Explore North Devon, Exmoor and Somerset

Discover the delights of North Devon, Exmoor and Somerset. With stunning beaches, historic buildings, rugged coastline and spectacular views, it's the perfect destination to escape. Here's some ideas of places to explore nearby.

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

A house filled with travellers’ treasures, and a museum exploring 19th-century travel, set in a historic wooded estate.

Don’t miss: a display of over 40 carriages, from grand state coaches to humble governess carts.

Baggy Point, Woolacombe and Mortehoe

All the spectacular contrasts of the North Devon coast: big sandy surf beaches, and wild and lonely headlands just waiting to be explored.

Don’t miss: the adventure of a day trip out to Lundy Island from Bideford or Ilfracombe.

Watersmeet

Great walking country with 40 miles of footpaths: a landscape that inspired the Romantic poets with its wooded gorges, tumbling Exmoor rivers and some of England’s tallest cliffs.

Heddon Valley

This dramatically deep, steep valley is the gateway to the wild West Exmoor coast, and spectacular walks to Heddon’s Mouth, Woody Bay and Hangman Hills.

Dunster Castle

All the drama of a mighty Norman fortress built high on a hill, which evolved through the centuries into a sumptuous Victorian home.

Don’t miss: exploring the vaulted Victorian reservoir beneath the Keep Garden and the working watermill.

Holnicote estate

A huge rural estate of classic and timeless Exmoor landscapes, which you can explore on over 150 miles of footpaths, cycle trails and bridleways. Discover more at the Trust car parks at Selworthy, Bossington, Horner Wood and Webber’s Post.

Don’t miss: the long pebbly sweep of Bossington Beach, the thatched cottages and medieval church in Selworthy and the panoramic views from Dunkery Beacon – Exmoor’s highest point.

Coleridge Cottage

The Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in this humble cottage, brought to life today as a hands-on re-creation of his world.

Don’t miss: relaxing with a book in the reading room, or listening to poetry in the garden Drawing water from the 18th-century well.

Fyne Court

The ultimate lost garden, a wilderness and wildlife haven with old boathouse and folly, walled garden, woods and meadows to play in and explore.

Don’t miss: walking up nearby Broomfield Hill to survey the southern Quantocks.

Knightshayes

A Gothic dream of a house, a ‘medieval’ world created in Victorian times, with richly decorated interiors; outside, the garden is one of Devon’s finest.

Don’t miss: the large turreted walled kitchen garden, which supplies the café with veg and fruit and the quirky carvings, gargoyles and heraldic dogs.

Wellington Monument

The tallest three-sided obelisk in the world, built to honour the Duke of Wellington, stands high on the edge of the Blackdown Hills surrounded by woods.

Cheddar Gorge

England’s largest gorge, a spectacular limestone canyon 400ft deep and 3 miles long, with sheer cliffs and abundant wildlife.

Brean Down

Jutting into the Bristol Channel, this ‘natural pier’ has huge views, masses of history and archaeology, a sandy beach with rock pools, abundant birds and flowers.