There are some incredible attractions in and around Exmoor that are suitable for all ages no matter what the weather. So, whether you are looking for a family attraction with indoor play area or a stately house with plenty of outside space we have somewhere to recommend.
Situated in South Molton is Quince Honey Farm, home to the world’s largest exhibition of honeybees. The attraction lets its visitors see a range of displays and learn fun facts before getting up close to a working hive.
As well as a selection of daily activities there is also an
onsite shop selling honey and beeswax products, a nice café serving homemade
food and the Happy Bee Play Hive, where you will find a large indoor soft play
The stunning National Trust managed Arlington Court in North Devon is a wonderful regency house that was once owned by the Chichester family and it provides a great insight into their lives. The house also has some beautiful grounds, full of secret ponds and gardens, as well as a carriage museum.
Throughout the year Arlington Court holds a number of
seasonal events that are guaranteed to keep even the youngest members of the
Knightshayes is a stunning gothic, Victorian mansion set in beautiful countryside just outside Tiverton in Devon. The National Trust managed property offers plenty to see for everyone, from looming gargoyles and incredible carvings, such as the seven deadly sins, to the medieval great hall complete with minstrel’s gallery.
Knightshayes also has an exhibition dedicated to the extraordinary career of Joyce Wethered, the last family member to live on the estate, and the reputed ‘greatest lady golfer of all time’.
When visiting Knightshayes make sure you check out the
excellent onsite café, as well as the plants that are grown onsite and are sold
in the shop.
Killerton House was built in the 18th century and provides a vivid history of the Aclands, one of Devon’s oldest families, who were happy to give away their family home because of their political beliefs.
The Georgian house, which is set within a 6,000-acre estate
has plenty to offer its visitors including wonderful gardens, an iron age hill
fort and ‘Gems’ a fashion exhibition of costumes.
Castle Hill house and its gardens are steeped in history and are home to the Fortescue Family. Today, it is lovely cared for by the Earl and Countess of Arran and provides a great day out for all the family.
The estate offers acres of stunning woodland, beautiful
gardens, 18th century bridges and a series of temples to explore.
The estate also often hosts several events, so it is always worth having a look
at to see what is going on.
Rock and Rapid Adventures in South Molton, Devon is a specialist in providing a great selection of outdoor activities such as coasteering, climbing, abseiling, kayaking and canoeing. The team of qualified experts cater for both groups and individuals.
For all ages and abilities there is the indoor climbing
wall, which is the largest in North Devon. There is also a café for those that
just want to watch as other have fun on the wall.
Dunster Castle is sited on a wooded hill just outside Minehead in Somerset. The castle has spectacular views of the coastline, Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. The castle has existed since the Norman times and its impressive gatehouse and ruined tower give a reminder of its turbulent history.
For more than 600 years the castle was owned by the Luttrell
Family who converted it into a lavish country home and resided here until the
end of the 20th century. Today the house is managed by the National
Trust as a tourist attraction with guests able to explore the castle and
The Holnicote Estate is set over more than 12,000 acres of Exmoor and is located between Minehead and Porlock. The National Trust managed estate offers some of the most beautiful views of the National Park and also incorporates five picturesque village, as well as a shingle beach and an ancient woodland.
Holnicote is a wonderful place to visit for walkers with
more than 100 miles of well maintained footpaths available for exploring. You
can also wander around the villages, including Selworthy or walk to the highest
point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon.