North Devon Family attractions

Ilfracombe Aquarium

There are over 75 different species of fish at the Ilfracombe Aquarium, which is no more than a 10-minute drive from Seascape. The award winning aquarium provides a fascinating insight into the local aquatic world, with each exhibit carefully recreated as close as possible to the creature’s natural habitats.

Watermouth Castle

Only 20 minutes away from Seascape lies the historic Watermouth Castle. The castle is host to a wide range of attractions, including rides and specially designated play areas for the kids. Whether you want to get lost in the maze, meet the gnomes or visit the dungeons, Watermouth Castle is a brilliant family day out for all ages.

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is less than a 20-minute drive from Seascape and is home to a vast selection of different animals such as lions, wolves, monkeys, sea lions and meerkats. Amongst the animals, hidden around the park are life size animatronic dinosaurs, each with its own plaque so you can learn about the prehistoric creatures. The park also provides daily shows and talks, you can even pay for the once in a lifetime opportunity to shadow a keeper, feed the lions or swim with the sea lions.

The Milky Way

The Milky Way has it all - rollercoasters, undercover adventure play areas for when the weather has let you down, and even a terrifying alien encounter. The entry price covers the cost of most of the extensive list of activities, such as access to the parks five rides, a large indoor play area and plenty of outdoor activities, including archery and laser target shooting.

Exmoor Zoo

In recent years Exmoor Zoo has been awarded as both the best small attraction in Devon, and the whole of the Southwest. The zoo provides a fantastic day out with its huge array of animals, many of which are endangered. Pay a visit to the alpacas, armadillos, parrots, singing dogs, reindeer or even ‘The Exmoor Beast’!

Let's Go Bowling and Skating

If you’re struggling for something to do on a wet afternoon, why not head down to Let’s Go Barnstaple featuring ten-pin bowling lanes, private Karaoke party rooms, a new snooker club, and even a Burger King restaurant for eat-in, take away or drive-through.

Dartington Crystal

At Dartington Crystal on the outskirts of Torrington, see how the first pieces of glass were made in the museum, watch the talented master engraver create award winning pieces of art or the live demonstration of glassmaking, and try the many hands-on activities they have to offer, such as hand casting, jewellery making and glass blowing to create a keepsake you’ll cherish forever.

North Devon Beaches

Woolacombe

Right on your doorstep the three-mile long stretch of golden sand at Woolacombe is renowned for its clean water and facilities. Life guards are never far away to guarantee safe family swimming during the summer months, and surfers travel from all over the country to enjoy the great waves. There are all kinds of water based activities on offer including surfing, kayaking and sailing, with many lessons available in the sports for beginners.

Saunton

Saunton beach is famous for its miles of stunning golden sands and is a popular site for dog walkers and surfers that don’t want to brave the larger waves of Croyde. The beach often plays host to a lot of exciting events such as Paws on the Beach, a day on the beach that is completely dog themed and even features doggy surfing! Croyde central area> corporate images> stock images> Croyde> Croyde beach 1 Tucked neatly between Woolacombe and Saunton, Croyde is a magical location with a beautiful sandy beach and spectacular scenery. There are fascinating rock pools at either end of the beach, which are ideal to explore, several public footpaths around the village and in particular walks to Baggy Point, which offers breath-taking views.

Tunnels Beaches

Tunnels Beaches is Ilfracombe's award winning beach. The four fascinating tunnels provide unique access to a beautiful area of coastline inaccessible by any other means. An extremely popular place for weddings, the four tunnels were hand carved in the 1820s and provide an amazing and unique experience for both young and old.

Golf

Saunton Golf Club

Just a 15-minute drive from Seascape, is Saunton Golf Club home to two golf courses suited to both amateur and the more experienced golfer. Both of the courses are located within Braunton Burrows, which has been a golfing spot since 1897. The East course Is famous for its use in major amateur championships, notably the 1937 English Amateur when Frank Pennink was victorious. The West course is similar to the East but is more suited to stronger golfers, as each hole requires clever and strong placing of your ball.

