Museum of British Surfing

Top choice in North Devon

Few museums are this cool. Vibrant surfboards and vintage wetsuits line the walls; sepia images catch your eye. The stories are compelling: 18th-century British sailors riding Hawaiian waves – England's 1920s homegrown surf pioneers. Here, heritage meets hanging ten.

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