If little guests have had enough of splashing in rockpools and building sandcastles, there are a bunch of nearby attractions which are sure to keep them entertained. Our self-catering holiday cottages in Combe Martin are not only in easy reach of the local beaches, but are close to Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle, and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, for fun-filled family days out close to home.
Home to fascinating animals including lions, penguins, and wallabies, visit the park for a great day out where you can make lots of new friends of the four-legged variety. Sprawling over 28 acres of amazing gardens, see what you can find and visit the Critter Cavern, Tomb of the Pharaohs, and the Tropical House. With free daily talks and encounters, and bookable experiences including lion feeding, sea lion meet and greet, and swimming with sea lions you’ll be entertained for hours!
If you’re brave enough, visit the Dinosaur Domain and The Valley of the Dinosaurs where over 19 animatronic and static models of these prehistoric beasts are waiting for you. The Dinosaur Museum is home to both real and replica fossils of dinosaurs, look out for dinosaur eggs and footprints and see for yourself just how big they were!
Once a manor house, then a convent, a woolly monkey sanctuary, and a hotel, the land was transformed into the Wildlife Park in 1985. Though the estate itself has changed over the years, the surrounding valley with its exotic trees and plants was planted in the 1800s and remains unspoilt.
There is free on-site parking with allocated disabled spaces so everyone can enjoy the park and the animals.
Just around the corner from Combe Martin, the majestic Watermouth Castle sits high above the harbour and is home to Dungeon Labyrinths, Gnome Land, and Adventure Land. Fly High on the Aviator Ride, give yourself a scare in the Hall of Mirrors, and jump on the Thunder Luge Toboggan Run for a thrill! In addition to these fun and exciting rides, Watermouth Castle has an interesting history which you can uncover in Castle Treasures. Built in 1825, the building was a country house built to resemble a castle and has since served many different purposes. Its maze of tunnels and position opposite the harbour suggests it was a haven for smugglers who could sneak their loot along the legendary ‘Smugglers’ Tunnel’!
You’ll have to leave canine companions at home for this trip as they are not permitted into the castle or its grounds.
There is plenty of on-site parking which is free for patrons, and the castle has wheelchair access so you can all enjoy a day out together.