Our top things to do in Barnstaple and North Devon

There are great activities available close to The Park, to make your stay with us even more memorable. Here are our some of our top choices for amazing things to do. To help you make the most of your stay with us, we have arranged exclusive discounts for you with many of our top local attractions, saving you money on fabulous days out in North Devon. To find out more, click here.

Barnstaple Health & Leisure Club

Barnstaple Health & Leisure Club

Enjoy these facilities free of charge, as our guest. The top leisure club in North Devon is situated at our sister hotel, The Barnstaple.

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Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre

Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre

Try an amazing range of sports delivered by trained staff. Activities include climbing, zip wire, archery, surfing, bodyboarding, and kayaking.

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The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail

Hire a bike locally in Barnstaple at Tarka Trail Cycle Hire and experience this world famous trail.

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Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet

Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet

Fantastic shopping with over 30 stores from famous national brands, offering a fantastic variety of offers on normal retail prices. Clothes, food and drink, children's play area and regular events - what more could you want from a shopping trip? Open seven days a week.

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Milky Way Adventure Park

Milky Way Adventure Park

An all-weather theme park with Devon’s best roller coaster and other great family attractions.

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RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor

£8 entry instead of £12.65

At Rosemoor gardens, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley. Around every corner there's a lovely surprise. The gardens are home to plants from around the world. Events take place through the year, there's lots of shopping to be done and children's activities keep little green-fingers amused.

We look more at what Rosemoor offers in this news piece.

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Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

See African lions, wolves, sea lions and meerkats, as well as spectacular dinosaur models.

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The BIG Sheep

The BIG Sheep

The perfect family day out, with live shows, farmyard animals, rides and entertainment.

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Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo

A friendly, award-winning zoo with a focus on education and conservation. .

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Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Learn all about the natural and human history of beautiful North Devon.  

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Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

See the world famous range of Dartington Crystal and try your hand at glass blowing.

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Broomhill Sculpture Gardens.

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens.

A magical collection of contemporary sculpture, all set in a glorious wooded valley.

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Arlington Court

Arlington Court

A family estate held by the Chichester family for five centuries, with a beautiful house, superb gardens and a fascinating carriage museum.

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Heddon Valley

Heddon Valley

The place for perfect walks and views. The cobbled beach at Heddon’s Mouth can only be accessed on foot.

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Air Extreme

Air Extreme

15% off for Park Hotel guests - speak to reception staff for details.

Air extreme offers you a wide range of bouncing activities! Go and have fun in their massive indoor trampoline park in Barnstaple, North Devon, filled wall to wall with trampolines and much more. 

They advise customers to book online in advance to ensure you don't miss out. 

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Barnstaple Pannier Market

Barnstaple Pannier Market

The market trades six days a week on Butcher's Row and hosts regular food festivals. A great place to browse local produce, arts and crafts.

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Watermouth Castle, near Ilfracombe

Watermouth Castle, near Ilfracombe

A lovely Victorian Castle with interesting displays that is also home to a family theme park with rides, maze, dungeons, play areas and beautiful landscaped gardens.

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Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor adventures provides a range of award winning outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building, archery, stand-up paddle boarding, tree climbing, orienteering and team building activities across North Devon, West Somerset, Exmoor and the Quantock Hills.

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Lundy Island

Lundy Island

In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure. Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland, with more sunshine and less rain. Book a day trip on the MS Oldenburg to Lundy from Bideford quay.

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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland Abbey with its beautiful gardens and grounds welcomes visitors from the end of March until October. It is the cherished home of the Stucley family with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations.

Castle Hill

Castle Hill

Castle Hill house and gardens are steeped in history and are, and have been for centuries, a home to the Fortescue family. Today it is loved and cherished by the Earl and Countess of Arran and is a wonderful visitor attraction. Visit Castle Hill’s open gardens and stay to enjoy refreshments at their new tearoom.

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Clovelly

Clovelly

20% off Cream Teas at the New Inn and Red Lion in Clovelly village.

World famous for its cobbled streets, donkeys, sledges and historic harbour. Enjoy stunning views of this traffic-free fishing village built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, with beautiful whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers.

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Ilfracombe Aquarium

Ilfracombe Aquarium

This exciting award winning, all weather, fun, educational attraction provides a fascinating insight into the watery world of North Devon... The aquarium offers Local Aquatic Exhibits and showcases a diverse collection of animals displayed within beautifully recreated natural habitats.

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Quince Honey Farm

Quince Honey Farm

Take a guided tour around the interesting displays and exhibits and learn fun facts about the honeybee before you take a closer look inside the working hives. Nowhere in the world can you get so close to live bees without needing protective equipment! The Happy Bee play hive is a large indoor soft play area, this is where you will also find the café offering homemade food and our special Devonshire cream tea with honey! There is also an outdoor play and seating area for when the sun is shining.

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Tapeley Park

Tapeley Park

Tapeley is a historic estate in the parish of Westleigh situatied between Bideford and Instow. It features Italian terrace borders, a traditional walled Kitchen Garden, a lake with massive ThujaPlicata trees, Granite Labyrinth. Falconry Displays each Sunday at 11:30am and 3:30pm, weather permitting. Animals including Highland Cattle, Peacocks and Berkshire Pigs. Tea Rooms - light lunches and teas. Childrens Play Area 'hidden' in the Wild Garden. 

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Let's go ten pin bowling and skating

Let's go ten pin bowling and skating

Only a five minute drive from The Park Hotel, Let's Go! is a state of the art centre that features tenpin bowling and a unique indoor skating rink. Great fun for the whole family to enjoy.

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