Attractions and things to do in North Devon and North Cornwall
We may not be able to guarantee the weather during your stay with us, but we can say with some degree of certainty that you won’t get bored – come rain or shine!
There’s a host of fantastic things to do in North Devon and North Cornwall, from visits to theme parks and picturesque railways to historic houses and legendary castles… there really is something for all the family!
If you’re looking for a little inspiration ahead of your stay with us, take a look at our guide to local attractions and family days out in the area.
One of the country’s longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, the Tarka Trail stretches for over 32 miles, running from Braunton to Barnstaple, then Instow, Bideford, Great Torrington and on to Meeth. It forms part of the overall Devon Coast to Coast route, which eventually links up with Plymouth. The Tarka Trail follows the journey of the Tarka the otter in the classic tale written by Henry Williamson. If you’re looking for things to do in North Devon, then this has to be on your list!
This attraction is a must for a great family day out with the kids. Prepare to be entertained with hilarious shows which include a hysterical introduction to various breeds of sheep from around the world, the famous sheep racing, horse whispering, sheep shearing, dog and participating duck trials. The BIG Sheep has something to entertain any age group and children and adults can burn off excess energy and play safely on a great selection of slides and imaginative soft play climbing areas, tumble towers, mazes & obstacles in our massive indoor play area.
This stunning region straddles the Cornwall-Devon border and covers around 75 miles of the lower River Tamar. Rich in beauty and history, the region boasts some of the most picturesque scenery in the South West. The estuary itself is an important haven for wildlife. Why not explore the area by train on the scenic Tamar Valley Line, by boat on the Tamar Passenger Ferry or pleasure cruises from Plymouth, by car or on foot on the extensive network of local footpaths?
Discover the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel with a journey back in time on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway – Cornwall’s only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives. Trains operate from Bodmin General – the line’s main station where free car and coach parking is available – to Bodmin Parkway, where connections can be made directly with main line railway services – and Boscarne Junction on the popular Camel Trail.
Hartland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Stretching from Bude to the border with Devon, the Hartland stretch of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the smallest – but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in beauty! A high plateau of carboniferous sandstone and slate meets the sea here in sheer cliffs up to 475 feet high. Below are striking wave-cut platforms and compressed layers of sedimentary rock folded like a vast pack of cards. For walkers and climbers, a visit here is simply a must!
These two lakes near Bude offer a variety of activities including watersports, angling and walking. The Upper Tamar lake is home to a watersports centre and is the place to go for sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. The Lower Tamar lake is quieter and managed as a nature reserve, and is great place for walks and spotting birds and wildlife.
No visit to North Cornwall is complete without a trip to Tintagel Castle. Steeped in mystery, myth and legend, the castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur and you can still visit nearby Merlin’s Cave. The castle is set high on the cliffs and offers dramatic views of the coast. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west.
If you’re looking for fun, adventure and excitement then head to nearby Camel Creek Adventure Park. Here you’ll find wild rides, attractions and masses of indoor entertainment. And animal lovers shouldn’t leave without meeting the region’s cutest furry friends or gentlest ‘Shire’ giants; who all live at Camel Creek.
This magnificent late Victorian country house boasts extensive servants’ quarters, gardens and a wooded estate. It has the feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. The kitchens, nurseries and servants’ quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, while the spacious dining room and bedrooms are truly and deeply elegant. The house is set in wooded parkland of 1,000 acres and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees.