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Putsborough Sands and Woolacombe Beach North Devon

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Discover the ultimate getaway at The Park Hotel in Barnstaple, North Devon. Experience a truly memorable stay, where adventure, remarkable attractions, and stunning beaches await you. Our hotel offers the perfect base to explore the wonders of the surrounding area, ensuring you get the most out of your visit.

Immerse yourself in a world of excitement as you embark on a journey through the enchanting landscapes of North Devon. From picturesque coastal walks to thrilling outdoor activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an adrenaline junkie, or simply seeking relaxation, the possibilities are endless.

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Clovelly harbour

Exclusive GuestDiscounts

We love to treat our guests, and part of that is giving you ways to make the most of your visit to North Devon. We feel everyone should enjoy all that the area has to offer which is why we've teamed up with North Devon attractions to offer you discounts throughout your visit. 

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The Barnstaple Hotel Indoor Swimming Pool

Leisure Facilities atOur Sister Hotel

When you stay at The Park Hotel, you have complimentary use of the wonderful Leisure Club at our sister hotel, which boasts some of the finest facilities in the area. Including an indoor heated pool and seasonal outdoor heated pool, his and her saunas and a fully equipped gym. 

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Cocktail Being Made at Bar62 Barnstaple

Discover TheBarnstaple Collection

As our guest, you have access to some exclusive North Devon discounts and benefits through our Barnstaple Collection. Enjoy an array of discounted dining across our sister hotels from cocktails to lunches and afternoon teas, there's a discount for everyone. 

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Discover a stay full of Devon charm

RHS Rosemoor
RHS Garden Rosemoor

Distance: 13.1 Miles [26 Minutes]

Receive £8 entry instead of £12.65 when you stay with us

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 throughout the year, there's lots of shopping to be done and children's activities keep little green-fingers amused.

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Race World Go-Karting

Distance: 54.2 Miles [1 Hour 7 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us 

Race World Go-Karting track is Exeter's very best indoor racing track! With a 400m circuit, flyover bridge, state-of-the-art equipment, conference room and 4000sq ft viewing area, it has something for everyone!

woman surfer walking into sea
Croyde Bay Surf Hire

Distance: 11.2 Miles [27 Minutes]

10% off surfboards, paddleboards & bodyboard hire when you stay with us

Your choice of surf equipment next to world-class waves at Croyde Bay. Croyde Bay Surf Hire stocks a selection of surfboards, bodyboards and stand-up paddle boards for all levels of surfer, from first-timers to seasoned pros and will even deliver equipment straight to you. 

Surf board on beach
Walking on Waves

Distance: 9 Miles [23 Minutes]

10% discount on all lessons

First Wave sessions are designed to get you off the beach, in the water, and having fun as quickly as possible. We meet up, get to know each other and jump into our “guaranteed to keep you warm” winter wetsuits. It’s only 100m to the beach (although if the tide’s out it can be a bit further to the sea) where we’ll go through the safety drill and give you a chance to practice before we get wet. Then it’s off to the sea to get some real experience with the help of the Walking-on-waves team.

2 people Kayaking
OSKC Watersports

Distance: 12 Miles [26 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

Watersports centre in Combe Martin offering all types of kayak and stand up paddle board activities including hire and guided kayak tours.

stuart line cruises
Stuart Line Cruises

Distance: 58.3 Miles [1 Hour 17 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

Ensure you don’t miss out on one of Devon's top things to do and take a trip with Stuart Line Cruises. Sailing all year round, you can set sail and explore the rich wildlife and breathtaking views of the River Exe or set sail back 250 million years exploring the Jurassic Coast Line.

man on a SUP at sunset
H2o Outdoor

Distance: 10.4 Miles [21 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

H2o Outdoor specialise in providing unforgettable experiences by combining high-quality activities with the outstanding natural beauty of this area. Coasteering, Kayaking, Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Wild Swimming are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed with them either on a single session basis or combined to form an exhilarating adventure package. 

person on a segway
EasiGlide Segway Experience

Distance: 11.2 Miles [23 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

EasiGlide offers Segway tours around North Devon and other areas of the South West. Rolling hills, ocean views, muddy fields, sand dunes as well as plenty of obstacle courses and games provide the ultimate thrill of riding a Segway.

kids on a slide at Milky Way
Milky Way Adventure Park

Distance: 18 Miles [28 Minutes]

Receive 10% off entry when you stay with us [term time only]

An all-weather theme park with something for everyone. From the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, gravity rider donut slide, maze, fantastic outdoor displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre, Droid Destroyer Dodgems, and the Milky Way Railway - we can guarantee you won't be bored when spending a day here.

