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Places of Interest

North Devon is infamous for it's breathtaking countryside and abundance of wildlife. Most of the coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with lovely beaches dotted along the way, with lovely gardens and the Cliff Railway at Lynton and Lynmouth there really is a lot of countryside and wildlife to see. But there are also lots of educational and historical things to see and do in North Devon too.

Hele Corn Mill - 350 yards

Hele Corn Mill (or 'Old Corn Mill') dates from 1525 and is a unique working watermill in North Devon. Located just 300m from stunning Hele Bay beach, a visit to the mill makes a perfect family visit. Guided tours are given by the family who run the mill, and children and adults alike will enjoy learning about the history of the mill, from how flour has been made here over the centuries, to some of the mishaps which have befallen the millers! To keep children entertained they have photo quiz, 'find the mice' and 'count the millstone' challenges. Opposite the mill is the Miller's Wife Tearoom, where you can relax and enjoy a traditional cream tea or a slice of one of our many delicious cakes, which are homemade every day! They offer fruit and plain scones as well as Devonshire Splits for a truly traditional Devon cream tea.

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Chambercombe Manor - 1 mile

The Chambercombe Manor is the most unique and intriguing property, steeped in history and legend is mentioned in the Domesday book. Chambercombe Manor was owned by the Champernon family from around 1162. In the early 16th century it became the property of Henry Duke of Suffolk father of the ill fated Lady Jane Grey. You can have take a tour and experience the spooky feel of the manor and then chat about how the manor made you feel over a traditional Devon cream tea.

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Ilfracombe Lifeboat House - 1 mile

Ilfracombe is extremely proud of its state of the art lifeboat station and brand new lifeboat the "The Barry and Peggy High Foundation".  The team at the lifeboat station are dedicated volunteers who are keen to spread the word on safety at sea throughout the community and to our visitors.  You can go in and have a look around the station and there will always be a team member to chat to.

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Damien Hurst's Verity - 1.5 miles

Take a walk down Ilfracombe pier and take a seat below our magnificent controversial statue " Verity".  Whatever your views on modern art, she really is a wondrous site to take in.  Created and gifted to Ilfracombe by Damien Hurst, who has lived for many years in the neighbouring village of Combe Martin, she was delivered to us in October 2012 and caused much debate between the locals, but love her or dislike her, she is now just one of the things that makes Ilfracombe truly unique.

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St Nicholas Chapel - 1.5 miles

Dating back to 1321 the chapel was built as a place of worship for the people of Ilfracombe living and working around the harbour. From the middle ages the chapel maintained a light to guide shipping into the harbour. It is still a working lighthouse today and is said to be the oldest in the country. When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1540 St Nicholas ceased to be a chapel. Between 1835 and 1871 a Mr John Davey lived in the chapel as lighthouse keeper raising a family of 14 children. The chapel was also used as a reading room and a laundry. Since then it remained much neglected until 1962 when it was restored by the Rotarians of the town. The chapel is today regarded as a special place of interest within the town and is an iconic landmark overlooking the harbour. The old porch has been transformed into a small chancel and occasional services are held there. The chapel is maintained by Ilfracombe Rotary Club and run largely by volunteers. It is free to look around but donations are welcome. All the money raised goes to charity.

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Ilfracombe Museum - 1.5 miles

The whole family will be intrigued by the variety of displays. Peer into drawers and peek into cupboards; wander through eight different rooms and uncover the museum’s hidden treasures. You won't be disappointed by your visit to one of North Devon's best museums!

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Combe Martin Museum - 4 miles

Combe Martin Museum is a registered charity and Accredited Museum virtually on the beach. Recently rehoused in a completely refurbished building they offer an attractive, interesting and easily accessible resource for anyone interested in the history of Combe Martin and the area surrounding the village. The museum is Makaton friendly and in the process of making the displays accessible to those with visual impairment and hearing loss.

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Marwood Hill Gardens - 8 miles

This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple.  Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950's the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere. The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family. The view across the valley from the Garden is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too.

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Braunton Museum - 9 miles

The Bakehouse Centre was specially converted from a former bakehouse and two cottages to house today's Museum. Museum Staff are pleased to welcome visitors and offer a guided tour if requested.

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Broomhill Sculpture Gardens - 9.5 miles

Broomhill is a late Victorian hotel set in 10 acres of a glorious valley 20 minutes drive from Hele Valley Holiday Park. The gardens contain over 300 sculptures, beautifully set into the landscape. There is an award-winning restaurant to relax and enjoy lunch in, and a collection of contemporary paintings and sculptures on sale in the art gallery. Beautiful and different!

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Arlington Court - 10 miles

Spend a day trawling the collections of eleven generations, walking in the manicured gardens and surrounding woodland, after all this enjoy a meal or a cream tea in the Victorian kitchen styled cafe.

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Barnstaple Pannier Market - 12 miles

Operating six days a week through most of the year the market offers a huge range of exciting fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, a fantastic range of antiques and collectables for all those Bargain Hunters among you and much much more. With a proud history and tradition the market has been voted amongst the top ten food markets in the country and any visit will bring the chance to enjoy this famous old building and to sample the friendly atmosphere generated by the traders and shoppers alike.

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Castle Hill Gardens - 12 miles

During the season you will receive a lovely welcome at the garden kiosk, younger visitors can then be directed to the Tanglewood Tree for an exhilarating climb on one of the gardens oldest trees in the garden. Truly 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 there. Why not take the family for a picnic, let the children run around, explore and learn in the safe environment of the family friendly 50 acre garden near South Molton.  After your walk go and enjoy a cream tea or local ice-cream at the garden kiosk.  Four legged friends on leads are welcome too!

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Woody Bay Train Station - 13 miles

The drive to this location is a pleasure in itself, when you arrive, you are greeted by dedicated volunteers, who will help you aboard the steam locomotive for an enjoyable journey.  Be sure to have tea in the quaint station cafe before you leave, the volunteers are delightful and always happy to help.

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Barnstaple Museum - 13 miles

Barnstaple Museum is the perfect way to find out more about North Devon. Their collections and displays cover the natural and human history of this beautiful part of the country. Highlights of the Museum include the Tarka Gallery, the Story of North Devon and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry. The museum includes a Gift Shop, Tearoom, Tourist Information and Visitor Reception. With a packed program of temporary exhibitions and events, there's something for everyone.

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Glen Lyn Gorge - 17 miles

A gentle walk leads to Moses' Pool deep within the wooded gorge, where you can peacefully sit beside the river. Lovely waterfalls lead to an impressive ravine. Discover how the power of the tides have influenced Lynmouth's special history. Enjoy learning about renewable energy in a natural environment... See how environmentally friendly power can help provide us with a sustainable future without adding to global warming and climate change.

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The Cliff Railway, Lynton & Lynmouth - 17 miles

The cliff railway at Lynton and Lynmouth is one spectacular way to view the stunning coastal scenery without leaving dry land! The railway is a unique Victorian Water Powered Lift, which joins the two villages. Lynmouth is a fishing harbour and from here you have access to the riverside walks through stunning gorges. Set high above the harbour is a few minutes drive from the famous Valley of the Rocks.

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Lee Abbey - 19 miles

Lee Abbey is a Christian retreat set in an amazing setting, although this retreat is generally used for longer stays, you can visit here as a day visitor and take in the breathtaking scenery, explore the history of the buildings and maybe even join the community for a meal.  Visiting Lee Abbey is best paired with a visit to the very close Valley of the Rocks.

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Valley of the Rocks - 19 miles

Words are not enough to describe this stunning site.  Its breathtaking beauty can not be matched.  The valley is quite often used as a backdrop for films and adverts, when you visit, you will see why.  Parking is close and you can enjoy a lovely snack and drink in the tea gardens while you are there.

