Days out

With award-winning beaches, National Trust estates, RHS gardens and a whole host of family attractions, there really is something for everyone, all year round.

Arlington Court

On the edge of Exmoor, Arlington Court is a beautiful country house with a 3,500 acre estate. Once the home of the Chichester family, it was donated to the National Trust in 1949 and is now open to the public. Visitors are invited to enjoy the house, its beautiful gardens, a classic Victorian tea room and horse drawn carriage rides. The National Trust Carriage Museum is home to more than 50 horse-drawn carriages. There are also some fantastic events held at Arlington Court throughout the year, including Easter egg hunts, spring trails, family ranger days, family craft days and Christmas fayres.

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Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is a wonderful narrow-gauge railway. This two-mile steam engine train ride runs from the picturesque Woody Bay station to Killington Lane Halt, through some lovely countryside scenery. There is also a lovely traditional tearoom and gift shop and plenty of special events taking place throughout the year. Dogs can also travel for free.

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From Ilfracombe harbour

Throughout the year, there are many boat trips departing from Ilfracombe harbour offering a great chance to explore the North Devon coastline by sea.

There are wildlife cruises where you can search for seals and dolphins on board one of the Ilfracombe Princess Cruises or for the more adventurous and faster journey, try the sea safari.

The MS Oldenburg provides regular boat trips to Lundy Island, a site of Special Scientific Interest. The MV Balmoral returned back to service in June 2015 and now offers a great choice of day excursions along the coast, exploring Exmoor, Bideford bay and Lundy Island too.

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Heddon’s Mouth

An enjoyable 2 mile circular walk through Heddon Valley, where riverside paths, alongside the River Heddon take you through wooded valleys to where its meets the sea at Heddon’s mouth, a secluded shingle pebbly beach with a ruined limekiln.

The Hunter’s Inn is the perfect place to reward yourself after your walk, savour local ales or enjoy a traditional afternoon cream tea in its beautiful gardens.

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Dartington Crystal

Discover the history of Dartington Crystal, watch live demonstrations from expert Master engravers and glass making  in the visitor centre, browse one of the largest glassware shops in the UK or simply relax in its Pavilion Cafe.

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RHS Gardens Rosemoor

Enjoy a day out at the beautiful gardens of RHS Rosemoor. Nestled in a valley near Torrington, RHS Garden Rosemoor is surrounded by woodland and proudly features its woodland garden, cottage garden, stone garden, hot garden, stream and rock gully. With an excellent events programme, it is a great place to visit with family and friends all year round.

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