouth Castle

Watermouth Castle Theme Park - one of the West Country's premier family tourist attractions.

In a stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Castle is an all inclusive family day out offering a unique magical experience with entertainment for all ages.  Enter the Castle's Great Hall with its magnificent suits of armour, classic handcarts and sporting trophies, and step back in time to enjoy some of the simple pleasures of Victorian life. Descend down into the depths of the Castle to the Dungeon Labyrinths and see magical fairytales come to life, peer into the craft shops from bygone days and play the arcade machines from yesteryear. Then take your seats for the breathtakingly beautiful performance of lights, music and fountains in the famous underground Water Show Extravaganza.

In the beautifully landscaped Victorian gardens, discover Jumping Fountains, a Floating Marble Ball, a Haunted Mill, a Rolling Bridge and Shadow Barrels. Have a go at Crazy Snooker, lose yourself in the Maze, and plunge down the mighty Snake Tube Slide. Explore Gnomeland, battle with your friends in the Indoor Cannon Shooting Area and fire water balloons at each other in the Water Wars Zone. Children will love to fly through the air on the thrilling Aviator Ride, and the Peter Petz replica Steam Carousel and Swing Boats will add a touch of nostalgia to your day. Challenge your family and friends to a round of Crazy 'Fountain' Golf on our 9-hole terraced course, relax and enjoy a gentle ride on the Sea Lion Water-Go-Round, then speed things up on our fast and furious spinning Cooking Pot Ride.  Let the children run wild in the Great Adventure Playground before heading up to the Snail Trail Ride with its fantastic views and wonderful animations of the 'Teddy Bears Picnic'. Captain Andy and his River Town Band will be around to treat you to some foot tapping tunes and then jump on board for the 'Big River Ride' where who knows where you might end up!


Outdoor Shop & Kayak Centre

North Devon's premier kayak & stand up paddleboard hire & sales centre. We are the only kayak/paddleboard hire company in Combe Matin that has fully qualified instructors to ensure your ultimate safety whilst out on the water. We boast decades & an unrivalled amount of knowledge & maritime experience around the North Devon coastline, this includes nearly 10 years as a full time Coastguard instructor in North Devon


South West Lakes - Tamar Lake

Surrounded by British countryside and nestled on the Cornwall and Devon border, Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes are steeped in industrial history and bursting with wildlife. The Lakes offers a great day out for families, bird watchers and fishermen alike.


North Devon Shooting Ground

Family friendly, we welcome all levels and abilities, visit North Devon Shooting Ground for clay pigeon shooting near Ilfracombe and the south west UK. Clive and Jackie have been running the ground for the last fourteen years and are proud to offer the highest quality and service for all levels of shooting experience. Our staff are friendly and welcoming, come along and have a go !


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