Things to do in North Devon

Get the most from your stay at Saunton Sands Hotel and explore North Devon. Enjoy a break filled with adventure, outstanding attractions and beautiful beaches. 

To give you a helping hand, we've pulled together a list of some of the things to do in Barnstaple, Braunton and the surrounding area. 

Plus,  we have arranged exclusive discounts for you with many of our top local attractions, saving you money on fabulous days out in North Devon. To find out more, click here.

Air Extreme - Indoor Trampoline Park

Air Extreme - Indoor Trampoline Park

10% off when you stay with us. 

Bounce, flip and let loose on the wall-to-wall trampolines inside Air Extreme for an exciting activity for all the family. Situated in Barnstaple (25 minutes from us), the park offers a wide range of fun sessions from disco to fitness.

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Becky Falls

Becky Falls

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!

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Broomhill Estate

Broomhill Estate

10% off sculpture park entry when you stay with us

A sanctuary for fine arts set in a 103 acre estate with over 200 sculptures.

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Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

See African lions, wolves, sea lions and meerkats, as well as spectacular dinosaur models.

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Clovelly

Clovelly

A gorgeous working fishing village, teetering to a 400-foot cliff, overlooking Bideford Bay. The cobbled steep path to the sea houses numerous independent shops, pubs and cafes. The donkeys’ trotting to and fro is also a lovely sight to behold.

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Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

See the world-famous range of Dartington Crystal and try your hand at glass blowing. From the Visitor Centre, you'll learn all about the glassmaker's history, see their famous creations and shop to you drop for homeware and gift items. Then it's time for a tour of the factory to see the glassmakers at work, blowing and shaping glass to create pieces you may have at home. 

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Easiglide segway experience

Easiglide segway experience

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.

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Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo

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.

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Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Hartland Abbey & Gardens

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.

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H20 Outdoor

H20 Outdoor

10% off when you stay with us

H20 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. 

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Keypitts Activity Centre

Keypitts Activity Centre

10% off when you stay with us

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

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Lundy Island

Lundy Island

Catch the MS Oldenburg ship from either Bideford or Ilfracombe to the spectacular three-mile-long unspoilt island (hopefully catching sight of some dolphins along the way) and roam the landmass for the rich diversity of wildlife, while submerging in the fascinating history of Lundy Island.

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Lynton and Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth

Two twin villages interconnected by a funicular Cliff Railway, which is powered solely by water, is worth taking a little time to sightsee. Lynmouth lays on the base, with plenty of quirky shops and cafes to see, before taking the trip up via the railway to Lynton and discovering more splendid local gems.

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Marwood Hill Gardens

Marwood Hill Gardens

Only 4 miles from Barnstaple, Marwood Hill Gardens is an excellent 20-acre private garden and lakes, with a Garden Tea Room and wonderful views.

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Milky Way Adventure Park

Milky Way Adventure Park

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.

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Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Learn all about the natural and human history of beautiful North Devon.  

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North Devon Wake Park

North Devon Wake Park

An action-packed day out perfect for friends and family who want to take on a exhilarating day of activities at the Aqua Park. Activities include wakeboarding, paddleboarding, volleyball and slacklining.

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Oskc water sports

Oskc water sports

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.

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Quince Honey Farm

Quince Honey Farm

Discover the hidden world of bees at this delightful family-run farm in South Molton. Since upping sticks and relocating to a bigger location, the site now holds a gorgeous stretch of gardens to roam while keeping the same glorious activities – from a beekeeping tour or experience to candle rolling and honey tasting.

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RHS Garden Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor

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

Nestled deep in the Devonshire countryside, RHS Garden Rosemoor is situated in the Torridge Valley. It provides a beautifully vibrant space, filled with plenty of gardens and woodland walks to explore the seasonal flora. Keep your eyes peeled for enthralling events and shows.

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Rock and Rapid Adventures

Rock and Rapid Adventures

We can organise a day of coasteering in Croyde with a local specialist, Rock and Rapid Adventures. They will provide all the equipment and training you need for an amazing experience, as you swim, climb and jump your way along the dramatic North Devon coast.

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South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

We’re located on the South West Coast Path and just a stone’s throw from Braunton Burrows, part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to 500 species of wild flowers and rare wildlife. Other stunning close walks (which are good for all the family) to try are to Baggy Point in Croyde and Crow Point at the southern end of Braunton Burrows.

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Stuart Line Cruises

Stuart Line Cruises

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.

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Tapeley Park

Tapeley Park

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.

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Tarka Pottery

Tarka Pottery

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.

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The Big Sheep

The Big Sheep

The perfect family day out, with live shows, farmyard animals, rides and entertainment.

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The Tarka Trail

The Tarka Trail

Enjoy a breathtaking day of cycling along the unique trail based on the famous book, Tarka The Otter. The perfect way to enjoy some of the most stunning scenery and views in Britain.

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Walking on Waves

Walking on Waves

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.  

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Watermouth Castle

Watermouth Castle

A beautiful Victorian castle holding unique treasures and collections is adjacent to a family theme park with electrifying rides and soft play areas for little ones, all set within picturesque gardens to wander.

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