Whatever your age, you'll be sure to enjoy a visit to Lynton and Lynmouth. Whether, it's simply enjoying a wander around the harbour with an ice cream, a fish and chip picnic along the river, or hopping aboard the Cliff Railway, there really is plenty to do and see. There are also plenty of opportunities to discover the rich history and past of these two charming villages, who have grown from a tiny fishing village to a wonderful tourist destination.
Famed for being the highest and steepest totally water-powered railway in the world, the funicular railway between Lynton and Lynmouth is a must-visit and will save your legs the steep walk back up to town! The Railway opened in 1890, is grade II-listed and is just one of three fully water powered railways in the world. Built to transport goods, building materials and Victorian holidaymakers between Lynton and Lynmouth, the railway has an elevation of over 500ft with a cliff-top café at the top which boasts superb views. The views en-route are spectacular and look out over ‘Little Switzerland’ and the ocean. Hop aboard and try out the funicular railway for yourself.
It’s thought that Lynton is the smallest town in the country to have a cinema! Seating 68, it’s a small affair but hosts one or two screenings a day in the gorgeous, historic building which was once the Methodist Chapel. It’s perfect for a family-friendly outing or a date night close to home.
Well worth a visit if you’re strolling around Lynmouth, the permanent exhibition at Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall is held in the former lifeboat station. The flood happened on the night of August 15th 1952, and the exhibition has a scale model village of Lynmouth prior to the flood, photographs of the devastating damage and personal accounts of the disaster. Find out more at https://www.lynmouthflood.co.uk/
Visit the Glen Lyn Gorge and the exhibition at Lynmouth. Discover tales of tragic flooding which devastated the community and find out how the water is now harnessed to provide green energy for the community. You’ll see the lively jets spraying water into the river and can wander the waterside to Moses’ Pool, marvel at the ravines and admire crashing waterfalls.
Bring all the family along and make use of the Tramper mobility scooter which can be hired to navigate the land step-free.
Discover remains of Hollerday House and the fascinating tales that explain its mysterious past. The walk starts next to the Town Hall and winds its way through woodland with glimpses of glorious views reaching far and wide through the thicket. You’ll stumble across remnants of the once-imposing mansion of Sir George which was built in the 1890s and destroyed by fire in 1913 and walk past an Iron Age Hill Fort as you ascend to the top of the hill. Find yourself looking down at Valley of the Rocks and sit for a while on one of the perfectly positioned benches which offer wonderful vistas.