Places to Visit Page

North Devon is home to some of the most beautiful and interesting towns and villages, as well as Exmoor National Park and Lundy Island, all of which are well worth spending time at when staying at Northleigh House. To help you plan your stay we have provided some information on just a few of the local places that we think are worth visiting when staying in North Devon.


The Victorian harbour town of Ilfracombe has become increasingly more popular in recent years with its harbour and seafront area being one of the best places to enjoy local seafood or just watch the boats as they come in and out, it is also home to contemporary artist Damian Hirst’s statue ‘Verity’. From Ilfracombe visitors can set sail on a sea safari or head over to Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, fishing charters are also available. Attractions in Ilfracombe include the aquarium, a swimming pool and a theatre showing a variety of shows. 

Appledore and Instow

Located on the Torridge Estuary are Appledore and Instow two beautiful waterfront villages known for their association with the art world. Both villages have some excellent places to eat, and Instow itself has a dog friendly beach backed by sand dunes where you can enjoy a wonderful walk. During high season the two villages are not only linked by roads but you can also take a boat across the estuary. 

Lundy Island

The island of Lundy sits in the Bristol Channel and is great for a day trip. From Easter to October depending on the seas you can set sail for Lundy from either Bideford or Ilfracombe on the MS Oldenburg, alternatively you can take a helicopter to the island. Lundy is known for its beautiful flora and fauna and offers some spectacular walks, it also has its own pub and is home to some puffins. For experienced scuba divers there are some excellent dives around the island to enjoy.

Exmoor National Park

The large Exmoor National Park is only a short drive from Northleigh House and is well worth a visit when staying in North Devon. Whether walking over the heather clad moors or strolling alongside one of the many rivers the park offers something for everyone to admire. Look out for the red deer and Exmoor ponies or look to the sky to spot one of the many buzzards flying overhead. Complete your visit to the park with a traditional cream tea in a cosy tea room like the one found beside Tarr Steps near Dulverton. For a special summer picnic check out Landacre Bridge!

Lynton and Lynmouth 

Exmoor meets the sea at Lynmouth, a small seaside village with several shops and cafes. This quirky village fondly known as ‘Little Switzerland’ is linked to Lynton, the higher of the two villages not only by road but also the water powered Cliff Railway. Attractions near here include Watersmeet, the Valley of the Rocks, the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway and Heddons Mouth. 

The Beaches

A visit to North Devon would not be complete without spending time on one of the incredible beaches. The coastline is famed for its long stretches of golden sands at the likes of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton all of which are great for sunbathing, walks and water sports. You can also discover some pretty, hidden coves around North Devon many of which are more difficult to access but offer great privacy, these include Woody Bay, Peppercombe and Broadsands.