Family Holidays in North Devon family holiday guide


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If you were to ask 10 people what they love most about North Devon, they would all give you a very different answer. From diverse landscapes to activities, attractions and the wide variety of cultural experiences on offer, North Devon quite literally has something that will appeal to absolutely everyone.

With so much to see and do, your family holiday to North Devon is really only limited by your own imagination. This is the ideal location to do what you love: spending time with your family and making memories that will last a lifetime. So, from characterful villages to an array of accessible family-friendly facilities to suit all ages and interests, let’s take a closer look at North Devon in our holiday guide below.

Here are the top 10 things we love about family holidays in North Devon:

  1. Everything you could ever want or need is with easy reach. Whether that be supermarkets, restaurants or shopping centres North Devon has the best of both worlds with amenities close by and being rural and peaceful.
  2. Whether you want to sunbathe, swim, explore or surf, there is a stretch of idyllic North Devon coastline with clean waters, excellent facilities and majestic scenery to suit your needs and preferences.
  3. North Devon is home to an array of charming towns and villages with outstanding restaurants, shops and attractions.
  4. Whether you want to explore the coast or the country, there are a plethora of safe cycle and walking trails to enjoy.
  5. From exotic street food to traditional seaside fare, Michelin starred restaurants and classic country pub cuisine, North Devon’s food and drink scene is a true gastronomic delight with something to suit everyone’s tastes.
  6. The attractions are diverse and exciting with something to amaze and delight visitors of all ages.
  7. North Devon has an excellent road, bus and train connections, making travelling a breeze.
  8. You can both explore your sense of adventure or indulge in some much-deserved rest and relaxation.
  9. There are plenty of parks, play areas and activities to keep you busy during all weathers.
  10. With everything from wildlife parks and boat trips to unspoilt islands on the cards, getting bored in North Devon simply isn’t possible.


North Devon’s golden soft sandy beaches are ideal for swimming, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, rock-pooling and much more. The landscape’s rugged moorlands provide spectacular views of undulating hills and verdant valleys, whilst the region’s dramatic coastline offers sweeping seascape vistas and intriguing trails.

Beyond the beaches and the untouched natural beauty of the wild inland landscapes, North Devon is also home to a wealth of incredible attractions that make it an ideal destination for families.


    • Food. Enjoy authentic and delicious Devonshire cream teas with warm scones, rich clotted cream and locally made fruity jam.
    • Beaches. Many of North Devon’s beaches are award-winning, making them a must-visit during your holiday.
    • Notable attractions: Nestled deep in the North Devon countryside, you will find the Milky Way Adventure Park and the Big Sheep where you will have the opportunity to feed lambs and meet aliens. Both offer fun for all the family and have been named as some of North Devon’s most popular attractions.
      • Woolacombe beach is one of North Devon’s finest beaches and has a family-friendly atmosphere that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Alternatively, you can search for exotic seashells on Barricane Beach, discover the intriguing rock pools on Mortehoe Beach, explore the wooded surroundings of Lynmouth Beach beside the Exmoor National Park or soak in the seaside atmosphere at Westward Ho!
    • Notable attractions. Nestled deep in the North Devon countryside, you will find the Milky Way Adventure Park and The Big Sheep where you will have the opportunity to feed lambs and meet aliens. Both offer fun for all the family and have been named as some of North Devon’s most popular attractions.
    • You could also choose to explore the Wild Flower Garden and spot mischievous gnomes at the Gnome Reserve, experience some of the world’s most diverse wildlife at Exmoor Zoo, and immerse yourself in North Devon’s lost world at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. Meet some cheeky meerkats, but watch out for the ferocious T-Rex!
    • Alternatively, you can get up close and personal with a variety of sea life at Ilfracombe aquarium or take a family pottery class and create your own special souvenirs at Tarka Pottery.
    • Cycle Trails. North Devon is a haven for walkers and cyclists as it has something to suit everyone, regardless as to whether you’re looking to enjoy a short trail or to soak in a variety of scenery on a long walk. There are picturesque parks, play areas, picnic spots and charming country pubs to stop in at along the way and you can also look forward to seeing a variety of wildlife including seals, deer, otters and birds in their natural habitats.
    • Visit Lundy. Situated 12 miles off the coast of Devon, Lundy is the largest unspoilt island in the Bristol Channel. Home to puffins, seals, seabirds and more, this island haven is a joy to explore.
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Family Holidays regions around North Devon

Family Holidays in Barnstaple

By the coast but with plenty of attractions, restaurants and shops to keep little ones entertained the area around Barnstaple is ideal for those with children.

Barnstaple Family Holidays

Family Holidays in Combe Martin

Combe Martin is waiting to welcome you to this beautiful part of North Devon. There is a good selection of places to stay, shops and cafés that are close to the beach.

Family Holidays Combe Martin

Family Holidays in Croyde

Croyde is a magical location with sandy beaches and spectacular scenery. The village is steeped in old-world charm with hints of tourism along the beachfront.

Family Holidays Croyde

Family Holidays in Exeter

A small city that packs a big punch, Exeter is one of the most vibrant, attractive and historically interesting cities in England with plenty of fun things to see and do.

Family Holidays Exeter

Family Holidays In Exmoor

Exmoor is an amazing place with a world-class view at every corner. Whether you're running a marathon on the cliffs or enjoying a cream tea, then Exmoor is the place to be.

Family Holidays Exmoor

Family Holidays in Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe is a seaside resort on the North Devon coast with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs. You will find plenty to do in and around Ilfracombe

Family Holidays Ilfracombe

Family Holidays in Lynmouth

The picturesque and unique twin villages invite you to discover what makes North Devon so special. Enjoy the National Park, historical sites and rich heritage.

Family Holidays Lynmouth

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