Exmoor General Interest Attractions

Tourist Attractions around Exmoor in West Somerset and North Devon.

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 1. Cleeve Abbey
 2. Coldharbour Mill
 3. Combe Sydenham Fishery
 4. Dartington Crystal
 5. Dunster Working Water Mill
 6. Exmoor Brass Rubbing Centre
 7. Exmoor Safari 
 8. Exmoor Wildlife Safari
10. Glen Lyn Gorge
11. Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
12. Quince Honey Farm
13. Sheppy's Cider Farm
14. Tarka Trail Cycle Hire
15. Torre Cider Farm
16. West Somerset Railway
17. Wild Badger Magic
18. Wimbleball Lake
19. Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
20. Dunkery Vinyard

Sheppy's Cider Farm


Cleeve Abbey
"One of the few 13th-century monastic sites where you can still see such a complete set of cloister buildings". Some of England's finest cloisters.  "Magnificent architecture. Rare Cistercian wall paintings.  Peaceful, riverside location".

Location:Washford,  E of Minehead, quarter mile S of the A39.
Tel(01984) 640377


Coldharbour Mill
Working Wool Museum.  "Step back and experience life in the past."
"All-weather attraction with so much to see and do.  Impressive industrial heritage museum in the heart of Devon.  Exciting guided tours of working spinning & weaving machines in a Victorian factory.  Two giant mill engines and 1888 Lancashire boiler.  Fantastic New World Tapestry.
Mill Shop, selling gifts, souvenirs, knitted yarn, woven cloth and Devon Tartan."  Also Mill Cafe.

Location Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3EE
Tel (01884) 840960


Combe Sydenham
Country Park with fishery

Location Monksilver, Taunton, Somerset.
Tel (01984)656364


Dartington Crystal
Visit the Dartington Crystal factory and watch skilled craftsmen blowing and shaping beautiful crystal glass.  Free Parking. 12,000 sq.ft. of world class shopping in the factory shops.

Location Dartington Crystal Ltd, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 7AN
Tel 01805 626262


Dunster Working Water Mill
National Trust

"The West Country's finest working water mill. Built 1680, the mill is set in magnificent surroundings alongside the River Avill, only minutes from Dunster Castle and the High St.  See how flour is produced as the wheat grain is fed down to the grinding stones before being bagged up for local bakeries.  Fascinating collection of ancient agricultural machinery in the integral museum."
Shop, Tea room and Garden
Parking nearby
Location Mill Lane, Dunster TA24 6SW
Tel (01643)821759


Exmoor Brass Rubbing & Hobbycraft Centre
"Fun for all the family.  Over 150 brasses and Special  Rubbing Plates.  Instruction, supervision and materials provided.  Fun for all ages.  School, Youth Group and Disabled Parties welcome."

Open  Daily most of the year but check by telephone
Admission Free.  Visitors only pay for their rubbings
Location Victorian Brass Rubbing Emporium, Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Combe Martin, N. Devon, EX34 0NG
Tel (01271) 882486


Exmoor Safari
"The Original Exmoor Safari.  Established 1983.  Viewing Wild Red Deer.
All aspects of local wildlife explained.  Morning, Afternoon and Evening excursions.  2 - 2.5 hours."

Departs from The White Horse Inn, Exford
To Book for this unique trip please telephone (01643) 831229 or 831112


Exmoor Wildlife Safaris
As seen on TV.  For Bookings please telephone 01643-851386


Glen Lyn Gorge
"The Power Of Water".  A Site of Special Scientific Interest,  don't miss this spectacular gorge, through which poured the waters of the 1952 Lynmouth Flood Disaster.
The informative 'Power of Water' exhibition shows some of the water from the West Lyn River producing environmentally friendly hydro-electricity for the community.
Lovely woodland walks by the waterfalls. Children can operate the giant water wheel.  Water cannons too!!

Location Entrance at Lynmouth crossroads, 200yards upstream from the harbour.


Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
A Unique Victorian water powered Lift linking Lynton with Lynmouth for foot passengers.  "Devon's top tourist attraction".  A remarkable and unique ride, which is also very useful. see Lynton Village Guide.

