Wild Exmoor ponies on the moor North Devon

Things To See & Do

Explore North Devon & Exmoor

There is a wealth of experiences and places to explore during your stay at Chough's Nest Hotel, so why not take a look at some of the amazing North Devon and Exmoor attractions and activities you can do on your holiday?

Visit historic houses, beautiful gardens and the golden beaches of North Devon. Take a thrilling ride on a heritage steam engine or a boat trip to explore Lundy Island. There are so many day-trips and excursions to experience and enjoy while you are here.

If you are looking for more to do closer to the hotel, view our list of activites and attractions to visit in Lynton & Lynmouth. Most are just a short walk from Chough's Nest.

Attractions & Activites

West Somerset Railway

20 miles of heritage railway through stunning Somerset countryside and coast.

Trains run regularly between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard, Taunton with 8 picturesque stops including Dunster, Blue Anchor and Watchet. It's the longest heritage railway in Britain and makes for a great day out while staying at Chough's Nest.

Visit their website for information, prices and the latest timetables.

Location: Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG

The West Somerset Railway

Dartington Crystal

The home of British handcrafted crystal, don't miss the chance to watch skilled craftsmen and women shaping raw molten glass into intricate designs and high quality homeware.

Dartington Crystal Factory experience is a fantastic North Devon attraction with a new visitor centre and the opportunity to purchase some luxury crystal in their factory shop.

Location: Torrington, Devon, EX38 7AN

Visit Dartington Crystal factory

Exmoor Red Stag Safari

Enjoy unparalleled views of Exmoor with a safari experience from Red Stag Safari.

There's a chance to see Exmoor wildlife on the open moors, including wild Red Deer and Exmoor Ponies as well as fox, hares and birds of prey.

Safari departure points closest to the hotel include Porlock and Exford, but they can be flexible, so call or email them to discuss requirements.

Location: across Exmoor

Exmoor Red Stag Safaris

Hele Corn Mill & Tea Rooms

Hele Cornmill is a unique 16th century water mill in North Devon, located just outside of Ilfracombe, near the stunning Hele Bay Beach.

As well as experiencing a fully working water mill, Hele Corn Mill serves wonderful lunches and afternoon teas in their award-winning tea rooms and gardens.

Opening times do vary, so please check their website and Facebook pages for news and times.

Location: Hele, near Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9QY

Hele corn mill in North Devon

Exmoor Zoo

With over 170 species in 12 acres of lushly planted Exmoor countryside the zoo is a popular visitor attraction right in the heart of North Devon.

Open most of the year, they host educational talks and scheduled feeding times throughout the day which focus on a variety of topics and subjects about their mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Visit their website for information on admission prices and events.

Location: Bratton Fleming, North Devon, EX31 4SG

Exmoor Zoo home of the exmoor beast

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Adventures is an e-bike hire and activity base, located at beautiful Porlock Weir. With calm Porlock bay to the North and incredible rolling hills of Exmoor to the South, they are perfectly positioned for a range of exciting outdoor activities.

Find your next Exmoor adventure with their range of mountain biking, kayaking, archery, paddleboarding activities and more...

Visit their website for the full list of activites and prices.

Location: Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8PE

Exmoor Adventures and bicycle hire