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Tapeley Park Gardens - 20 miles

The Gardens at Tapeley Park are a magical balance of nature and nurture. From the formal terraces to the natural grace of the Lake, it feeds the spirit and cleanses the heart of all who see it and experience its beauty. With thoughtful woodland walks, abundant organic vegetable gardens and surprising animal encounters, a day at Tapeley Park is truly a day to remember.

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Cobbaton Combat Collection - 20 miles

"A hobby that got out of hand". A dedicated collector collected and restored vehicles and military equipment and displays them in two hanger like buildings.  This really is a little treasure trove if you have a passion for the history and relics of war.

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Doone Valley - 23 miles

Doone valley is famous for the Lorna Doone novel by R.D Blackmore.  It is set in a very steep valley approximately one mile inland from Countisbury Hill, North of Lynmouth.  This picturesque valley is wonderful for walking, it has public footpath meandering through the farmland.  If you visit the Doone Valley you must visit the village of Brendon and have a pasty or a ploughmans in one of the traditional West country Inns.  A must for walkers.

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Dartington Crystal - 23 miles

Take a tour around the Dartington factory and watch the crystal being made.  Afterwards you can take a look around the visitor centre, enjoy a light bite in the Pavilion Cafe and then treat yourself to some souvenir crystal in the gift shop.

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Quinze Honey Farm - 23 miles

Explore the fascinating honey story from Bee to breakfast! There is something for everyone at this North Devon attraction, grandparents, parents and children will all enjoy learning about how honey is made in fun and creative ways.  After a fun time you can have a cuppa in the cafe while the children make good use of the play area.

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RHS Rosemoor Gardens - 26 miles

Rosemoor is a mature garden of national importance, acclaimed by gardeners everywhere. It holds a rich variety of themed gardens, from the Formal garden, to the Foliage Garden and everything in between. Whatever the season, Rosemoor is a unique and enchanting place for gardening inspiration or simply for a tranquil place to relax.

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Clovelly - 33 miles

Discover the timeless village of Clovelly perched on the side of the North Devon cliffs. The village and its church date back to the 13th century and it really appears to have changed little since. No cars are allowed down its famous cobbled main street, and goods are still transported up and down the very steep hill by sledge. At the top of the village is a very well equipped Visitor centre with a café and shops. Well worth a visit, but don’t wear your high heels!

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Hartland Abbey and Gardens - 37 miles

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. The beautiful 18th Century Walled and Woodland gardens, the walks and the parkland provide visitors with extensive grounds through which to wander and enjoy the stunning valley leading down to the rugged Atlantic cove. Children enjoy the freedom to explore the open spaces and winding paths and love meeting the resident donkeys Becky and Snowdrop, the wandering peacocks and flock of black Welsh Mountain sheep. The Quiz and the Nature Trail are great ways to keep children amused!

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Docton Mill - 38 miles

Docton Mill Wild Flower Gardens are situated in a stunning valley, 1000m from the coast. The Garden started in the 1930’s but fell into disrepair in the 1970’s. 1980 saw the Mill renovated and Garden cleared with extensive planting and the creation of a new Bog Garden and borders, vast numbers of trees were planted. The start of the new Millennium saw developments including a new Magnolia Garden with large Herbaceous borders, Woodland Garden and Greenhouse area enabling more extensive plant propagation.  The Wild Flower Gardens theme is to make everything as natural as possible. In spring there are displays of narcissi, primulas, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas with bluebells covering the woods. In summer the garden abounds with roses, there is a rose bank of Felicia and Pax and adjacent to this is the Herbaceous border. In this field there are 25 varieties of magnolia - truly a garden to give variety throughout the seasons.  Devon is famous for cream teas and Docton Mill Gardens is no exception. They have a beautiful tea room, supplying local, home grown produce (including a seafood salads, rolls and variety of desserts) and, of course, cream teas.

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