Things to Do in Devon

There are a wide variety of fun activities and things to do in and around Barnstaple, and our guests can enjoy exploring the beautiful countryside while staying with us. For the cycling fan, we are in an ideal spot for those looking to follow the Tarka Trail, which follows the beautiful coast around Barnstaple. Visiting Lynton and Lymouth provides an opportunity to see the water powered cliff railway, and the Valley of Rocks. If you wish to visit further afield, we are right in the middle of Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks, perfect to visit with children or pets!

You won’t be short of things to do in our neck of the woods, as Barnstaple has a theatre, a cinema, and numerous places to enjoy delicious local food. Visiting slightly further afield from Barnstaple, our guests can explore the ancient village of Clovelly, with its flower decked houses, cobbled pedestrian streets, and friendly donkeys for children to ride and pet.

If guests travel to nearby Ilfracombe, they can take in Damien Hirst’s Verity, once that tallest statue in the UK! Ilfracombe also offers a variety of things to do, such as a museum, leisure park, and Chambercombe Manor, one of the most haunted houses in Britain!

The Tarka Trail

This extremely popular cycle route covers unspoilt Devon countryside, beautiful coast line, beaches, the Torridge estuary. Inspired by the route of fictional Tarka the otter, this cycle trail attracts hundreds of visitors a year, and covers an incredible 180 miles! The trail  wends its way through Barnstaple making this the ideal spot to get started and explore everything that there is to see and do in North Devon.

Bikes can be hired at multiple points along the Tarka trail, so no need to worry about bringing your own if you’re eager to get started! If you’re a heritage train buff, then you might be pleasantly surprised to find that the Tarka trail runs along what was once a railway line that brought holidaymakers from London to their North Devon holiday destinations.  There are also two heritage railways, the Lynton and Barnstaple narrow gauge railway and the Tarka Valley railway both being lovingly restored.  Some of the original stations now serve refreshments to help you on your way.

These are just a small sample of things to do around Barnstaple, visit now to discover the incredible countryside from the wild beauty of Exmoor to sunny coves and the wide expanse of a number of surfing beaches.