Top things to do in Exmoor National Park

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 Bistro in Dulverton

Woods

With its deer antlers, hunting prints and big wood-burning stove, multi-award-winning Woods is Exmoor to its core. No surprise then to find menus with full-bodied flavours: expect confit leg of guinea fowl, slow-roa…
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…
Top Choice British in Dunster

Reeve's

The eponymous chef at seriously stylish Reeve's is an award winner. No wonder: the complex creations here truly showcase Exmoor produce. Opt for lemon sole with a tangy lobster bisque, or meltingly tender lamb roast…
Top Choice Pub Food in Lynton & Lynmouth

Ancient Mariner

The Mariner brings a burst of shipwreck chic to Lynmouth, thanks to a copper bar top, curved ship's decking and a figurehead that isn't entirely clothed. Drink it all in while tucking into a stacked-high Mariner Bur…
Top Choice Modern British in Lynton & Lynmouth

Rising Sun

At the harbourside Rising Sun, they delight in showcasing not only Exmoor meat and veg but also the seafood landed on this rugged shore. Seasonal treats might include succulent lobster, fresh sea bass and local muss…
Top Choice Cafe in Lynton & Lynmouth

Charlie Friday's

A funky, friendly hang-out serving melt-in-your-mouth pastries, thick sarnies, tasty nachos and fair-trade two-shot espresso that really packs a punch. The cafe's guitar, knitting and board games help keep the atmos…