It's only a few minutes walk from the site entrance to the beaches, pubs, and shops of Combe Martin, and you'll find some amazing rock pools and caves at low tide, and many lovely walks through the village as well as the South West Coast Path which passes through.
Then further afield there is a wealth of lovely places to visit - there are unique gardens and places of historical interest, stunning coastline with golden beaches and pebbly coves, family fun and attractions, and beautiful, diverse landscapes with quaint villages and traditional market towns.
Check out the list below...
Kayaking with Surfside
Explore the bay of Combe Martin and create your own adventure with Surfside Kayak & SUP Hire. The kayaks are launched straight from the beach with friendly staff on hand ready to help you set off and discover this stunning coastline. It's a great experience for all the family and Surfside is the fun and friendly place to go kayaking. For those who would prefer to go on an organised trip then they also offer excellent fully escorted kayak tours throughout the season including fishing trips and sunset tours.
Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
Set in over 28 acres the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is an independent family-run business offering a unique experience, surrounded by natural beauty, incredible animals, dinosaurs and lots of fun and enjoyment. The team at 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, it is also well known for the life sized animatronic dinosaurs!
Built in 1825 this Victorian castle was restored in 1977 to become one of Devon's premier tourist attractions. It boasts an enchanting mix of children's rides and activities and is especially well suited to the younger toddlers and children and you'll find some nostalgic blasts from the past thrown in for good measure!
Combe Martin Museum
Visit this unique local history museum which tells the story of Combe Martin. You can discover the social, trade & industry and maritime history of this traditional village. The team also organise a variety of informative and fun events including the Seashore Safaris in the summer children's activities plus regular coffee mornings. All the information is Makaton friendly (symbol language) and accessible to those with a visual impairment through the use of the 'Talking Pen' as well as being accessible to wheelchair users.
This special all weather, educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world of North Devon. The aquarium houses a diverse collection of local aquatic life in beautifully recreated natural habitats. The exhibits provide visitors with a unique zoned journey experience starting from the source of an Exmoor River all the way down the stream to lfracombe Harbour, then expanding out to Lundy Island and its marine reserve. The aquarium also has a funky fish gift shop and cafe.
Marwood Hill Garden
This magical 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 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. There's a plant sales area and a little tea shop too.
Arlington Court is an intriguing regency house and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles, all set in a picturesque garden. There are family activities within the house and stunning walks for all the family around the estate as well as a cafe and NT shop. Arlington Court also offer a variety of different events throughout the year.
Exmoor Zoo is the ideal family day out, with hands-on activities running throughout the day such as holding a bird eating spider to feeding wallabies. You'll find a wide range of animals including the beautiful black leopard, puma, cheetah, wolves and monkeys to name a few! There is also a children's play are, cafe and undercover picnic area. Disabled access consists of wheelchair provision and and scooter hire.
Quince Honey Farm
The family-run working honey farm has been producing quality honey since 1949 and has over 1000 hives deep in the North Devon countryside. Visit the world’s largest Honeybee exhibition; BeeWorld! The interesting displays and exhibits will teach you fun facts about the honeybee before you take a closer look inside the working hives. There is an indoor and outdoor play area, along with a cafe and a honey farm shop.
The Big Sheep
The Big Sheep is one of North Devon’s all-weather family attractions and will give you ad your family a fun and fabulous day out. This theme park is suitable for all ages of family fun and is perfect for rainy days out! With an indoor all weather play area, a rollercoaster and a whole load of sheep-orientated activities as well as a shop and cafe there's plenty to keep you all occupied for a day.
RHS Rosemoor is a garden of intoxicating beauty expressing the essence of rural North Devon within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides.Whatever the season, the exciting colours, scents and textures mean that all your senses will be stimulated, as you stroll around the 65 acre grounds. If you are looking for a relaxing, inspirational day out there is something for children and adults alike to enjoy time and again. There are regular workshops, a restaurant on site and full disabled access.
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, a granite outcrop, three miles long and half a mile wide where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America. MS Oldenburg is your vessel that takes you across the water from Ilfracombe to the island - it takes less than 2 hours, and you can spend the day exploring and spotting the unique wildlife around the island.