Location Next to the town hall in Lynton or the sea front in Lynmouth.
Tel (01598)753486  E-mail: enquiries@cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk


Quince Honey Farm
The world's largest exhibition of living honey bees.  Indoor apiary with 20 colonies of bees in natural habitats.  Hives which open at the touch of a button to show the bees living and working inside.  The complete honey production process explained and demonstrated.  An all-weather attraction.
Large Car park and picnic area.  Britain's biggest honey farm."

Location South Molton, N. Devon, EX36 3AZ
Tel (01769) 572401


Sheppy's Cider Farm
"Since the early 1800's  the Sheppy family has been making cider in the West Country.  From 1925 they have been renowned for their quality ciders, which have gained them over 200 awards and 2 gold medals. You've just got to taste it to see why!".
Cider shop;  Sampling;  Museum;  Nature walks;  Licensed tea room;  pre-booked guided tours.

Location Three Bridges, Bradford on Tone, Taunton, TA4 1ER
Tel (01823) 461233


Tarka Trail Cycle Hire
"Enjoy the Peace & Quiet, the Scenic Beauty & Safety of the Tarka trail.
Up to 21 Miles of Level, Scenic, Traffic Free Cycle Track. There's something to offer everyone from the cycling enthusiast to railway buffs, scenic view's over river and estuary and is a bird watchers paradise."
Extensive range of cycles to hire; Adults, kids, baby seats, trailer bikes etc.
Booking advisable in the summer (can be by phone)

Location The Railway Station, Barnstaple, Devon
Tel (01271) 324202


Torre Cider Farm
"Free cider tasting straight from the barrel.  Enjoy coffee, lunches, home-made cakes or cream teas in our new tea room.  
Relax with a glass of country wine or traditional cider.  Visit Cynthia, our Gloucester Old Spot pig  or feed the piglets.  Browse through our farm shop.  View our video on the fascinating world of cider making."

Location Washford, Watchet, TA23 0LA.  Follow the brown tourism signs from the A39 in Washford.
Tel (01984)  640004


West Somerset Railway
"Britain's longest preserved railway.  Steam trains to the seaside.  
20 miles of steam-Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) to Minehead.  10 restored stations.  Plenty of 'olde world atmosphere'.  Many regular services.  A great day out for all the family."
Opensee their website for timetables and ticket prices
Location The Station, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5BG
Tel (01643) 704996       
24 hr talking timetable: (01643) 707650

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Wild Badger Magic
"Right before your eyes!.  Fully illuminated above and below ground.  Comfortable hide at the edge of their natural sett.
Booking essential.
Devon Badger Watch"

Location Near Tiverton
Tel (01398) 351506



Wimbleball Lake
Large man-made reservoir which is well naturalised.  Lakeside walks and lovely views,  picnic and play areas,  camping.  Lunches, cream teas, locally crafted gifts and books. 
Trout fishing (boat & bank).  Sailing Club.

Clatworthy Reservoir is another scenic lake a couple of miles East of Wimbleball with fishing and lakeside walks and Nature Trail.

Open all year
Location Brompton Regis, Near Dulverton. Follow the brown signs.


Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Owned by a Registered Charity and consequently run "Not For Profit" - we offer narrow gauge train rides in Exmoor National Park at Woody Bay Station North Devon - England's highest narrow gauge railway station

Open: End Mar-end Oct plus - see service timetable on website
Location: Woody Bay, Parracombe, EX31 4RA
On A39 half way between Blackmoor Gate and Lynton.
Tel: (01598) 763487

20 Dunkery Vineyard
Seven acres of of vines in a beautiful area of the Exmoor National Park and one of the finest wineries in England.  Owner Derek Pritchard is one of the most experienced English wine producers.  His wines are made in the classical way with a minimum of processing, so that the natural grape flavours come through in the wine: he grows more than 12 vine varieties.  Derek will give you a very interesting tour of the estate and winery (sometimes lasting 2 hours) and there are wines to taste (and purchase if you wish).  The scenery and wildlife are magnificent - the vineyards share an abundance: red deer, roe deer, badgers, foxes, pheasants, partridges, buzzards, green woodpeckers, goldcrests and flocks of goldfinches.

Location: Wootton Courtenay, near Dunster, Somerset, TA24 8RD
Tel: (01643) 841505