This North Devon town is quiet and traditional, with a picturesque harbor and Bideford Long Bridge, a 13th century construction that stretches across the River Torridge.
For a brilliant beach trip, visit the wonderful Westward Ho! Beach, which is located only a couple of miles from Bideford. Westward Ho! is widely considered one of the best Blue Flag beaches in Devon and combines opportunities to sunbathe on the lush golden sand with a variety of watersports for daredevils.
One of the best local attractions is the lovely Lundy Island. Situated off the coast of North Devon it has magnificent cave formations, plants, and wildlife including mountain goats and grey seals. Above all, the island offers tranquility, with no cars to disturb the peace; only an array of rare birds who draw in bird watching enthusiasts. The easiest way to reach Lundy is via MS Oldenburg from Bideford Quay.
The Big Sheep
The Big Sheep is an award-winning attraction unlike anything else we've heard of, with sheep racing shows, dog and duck trials and horse whispering events. For the kids, there are slides and climbing areas in the huge indoor play area. Most uniquely, The Big Sheep hosts a show where ten different breeds of sheep dance on stage to music - next stop Britain's Got Talent!
On an adventure
The Adventure Centre is ideal for thrill seekers who can go Water Zorbing, Mountain Boarding or take part in Laser Quest. During the winter, there is an ice skating rink and toboggan or, for a more relaxing afternoon, feed the baby lambs and enjoy a Devonshire cream tea.
Hartland Abbey is a 12th century home with interiors covering every generation who has lived in the property. Outside there is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where visitors can wander around gardens and a rocky cove, watching the donkeys and mountain sheep grazing.