Although Devon is lucky enough to have a slightly warmer climate than other parts of the UK, we still get our fair share of April showers and autumn gales. Thankfully there’s a lot to do in Devon whilst you’re waiting for the sun to pop back out. Here is a list of our top 5 things to do on a rainy day in North Devon.
1. Ilfracombe Aquarium
Although you might be surrounded by water, Ilfracombe Aqurium is an award winning attraction suitable in all weather. Located in the Old Lifeboat House alongside Ilfracombe’s picturesque and historic harbour, the Aquarium is home to over 75 different species of sea life.
2. Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
No family trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth in North Devon would be complete without a ride on the famous funicular cliff lift. The railway is completely powered by water, making it one of the most environmentally friendly tourist attractions in the country. Even on a bad day, the views of Exmoor and the North Devon Coastline are still pretty spectacular as you glide up and down the 862 foot length of track.
3. Visit a Theme Park
North Devon’s major family adventure theme parks are the Big Sheep in Bideford and the Milky Way in Clovelly. Both have great areas where you can be undercover. There’s a range of activities for all the family, from sheep shearing, to rides, beer shows and huge indoor play areas – two places you could easily spend a whole day.
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4. Barnstaple Pannier Market
Where better to spend a rainy day than one of Britain’s largest indoor markets. Largely unchanged in over 150 years, Barnstaple's historic Pannier Market has a wide range of stalls, with everything from fresh local produce, flowers and crafts, to prints and pictures, fashion and much more. Open all year round from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Saturday.
5. Grab your Board!
Although it might not be everyone’s first thought when they see dark clouds gathering, rain can often mean excellent surfing conditions. In Croyde it’s possible to get some clean double-overheads as well as a good chance of some outstanding pipes to ride. Our Devon campsite is lucky enough to have a bus stop right at the site entrance and is served by the Surf & Cycle Bus, which has been specially adapted to carry all your sporting equipment.
Just because it’s raining it doesn’t mean it needs to ruin your day. Looking for more ideas of things to do in North Devon? Visit our Local Attractions page.