Portmore Golf Park, Barnstaple

Portmore Golf Park is set in the heart of North Devon on the outskirts of Barnstaple. All together there are 27 holes made up of the 9 hole Landkey par 3 course, and Barum an 18-hole course. The Park is also home to a 23 bay driving range, which is floodlit and completely undercover. Also onsite there is a large bar and restaurant to relax in after a day of golf.

Royal North Devon Golf Club

The Royal North Devon Golf Club is located in Northam, and is the oldest golf course in the country. The course stretches out to over 7,000 yards from the championship tees, which are used for the West of England Championship – one of the top amateur events, although most will agree that it’s a suitably stiff test at 6,650 yards, especially on a windy day.

Ilfracombe Golf Club

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Devon Coast, Ilfracombe Golf Club boasts one of the most spectacular locations in the South West for an exhilarating round of golf. The course is perched on top of the rugged cliffs and every tee has an awe-inspiring view over the sea to Lundy Island.

Lundy Island

Take a trip to Lundy on board the MS Oldenburg, which has a bar, a buffet, toilets and comfortable cabins for the two-hour trip to the stunning, untouched National Trust island. Visitors can explore a cave once used to contain prisoners, hike to the highest lighthouse in Britain, or see the Lundy cabbage which grows nowhere else in the world. There is also the islands unique flora and fauna, sika deer, soay sheep, ponies, goats, seals and an array of sea and land birdlife. There is also a pub and shop, so you can grab something to eat on this magnificent island.

Exmoor

Exmoor National Park is an inspiring landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland set over more than 267 square miles. With plenty of quirky villages to explore, you can easily spend days exploring the cosy pubs and tearooms, and sampling the delicious local produce, or simply just admiring the landscape and fantastic views while taking advantage of the hundreds of walks.

Gardens

Broomhill

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens lies in one of the most glorious valleys in North Devon, surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. Established in 1997 the garden has grown into one of the largest permanent collections of sculptures in the south west of England and is also a beautiful spot to get married. Broomhill even has an award winning restaurant for special occasions.

Castle Hill

Castle Hill is a 'garden for all seasons' there is such a variety of things to see, and activities for children to enjoy that you could spend all day here. Find the perfect spot to have a picnic, let the children run around and explore the family friendly 50-acre garden. There is also a superb tea room recently opened to enjoy a cream tea, a selection of cakes or even a light lunch after your walk.

Arlington Court

Arlington Court has over 2,700 acres to explore, and is the perfect place for families. Discover the carriage museum, which is home to 40 different vehicles, and enjoy lots of hands-on activities. There are also numerous family ranger days held here where you can come along and learn how to cook on a fire, build a shelter and even track animals.

RHS Garden Rosemoor

Set within the woodlands just outside Torrington, RHS Rosemoor is an ornamental garden with shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs. The gardens still have original features including the woodland garden and woodland banks, as well as a huge variety of ornamental woodland trees and shrubs. There is also the picturesque Queen Mother Rose Garden, which displays a marvellous collection of hybrid roses.

Boat trips

Ilfracombe Princess

Your chance to see the local coastal wildlife including seals, porpoises and dolphins. The Ilfracombe Princess is one of most technologically advanced passenger vessels in the United Kingdom and offers either an Exmoor Cruise or a Seals Cruise depending on what kind of areas and wildlife you would like to see.

Ilfracombe Sea Safari- Lundy Experience

Try the 4-hour tour of Lundy Island for a unique wildlife experience. The boat trip features a 20 mile trip out to Lundy Island in search of dolphins and porpoise, and sometimes even whales, before a close encounter with the islands 150 seals. Experience the magnificent views Lundy has to offer - the towering cliffs and beautiful untouched landscape make for an unforgettable day out with tonnes of photo opportunities.

Ilfracombe Sea Safari- East Meets West

This Sea Safari is two and a half hours long and is a combination of both the Exmoor Safari and the Seals and Lighthouse. This trip consists of travelling to the West for an hour to discover the Lighthouse and Seals, passing Lee Bay under the Torrs, before heading back up the coast passing Ilfracombe towards the Exmoor coast. On the way you will pass Watermouth Harbour, Broadsands Beach, Combe Martin bay then on to the Hangman Hills before returning to Ilfracombe.