Top Choice Heritage Railway in Lynton & Lynmouth

Cliff Railway

This extraordinary piece of Victorian engineering sees two cars, linked by a steel cable, descend and ascend the sloping cliff face according to the weight of water in the cars’ tanks. All burnished wood and polishe…
Top Choice Castle in Dunster

Dunster Castle

Rosy-hued Dunster Castle crowns a densely wooded hill. Built by the Luttrell family, who once owned much of northern Exmoor, the oldest sections are 13th century, although the turrets and exterior walls are 19th-cen…
Top Choice Historic Site in Dunster

Cleeve Abbey

Most visitors buzz straight past tiny, tumbledown Cleeve Abbey, but it’s one of the best examples of traditional Cistercian architecture in southwest England, and offers a fine glimpse into the life of the monks who…
Top Choice Landmark in Dulverton

Tarr Steps

Exmoor's most famous landmark is an ancient stone clapper bridge shaded by gnarled old trees. Its huge slabs are propped up on stone columns embedded in the River Barle. Local folklore aside (which declares it was u…
Museum in Lynton & Lynmouth

Lyn & Exmoor Museum

This small museum contains background on the Lynmouth Flood, a devastating flash flood which swept through the town in 1952 and claimed 34 lives. Call the tourist office for opening times.
Church in Dunster

St George's Church

Dunster’s beautiful church dates mostly from the 15th century and boasts an intricately carved fan-vaulted rood screen. Just behind the church is a 16th-century dovecote, used for breeding edible squabs (young pigeo…
Historic Building in Dunster


Most of the original cogs, wheels and grinding stones still rotate away in this working 18th-century mill, there's a picturesque riverside tearoom alongside.Admission to the mill is included in tickets to Dunster Ca…
Historic Buildings in Porlock & Around

Holnicote Estate

The 50-sq-km Holnicote Estate sweeps southeast out of Porlock, taking in a string of impossibly pretty villages. Picturesque Bossington leads to charming Allerford, with its 15th-century packhorse bridge. The bigges…
Wildlife Reserve in Dulverton

Exmoor Pony Centre

You’ll see them cantering across the open moor, but this is a great way to get up-close to Exmoor’s stubby ponies. Originally bred as beasts of burden, despite their diminutive size they’re famously hardy. Here, a o…
Wildlife Reserve in Porlock & Around

Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre

Catch the owl and bird of prey flying show (2pm), book your own hour-long private flying session (from £40), or have the kids hitch a ride on the farm’s Shetland ponies (£15, prebooking only).