Becky Falls
Becky Falls

Distance: 42.6 Miles [1 Hour 23 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

No visit to Devon would be complete without a visit to Dartmoor's iconic landmark. Come and breathe some of the purest air in England, explore 50 acres of stunning woodlands and enjoy a very, very warm welcome!

2 girls on trampolines
Air Extreme

Distance: 2.8 Miles [8 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

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. 

Broomhill sculpture gardens
Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

Distance: 3.7 Miles [10 Minutes]

10% off sculpture park entry when you stay with us

A sanctuary for fine arts with a collection of 200 contemporary sculptures, all set in a glorious 103-acre estate with a wooded valley.

Dartington Crystal
Dartington Crystal

Distance: 12.3 Miles [24 Minutes]

20% off first Quality items in their store

Experience a brand new Visitor Experience at Dartington Crystal’s popular tourist attraction in Great Torrington, the home to the UK’s last remaining factory scale crystal and glass manufacturer. Delve into the history and heritage of Dartington Crystal before venturing around the modern-day factory as you witness glass-making demonstrations in a newly installed studio furnace.

animal in a zoo
Exmoor Zoo

Distance: 10.2 Miles [21 Minutes]

15% off entry when you stay with us

An enjoyable day trip for all ages, the zoos treats visitors to a close-up view within excellent animal exhibits. The closest local zoos are Exmoor Zoo, which is home to the only pair of black leopards (or Exmoor beasts if you believe the legends) on exhibit in the UK, and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, a prehistoric park that features a variety of exotic animals alongside plenty of dinosaur animatronics.

Hartland Abbey, North Devon
Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Distance: 24 Miles [41 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

A day out at Hartland Abbey, a stately home and popular film location in a stunning valley a mile from Hartland Quay on the N W Devon coast, is to step back in time. The award-winning house, with its fascinating interiors and decoration, beautiful woodland walks, walled gardens and parkland, has been in the same family ownership for generations and provides a warm welcome to visitors.

someone painting pottery
Tarka Pottery

Distance: 13.8 Miles [28 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

Tarka Pottery is a pottery painting studio offering an exciting range of fun creative activities for kids, teens and adults alike! It's a great chance to get creative and relax in the pottery studio where plenty of help is on hand. You can choose from making a bowl on the potter’s wheel, painting a pot or joining a clay workshop or pottery class.

Quince Honey Farm, North Devon
Quince Honey Farm

Distance: 9.9 Miles [18 Minutes]

10% off entry when you stay with us

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! 

Tapeley Park, North devon
Tapeley Park

Distance: 9.5 Miles [17 Minutes]

2 for 1 entry when you stay with us

Tapeley Park situated between Instow and Bideford is one of North Devon’s best-kept secrets. Take in the magnificent views over the Torridge Estuary to the sea beyond. Their grounds are renowned for their beautiful gardens, especially the Italian terraces where visitors can sit back and relax and make the most of the peace and tranquillity.

quad bike
Keypitts Activity Centre

Distance: 10.3 Miles [22 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

A fantastic activity centre near Ilfracombe, offering Quad Biking, Axe Throwing and 4×4 Land Rover Experience. 

The Ultimate Adventure Activity Centre
The Ultimate Adventure Activity Centre

Distance: 11 Miles [19 Minutes]

15% off when you stay with us

Based in Abbotsham, North Devon the centre has been providing a comprehensive range of outdoor adventure activities since 2011. Choose from, high ropes, kayaking, coasteering, archery, paddle-boarding, mountain boarding, surfing, and the famous total wipeout-inspired assault course. Activity sessions run every morning, afternoon & evening.

family shopping
Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet

Distance: 11.9 Miles [20 Minutes]

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.

Pannier Market, Barnstaple
Barnstaple Pannier Market

Distance: 1.7 Miles [7 Minutes]

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.

