This quintessential moorland town is the Southern gateway to Exmoor and is a great base for those looking to explore the National Park as well as nearby Exeter and Dartmoor, both of which can easily be reached on a day trip.
Home to a range of wonderful independent shops, cosy pubs and restaurants, and the excellent Heritage and Arts Centre, Dulverton also plays host to a range of events throughout the summer months including festivals, concerts, and an annual carnival.
The town lies in a steeply wooded valley which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and draws visitors for its abundant wildlife and also for its famous prehistoric clapper bridge, Tarr Steps.
Exmoor National Park boasts over 700 miles of footpaths and bridleways, and is the perfect place for anyone who loves to walk or ride, or is just looking to get away from it all. The fantastic countryside scenery descends down to dramatic sandstone cliffs and the wider Exmoor area is also home to Simonsbath, Withypool and Winsford villages, each offering fantastic pubs with a quaint local feel.
A holiday cottage in Dulverton provides a great base to unwind and explore picturesque Exmoor at your leisure.
A family-run business, Escot House and estate is a beautiful country house and events venue in Devon. It’s also home to the Wildwood family day out, where you can come nose-to-nose with British wildlife past and present. See red squirrels, wild boar and lynx as you make your way around the park, and explore the adventure playground with a drop slide, indoor soft play area and a maze. Prices start at £9.50 for adults, and £8.00 for children, and the fee will support Wildwood Trust's Conservation Projects.
A soft play facility in Honiton, Playdome Indoor Play has a café on site, and is a safe environment for children to play and explore. It’s perfect for kids’ parties, and is open seven days a week. Prices start at £3.90 for children aged 1-4 years, and £5.30 for those over the age of 5.
Honiton is famous for its historic lace industry, and the Allhallows Museum is an homage to some of the highest quality production in the world. In Honiton’s oldest building, dating back to 1327, it features examples of 16th to early 20th century Honiton lace. The museum also incudes Honiton pottery, a mid Victorian furnished doll's house; palaeontology; children's toys; war memorabilia, mementos of Allhallows School and the Borough of Honiton; coins and trade tokens. There are children’s activities when you visit, and lace making tutorials are of course a highlight, helping to keep the craft alive for future generations. The museum is open from March to October although hours vary so keep an eye on the website. Admission is free, but it is a charity, so all donations are welcome.
Winner of multiple awards, Woods serves inspiring menus championing local produce in a relaxed, stylish setting. Pop in for a drink at the well-stocked bar, or settle around the log fire for some banter with the locals after your meal. Well behaved dogs and children welcome and there is a pretty courtyard garden for sunny days.
Woods Bar & Restaurant 4 Bank Square, Dulverton TA22 9BU (T: 01398 324007)
A traditional family run tea shop in the heart of Dulverton with large, sunny rear garden as well as cosy indoor seating by the woodburner for cooler days. A great spot to enjoy a full breakfast, light lunch, delicious cream tea or a choice of homemade cakes.
The Copper Kettle Fore St, Dulverton TA22 9EX (T: 01398 323697)
A pretty riverside pub famous for its homemade pies along with other British classics, accompanied by a good range of cask ales and craft beers. Dog friendly, with a stash of treats behind the bar for visiting dogs.
The Bridge Inn 20 Bridge St, Dulverton TA22 9HJ (T: 01398 324130)
A highly acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant on the edge of Exmoor making the most of the exceptional local ingredients and presenting them with style. The kitchen is run by owner Mark Dodson, formerly head chef of Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn, Bray.
The Mason Arms South Molton, Knowstone EX36 4RY (T: 01398 341231)
A historic beamed inn that has been the focal point of Withypool for over 300 years and a great spot to relax whilst exploring Exmoor. A good wine cellar and well stocked bar including an extensive range of Whiskies complements a restaurant menu brimming with local ingredients and produce.
The Royal Oak Higher Mead, Withypool, Minehead TA24 7QP (T: 01643 831506)
By the seaside town of the same name, Sidmouth Beach is a long stretch of pebbles that stretches from the River Sid at the east of the town, West to Chit Rocks and Jacobs Ladder Beach and beyond. From the town you go over a footbridge and a number of steps down to the beach, however there are also access points along the sea front esplanade. There are a number of car parks close by, most of which are a few minutes’ walk from the beach itself, and it benefits from nearby facilities, cafes, restaurants and shops. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 1st May to the 30th September, however there is a small area at the East end of the beach where dogs are allowed all year round. It’s a delightful spot for swimming sailing and surfing if the weather permits it, but you do have to take your own equipment.