Things to do in Lynton & Lynmouth

There’s more to do in Lynton & Lynmouth than you think. Exmoor and North Devon have some great activities and places to visit. Here’s our top things to do while you’re staying at Highcliffe House.

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The world’s steepest and longest
 water-powered funicular railway. It's the easiest and most fun way to travel between Lynton & Lynmouth. [read more]

Lyn & Exmoor Museum

A glimpse into the farming and domestic lives of historic Lynton and Lynmouth.

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
A single track, narrow-gauge railway 
with steam trains, and tea room. [read more]

Lynton Cinema

Lynton is the smallest UK town to have 
its own cinema with Dolby SR sound.

Lyn Valley Art & Crafts Centre

Based in a converted church, it offers a unique collection of locally sourced goods and hand-made gifts in North Devon.

Forget some walking gear? Want to buy more? Churchills has everything a walker needs.

Lyn Candles

If you love the smell in Highcliffe House, or love candles then head to Lyn Candles for a great selection of candles and diffusers.

Toy Museum & Shop
Travel back in time to your childhood and browse though this treasure trove of toys and games from years gone by.  Don't be surprised if you find yourself exclaiming 'I had one of those...' several times.

Art Galleries

Both Lynton & Lynmouth have many great galleries offering every style of art you like.

Lynmouth 1952 Flood Memorial

A permanent exhibition featuring a scale model of Lynmouth, pre-flood, along with images and footage of the buildings which were destroyed.

Lynmouth Pavilion

Discover more about history and wildlife of Exmoor, and enjoy food & drink in the café.

Glen Lyn Gorge

A short walk, beautiful waterfalls, and learn about hydro-electric power.

Lyn Model Railway

This is a working model of a 1935-40 London and North Eastern Railway.

Lynmouth Putting Green & Tennis

Enjoy a lazy afternoon playing golf 
or an invigorating game of Tennis.

Valley of Rocks

A 2-3 mile circular walk from Lynton via the South West Coastal path to the beautiful Valley of Rocks, and beyond.

Watersmeet (National Trust)

A 5-6 mile circular walk along a dramatic river gorge and woodland with tea room.

Countisbury Hill via Watersmeet

A long 6-7 mile circular walk made famous by TV’s Julia Bradbury. Very steep climbs.

There are some incredible places to eat, from home-cooking to Michelin stars.

Cafes & Tea Shops

Drop in to some of the areas best places 
for a delicious Devon cream tea or snack.

Local Pubs

At some point, along every walking path
is a great pub serving excellent food.

Tarr Steps

An ancient stone clapper bridge over
the River Barle, with a great tea room.

Exmoor Safaris

Enjoy one of many jeep safaris across the moors, see local and unique flora & fauna.


Go horse-riding across the moors or through valleys, spectacular scenery.

Kayaking or Paddle-boarding

Explore the Exmoor coast from the sea.

Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre

Enjoy a bird of prey experience with hawks and owls, and a great tea garden.

Exmoor Zoo
Spend the day with over 600 wild animals in 15-acres of countryside.

Boat rides

Take a boat ride to see the coast from 
a different aspect, or visit Lundy Island.

Arlington Court (National Trust)

A regency house, tea rooms and gardens with Carriage Museum.

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

A Victorian art hotel with pretty gardens and views, containing contemporary sculptures.

Marwood Hill Gardens and Nursery

A privately owned traditional garden 
with tea room and specialist nursery.

Chambercombe Manor

A 11th century haunted house with beautiful gardens and tea room.

Dunster Castle

A National Trust owned stronghold towering above the picturesque village of Dunster

RHS Rosemoor

Stunning gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society with tea room.

One of the steepest cobbled fishing towns in England, with beautiful petit harbour.

Lee Bay (Lee Abbey)
A pretty rocky beach approx. 45-mins walk from Highcliffe House.

3-miles of rock-free, golden sand, the best in North Devon. Approx. 30-mins drive.

Saunton Sands
3.5-miles of rock-free, golden sand. Unique sand dunes. Approx. 40-mins drive.