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Top Places to Visit near Ruda

Holidays in Devon are all about the beach and Ruda has some of the county's best nearby. Seconds from your door lies the golden sands of Croyde Bay, one of the world's top surfing locations, while further afield you'll find Saunton Sands and the highly-rated Woolacombe Bay. It's a seaside paradise!

You'll find lots of attractions beyond the beach, like those in Ilfracombe, an elegant seaside town that's famous for its arts and dining scene. Head to the bustling fishing harbour to view Damien Hirst's controversial Verity Statue and to learn about local sea life at the Ilfracombe Aquarium.

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Croyde Bay Beach

Croyde Bay Beach, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1FF


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Serving up some of the best surf in the country, and sitting between Woolacombe and Saunton Sands beaches, is the popular and unspoilt idyllic Croyde Bay Beach.

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Surfing Croyde Bay

Hobbs Hill, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1LZ
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Learn to surf like a pro under the expert guidance of surfing champions in the beautiful setting of Croyde Bay.

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Survival Paintball

Southdown Woods, Yarnscombe, Devon, EX31 3LZ
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Choose your weapon! Paintballs, lasers or airsoft. Then fight it out to be the last one standing in this woodland battlefield.

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Saunton Beach

Saunton, Braunton, Devon


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With over 3 miles of golden sand to wander and explore, you'll find your own little place to treasure here at Saunton Beach.

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Arlington Court

Arlington, Devon, EX31 4LP


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Built in 1823 this beautiful Regency house features a homely interior, sumptuous formal gardens and a unique collection of over forty historic carriages.

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Woolacombe Beach

The Esplanade, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7DL


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Hailed as one of the best beaches in the UK, Woolacombe is a multi-award winning beach, and with its magnificent coastline and spectacular scenery, it's not hard to see why!

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Ilfracombe Museum

Wilder Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8AF


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From nostalgic curios to touching memorabilia, the Ilfracombe museum delves into both local culture and ancient civilisations from around the world.

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Watermouth Castle

Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9SL


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A castle that's anything but traditional! Mysterious curiosities, a village of gnomes, steam carousel rides and a famous water show with bedazzling lights and music.

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The BIG Sheep

Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP


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From placing a bet on a sheep race to meeting baby lambs ewe'll love a day at this family fun farm.

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Ilfracombe Aquarium

The Old Lifeboat House, The Pier, Ilfracombe Harbour, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9EQ


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Discover what's living in the waters all around you - from the river's source to the harbour and the deep ocean beyond.

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Quince Honey Farm

North Road, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AZ


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Discover the secret life of bees! Using interactive displays and magnifying technology you'll get a unique view of the inner workings of a hive.

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Exmoor Zoo

Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon , EX31 4SG


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A zoo where you'll come face-to-face with the legendary "Exmoor Beast" - a black leopard that's stunningly rare and equally beautiful.

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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Higher Leigh Manor, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 0NG


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This exhilarating park brings you face-to-face with some of the most magical and terrifying animals from the past and the present.

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Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Park

Muddiford, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4EX


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Hidden away within a beautiful woodland you'll find some of the most innovative and mesmerising examples of contemporary sculpture to be found in Britain today.

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Chambercombe Manor

Chambercombe Lane, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9RJ
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Over 900 years this Norman manor house has been home to nobility, farmers and smugglers who have left a fascinating paranormal footprint.

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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Devon, EX31 4RA


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An inspiring restoration project has brought this famous narrow gauge railway back to life - so jump on board and explore the beauty of Exmoor!

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Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The Esplanade, Lynmouth, Devon, EX35 6EQ


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Connecting the towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, this funicular railway climbs almost 500ft to offer unforgettable views of Exmoor and the North Devon coastline.

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Lundy Island

Lundy Island, Devon


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An island that claims to be the UK's Galapagos - and with good reason! It's a sanctuary for birds and a spectacular place for diving.

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Rosemoor

Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH


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Rosemoor is an enchanting garden nestled in the beautiful Torridge Valley between Exmoor and Dartmoor. It's also the home of Henry Williamson's novel, Tarka the Otter.

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Barricane Beach

Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7DJ


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Fancy a taste of the Caribbean? Nestled away at the northern-end of Woolacombe and tucked between the rocks is hidden gem Barricane Beach.

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