Exmoor National Park attractions

Top Choice Harbour in Porlock

Porlock Weir

Porlock Weir's stout granite quay curves around a shingly beach, which is backed by pubs, fisherfolks' storehouses and a scattering of seasonal shops. The weir has been around for almost a thousand years (it's named…
Top Choice Castle in Dunster

Dunster Castle

Rosy-hued Dunster Castle crowns a densely wooded hill. Built by the Luttrell family, which once owned much of northern Exmoor, the oldest sections are 13th century, while the turrets and exterior walls are 19th-cent…
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 steeply sloping cliff face according to the weight of water in the cars’ tanks. All burnished wood and…
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…
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…
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, they’re famously hardy despite their diminutive size. A prebook…
Museum in Lynton & Lynmouth

Flood Memorial

On 16 August 1952 a huge wave of water swept through Lynmouth following torrential rain. The devastation was immense: 34 people lost their lives, and four bridges and countless houses were washed away. This exhibiti…
Architecture in Porlock

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 and its 15th-century packhorse bridge. The biggest …
Museum in Lynton & Lynmouth

Lyn & Exmoor Museum

This sweet museum's collections include chilling pictures of Lynmouth's devastating 1952 flash flood, which claimed 34 lives. It occupies the town's oldest house.
Museum in Dunster

Bakelite Museum

The endearingly weird Bakelite Museum, 7 miles east of Dunster, houses the nation’s largest collection of Bakelite (otherwise known as polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride), one of the earliest plastics. The highlig…