Home » Advice » Great Tips to make your North Devon holiday memorable Part 1


Here is our rundown of the top things to either do, visit or eat in North Devon whether you are staying in a holiday park, camping or staying at one of the many hotels in the area.

1. Visit Woolacombe Beach

Many visitors to North Devon will head to Woolacombe if they want to experience the sea and the county’s stunning coastlines. Woolacombe itself won an “England for Excellence Gold Award” for best family resort in 1999. But it’s the beach that people will most be looking forward to and rightly so as it was voted the best British Beach in the Mail of Sunday in 2000.

The beach is three miles long of golden sand and has been given the blue flag and a Premier Seaside Beach award for its cleanliness, facilities and water quality. Both surfers and tourists flock to the beach in the summer for one of the best beaches in the country.

Woolacombe Beach

Insider Tip: Woolacombe’s Car Parks can get extremely busy in the summer so if you want a space, get their early. Or even better, help the environment by getting the bus.

2. See the Dinosaurs at Combe Martin Wildlife Park

If you are travelling with any children or if you are a big kid at heart, you should definitely pay a visit to the Combe Martin Wildlife park to see the Dinosaurs. The park is home to a full size animatronic T-Rex that’s roars and is sure to scare the living daylights out of young and old alike. The park is also great for animal lovers, with a great selection including Wolves, Sea Lions, Monkeys and Lemurs.

combe martin wildlife park

Insider Tip: Bring a camera as you will be extremely disappointed it you don’t get the chance to have your picture take next to the Dinosaurs.

3. Take a walk on Exmoor

For the nature living visitors to North Devon, Exmoor provides a stunning setting to gentle walks or adventurous hikes. Exmoor National Park is home to some of the most breathtaking sights that are to be found in North Devon. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the Red Deer or the Exmoor Pony.



Insider Tip: Read the book, Lorna Doon to find out about Devon’s very own Romeo and Juliet. This love story takes place on and around Exmoor and you can even visit the church where the couple got married.

4. Have a Devonshire Cream Tea

One of the most famous delicacies from Devon has to be the Cream Tea. There are plenty of tea rooms dotted around the county where you can get one of these scrumptious warm home made Scones, local clotted cream finished off with some Strawberry jam.

devonshire cream tea

Insider Tip: Don’t fall for imitation cream teas where they will try to fob you off with whipped cream!

5. Have a meal in Damien Hurst’s Restaurant

Damien Hurt maybe best known for his whacky art pieces like diamond encrusted skulls, but he has other business ventures including his Ilfracombe based restaurant. The Quay Restaurant and White Hart Bar is based in Ilfracombe’s picturesque harbour and is host to some of his work.

With the harbour setting of a restaurant, you would expect an abundance of seafood and the Quay delivers with their amazing seafood platters that include Crab, Mussels, Oysters and Lobsters.

Meat lovers will be pleased to hear that the restaurant sources meat from nearby farms and from Exmoor.


Damien Hurst

6. Cycle along the Tarka Trail

After all the delicious food you will have eaten from Damien Hurst’s restaurant you may fancy some exercise to work it off. North Devon’s Tarka trail is over 30 miles of old railway line that runs between Braunton and Meeth. The line has been resurfaced and is great for walking or cycling. There are many car parks along the way so you can join the trail at any point and make the journey as long or as short as you want. The trail will lead you along through some stunning countryside where you will see rolling fields and dense woodland.

tarka trail


Insider Tip: There is a bike hire service at the stop outside of Torrington which is ideal for anyone who wasn’t brought a bike with them on holiday.

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