10 Best Things to do in Lynton

Posted by Visit Lynton & Lynmouth on Thursday, 9 January 2020

Lynton is a charming Victorian town perched high on a cliff and surrounded by spectacular scenery.

If you’re visiting South or North Devon, or on your way to Cornwall then a visit to Lynton & Lynmouth is highly recommended.

Here are our suggestions for things to do and see whilst visiting.

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

It’s probably the most popular thing to do when visiting Lynton & Lynmouth . The Cliff Railway is an incredible feat of Victorian engineering built in 1888 and joins the two towns of Lynton & Lynmouth. It rises over 500 ft (152 m) along 862 ft (262 m) of track making the Cliff Railway the highest and steepest fully water-powered railway in the world.

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Lyn Valley Arts & Craft Centre

If you love rummaging around treasure troves and bazaars then you will love the Lyn Valley Arts & Craft Centre. Packed to the rafters with locally-made gifts and trinkets from pet accessories to jewelry, there’s a gift for everyone. The Lyn Valley Arts & Craft Centre is located in a former grade II Methodist Chapel near the Lynton Town Hall and close to the Cliff Railway.

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Lynton Cinema

Lynton is the smallest UK town to have?its own cinema with Dolby SR sound. The cinema is located in a former grade II Methodist Chapel near the Lynton Town Hall and close to the Cliff Railway. You can see the very latest blockbusters and other select movies most days of the week. It’s great for families, kids and couples alike.

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Lynton Old Town

The winding old streets of old town Lynton are home to some great shops, cafés and restaurants. Explore and shop for everything from fine art, outdoor clothing and shoes, ladies fashion and exclusive gifts for your home and garden. Lynton is home to some fantastic restaurants offering exciting cuisine from around the world; tapas, Middle Eastern and Thai. Of course there are plenty of traditional tea rooms and cafés where you can get a delicious Devon cream tea and sandwiches.

Lyn & Exmoor Museum

A charming small museum with collections of agricultural and domestic tools from Lynton and Exmoor. Also maritime, railway, and natural history. Unique pictures of the Lynmouth Flood, and a Victorian dolls' house. Housed in Lynton's oldest surviving domestic dwelling, it even includes its own ghost!

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Lynton & Lynmouth are referred to as the Walking Capital of Exmoor, and it's easy to see why
Lynton's Town Hall is a beautiful gothic-style old building brimming with history
The Valley of Rocks in just a few minutes walk from the picturesque town of Lynton in the Exmoor National Park

Lynton Toy Museum

Located on Lynton’s main Lee Road the toy museum houses a fascinating display of toys, games and action figures ranging from the 1960s to 1980s. The toy museums shop sells lots of second hand toys and games, and lots of vintage items. The owners have been collecting these toys for most of their lives and would love to show you around and share their extensive knowledge.

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Lynton Community Bookshop

Perfect for bookworms! An eclectic mix of preloved books from across the years. The community bookshop is located in Lynton Town Hall is a treasure trove of novels and books, both fiction and non-fiction . You can find the entrance on the right-hand-side of the Lynton Town Hall on Lee Road, not far from the Cliff Railway.

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Tennis Courts

Lynton has two great tennis courts located just 5-10 minutes walk from the Cliff Railway. Perfect for those wanting to enjoy a few matches whilst visiting Lynton. The courts are bookable by the hour or guests can buy a 2-week visitor’s membership.

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Hollerday Hill

Hollerday Hill is the main backdrop behind the Lynton Town Hall and separates Lynton from the Valley of Rocks. The hill stands over 800ft (240 m) above sea level and offers the most spectacular views of the Valley of Rocks, the Bristol Channel and beyond. Hollerday Hill is criss-crossed with delightful woodland walks and two rather exhilarating, but precarious, coastal walks. This network of trails is perfect for dog walking, romantic strolls or out and about with the family.

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Valley of Rocks

Probably the most iconic landmark in Exmoor, the Valley of Rocks is a wild and captivating landscape. This is a dry valley running parallel to the coast and is famous for its herd of feral goats, its bizarre geology and its staggering views. There was are walks aplenty here with everything from easy strolls to long challenging hikes. There’s a seasonal cafe, toilets and plenty of parking for most vehicle types. A visit to Lynton & Lynmouth isn’t complete without visiting this fascinating piece of Exmoor.

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