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

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

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, Woody Bay Station

The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is gradually being restored with visitors now able to travel along a two-mile stretch from the picturesque Woody Bay to Killington Lane. The narrow-gauge railway travels through wonderful scenery with both Exmoor and the Bristol Channel visible. There is also a lovely traditional tea room onsite at Woody Bay service cream teas, and a gift shop, which is bound to be popular with any railway enthusiasts.

Special events take place at the railway throughout the year, including Santa Trains in December. Dogs can also travel for free.

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From Ilfracombe harbour

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 Oldebburg provides a regular service to Lundy Island, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The MV Balmoral returned in 2015 and is now offering a great choice of day excursions along the coast, including trips that take in Exmoor, Bideford Bay and Lundy Island.

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Heddon’s Mouth

Heddon’s Mouth

Enjoy a circular, 2-mile walk alongside the river and through the wooded valleys to Heddon’s Mouth where there is a small, secluded shingle beach with remains of an old limekiln.

Complete your walk with a meal at the Hunter’s Inn, where local ales, traditional meals and delicious cream teas are served.

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Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

Discover the history of Dartington Crystal, watch live demonstrations from expert master engravers, and glass making in the visitor centre, as well as browsing one of the largest glassware shops in the UK. Finish you trip by relaxing in the Pavilion Café.

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RHS Gardens Rosemoor

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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