Things to do

There are many gardens and houses to visit, including the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, the National Trust’s Arlington House, Hartland Abbey, Marwood Hill Gardens, Tappeley Gardens, Docton Mills & Gardens and The Broom Hill Sculpture Park.

Family entertainment can be found at the Milky Way, The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoological Park, The Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Brocklands Adventure Park, Watermouth Castle, Torrington 1664 and the Quince Honey Farm,.

Day cruises depart regularly to tranquil Lundy Island, Tarka cruises explore the estuary and many pleasure steamers run from Ilfracombe harbour.

The Atlantic Village near Bideford provides a retail therapy outlet as does Barnstaple and it’s Pannier Market. Brannam pottery is also located in Barnstaple with the Dartington Crystal factory nearby at Great Torrington.

There are a number of karting centres in the area and a superbowl in Barnstaple.