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Your stay in Appledore

Visit North Devon and you’ll want to stay forever.  With stunning coastlines, two National Parks and five official Areas of Outstanding Beauty on our doorstep, you’re in for a relaxing yet action-packed stay with us. 


Our charming village sits at the confluence of the Taw and Torridge rivers with stunning views across to Instow. Appledore is famous for the simple seaside pleasures and ‘picture postcard’ moments that we all know and love. Step out for a gentle stroll along the quayside, and explore the maze of winding cobbled streets lined with the prettiest of pastel-coloured houses. Be sure to have a mooch around the eclectic mix of independent shops selling antiques, trinkets, and local crafts.

Lundy Island

A day trip to Lundy makes for an unforgettable experience, with stunning natural rugged beauty, it’s a walker’s paradise. Most day visitors travel on Lundy’s own ferry and supply ship, the graceful German-built MS Oldenburg, which is an experience in its own right.  Built in 1958 the vessel retains many of her original charm. The ship sails at least three times a week from either Bideford or Ilfracombe and the crossing takes about 2 hours each way, allowing between 4 and 6 hours to explore the island depending on the day you choose to travel.

Instow Beach

Why not take a trip across the water and hop aboard the seasonal ferry which runs at high tide from Appledore quayside to the sweeping sandy beach of Instow. Pop into the Boathouse and say hello to ‘Captain’ Brendan and his friendly team, sample the abundance of fresh day boat fish and seafood on the daily specials. Save some time for a barefoot wander along the shoreline or sit and admire the colourful fishing boats bobbing about on the water, this is definitely a beach in North Devon worth writing home about.


The Big Sheep

Looking for a guaranteed day out that’s fun for the whole family? Look no further than The BIG Sheep. Rain or shine, this award-winning family attraction promises an action-packed day of excitement. With rides, live entertainment, animals, indoor play areas, and of course the famous sheep racing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Better still it’s only 4 miles away.

North Devon Maritime Museum

This super little museum is a local treasure trove, bursting with fascinating maritime exhibits for both adults and children alike. Just a few minutes walk away from the pub. The wonderful volunteer staff bring this museum to life with their knowledge and insight into north Devon’s rich maritime history. Enjoy films of past maritime activities, have a turn on a ship’s wheel, tie some knots, see how a sextant was used, and explore models of ships dating back to the 16th century to the modern day.

Exmoor National Park

Exmoor is truly out-of-this-world, boasting jaw-dropping beauty that ranks it among the top things to do in England. This spectacular nature reserve features open moorland, ancient woodlands, deep valleys, and a stunning Heritage Coast, not to mention the iconic Exmoor ponies roaming freely. Be sure to explore our favourite hiking trails, including the Valley of the Rocks (keep an eye out for the wild goats) and the Watersmeet Trail.

The North Devon Coastline

North Devon is known for its dramatic cliffs, wild seas and sandy beaches, making it a haven for any outdoors-y water sports lovers. With great surfing, boating and kayaking spots, as well as stunning beaches for those who prefer to relax and bask in the sun with a book. The South West Coast path is the perfect place for walking and finding some of the counties hidden treasures that you might not see if you were driving.

One of our favourite treks starts at Appledore’s Main Car Park on the Quayside and follows the coast path for several miles to Northam Burrows Country Park, which also passes by Westward – Ho! beach which is dog-friendly all year round at the Northam Burrows end.

The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

This famous railway opened in 1890, and is the highest and steepest totally water-powered railway in the world. Used for travel between two historic towns, let this be the highlight of your visit with us, as you get to enjoy stunning view and get your heart-rate going. It’s a brilliant day out and a perfect day trip if you are staying with us a little longer,


The picturesque, ancient fishing village of Clovelly is uniquely special and once owned by the Queen herself! Clinging to a cliff, with no cars allowed (just donkeys and sledges) this fishing harbour full of flower-strewn cottages and cobbled streets is the perfect day out for the family. Clovelly is a mustn’t-miss-it location to visit in North Devon, well worth the 25 minute drive down the A39 along the coast.

Hocking’s Ice Cream 

Sampling the delights of the famous Hocking’s Ice cream (arguable the best ice cream in Devon) is an absolutely must try when in Appledore (yes, it’s really that good), no need to travel far, simply look out your window and you’ll see the van perched on The Quay.