The following list of places of interest around Westward Ho! has been compiled to help you plan your days out from the village. The places will appeal mainly to adults, to entertain the children don’t forget to have a look at our family things to do page.
(Please note that we are currently adding to this page so the list is not yet complete!)
The cobbled, traffic-free, high street of this world famous fishing village, built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port. It is famous for its donkeys, which traditionally carry goods up the hill; sledges bring things down. There are links with Charles Kingsley, Turner, Dickens and the Spanish Armada. Please note that there is a charge to enter the village
If you are looking for inspiration and a relaxing day out, go to RHS Garden Rosemoor and stroll around their enchanting 65-acre garden. Rosemoor is a garden of beauty, meticulously crafted and planted, retaining the essence of rural North Devon within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides.
Tapeley Park is a stately home situated between Instow and Bideford. It has lots of attractions for all the family. Tapeley Park differs from many similar parks because they are trying to be environmentally friendlyand has events throughout the year. If you would just like to see some great pictures of their gardens take a look in their online website gallery.
|Marwood Hill Gardens|
The gardening year starts in February at Marwoordf Hill gardens with masses of Snowdrops welcoming the early spring. These are followed by daffodils and later bluebells. There is colour all year round here with the large collection of Magnolias is at its best during March and April. In May the alpines and early flowering herbaceous plants begin to flower. During the summer months, the areas around the walled garden are a mass of colourful blooms and the walls are draped with Clematis and as autumn approaches the hardy cyclamen around the bases of the trees start to produce their pink and white flowers. While above, the autumn tints of the trees leaves, give one last riot of colour. Open 1st March - 31 Oct
|North Devon Maritime Museum|
The collections reflect the history and lives of the people of this area of North Devon. Bounded roughly by Exmoor to the east, Dartmoor to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the island of Lundy and the Bristol Channel to the north. The collections cover four main themes - Maritime history, Agriculture and the Countryside, Social history and Industries including shipbuilding.