Arlington Court, North Devon
Arlington Court

Distance: 9.3 Miles [21 Minutes]

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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Castle Hill

Distance: 8.4 Miles [17 Minutes]

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.

Clovelly harbour

Distance: 20.5 [33 Minutes]

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.

Combe Martin Dinosaur Park
Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Distance: 33 Miles [20.5 Minutes]

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park is a family-run attraction set in Combe Martin Valley with over 28 acres of spectacular gardens within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty! See African lions, wolves, sea lions and meerkats, as well as spectacular dinosaur models.

group of people canoeing
Exmoor Adventures

Distance: 29.5 Miles [1 Hour]

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.

Heddons Mouth
Heddon Valley

Distance: 13.4 Miles [26 Minutes]

Heddon Valley, set on the West Exmoor coast is the perfect setting for walks and views. The cobbled beach at Heddon’s Mouth can only be accessed on foot, enjoy a beautiful walk through ancient woodlands as you trail alongside the River until you meet the sea. 

Ilfracombe Aquarium
Ilfracombe Aquarium

Distance: 12.8 Miles [29 Minutes]

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.

River Lyn through Lynmouth North Devon
Lynton & Lynmouth

Distance: 19.8 Miles [35 Minutes]

The famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway is the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world! The Cliff Railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth providing stunning coastal views that will be the highlight of any visit. 

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.

man bowling
Let's Go!

Distance: 2 Miles [6 Minutes]

Only a five-minute drive from The Park Hotel, Let's Go! is Great fun for the whole family to enjoy. From Bowling to Arcade Games and Snooker, they have something for all ages.

Marwood Hill Gardens
Marwood Hill Gardens

Distance: 4.5 Miles [15 Minutes]

Marwood Hill Gardens is an excellent 20-acre private garden and lakes, with a Garden Tea Room and wonderful views.

Father and daughter in a museum
Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

Distance: 0.3 Miles [1 Minute]

Preserving the rich history of the people and landscapes of North Devon with twelve permanent galleries, an annual exhibitions and events program. There is a history all around us, discover the stories of a time gone by. 

Man on wake board
North Devon Wake Park

Distance: 18.1 Miles [29 Minutes]

Located in the stunning landscape of North Devon and only 10 minutes away from the coast, North Devon Wake Park boasts the best of both worlds. The WakePark has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages which include wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, slacklining and their unique aquapark. 

Queen's Theatre

Distance: 0.8 Miles [4 Minutes]

Visit the Queens Theatre for the best live entertainment in North Devon. Musicals, Plays, Comedy, Dance, Concerts & more!

Scott Cinemas

Distance: 0.8 Miles [4 Minutes]

Scott Cinemas has 4 screens showing today's best blockbusters.

family of 4 on high ropes
Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre

Distance: 11.1 Miles [21 Minutes]

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

2 boys and a man with tennis rackets
Tarka Tennis

Distance: 1.2 Miles [5 Minutes]

There are 6 indoor courts and 4 outdoor courts at this ‘Pay and Play’ tennis centre in Barnstaple.

lamb on the back of a sheep
The Big Sheep

Distance: 10.8 Miles [18 Minutes]

One of Devon’s BIGGEST all-weather attractions, The BIG Sheep started life in far humbler surroundings and has since grown to be one of Devon's top days out. With plenty of all-weather action with indoor playgrounds and outdoor activities, every visit is guaranteed fun. With live shows, farmyard animals, rides and entertainment, there's something for everyone. 

family cycling
The Tarka Trail

 The Tarka Trail is a 180-mile, figure-eight loop exploring all the diversity and beauty North Devon has to offer. Footpaths and bridleways will take you through unspoiled countryside traversing valleys and woods through Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks. The South West Coast Path will offer breathtaking views of the sea while visiting coastal villages and beautiful beaches.

water mouth cove
Watermouth Castle

Distance: 12Miles [28 Minutes]

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.

Couple Walking South West Coast Path
Guided Walking Tours

John Ward offers guided walking breaks and tailor-made adventures within the wild beauty of the coastline and moors of North Devon and Exmoor.  Walk the stunning coast and country of North Devon and Exmoor with a knowledgeable and friendly local guide and visit the 'hidden gems' of the area - from the old-world charm of remote hamlets to expansive moors and secluded coves. 

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