Lynton | A Visitors Guide

Lynton | A Visitors Guide

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Should we visit Lynton?

The short answer is: yes. This idyllic coastal town sits high on the dramatic North Devon coastline within Exmoor National Park. Sitting 17 miles northeast of Barnstaple and 18 miles west of Minehead, Lynton does feel somewhat ‘out the way’. But make the journey across beautiful Exmoor rural roads, and you shall be well rewarded.

A big brother to the nearby village of Lynmouth, these picturesque spots have been well visited over the centuries – and for good reason. The Georgians and Victorians earmarked them as favourite holiday destinations, peppering the place with relics of their time here. There is a definite air of ‘holiday.’ And yes, in the summer months there may be a few tourists about. But the remote location and authentic vibes result in a wholesome unspoilt feel… You will probably end up with a sense of having discovered a secret gem, lost in time.

Lynton town Devon

What is there to do in Lynton?

Jammed with independent shops, cafes and pubs, just wandering the streets and stopping for a bite to eat is an easy way to pass the time. There is a strong sense of identity here – you are unlikely to find many national chains offering the same old menus. Spending in gift shops and cafes will genuinely be supporting the local trade, rather than the profits of big corporations. That local hot chocolate and a homemade cookie – good for the soul in so many ways.

There are also a few additional things to do in and around Lynton;


Descend in style on a water-powered railway

The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway is the highest and steepest water-powered railway in the world! Both entertaining and practical, if you want to visit both Lynton and Lynmouth you may find this is the easiest way to travel between the two.

Lynton things to do cliff railway


Watch a movie at The Lynton Cinema

A one-of-a-kind cinema; visitors and locals alike love it. Here you can watch a recent release on the big screen. Indeed perhaps not quite as big as the screen of an Odeon equivalent, but with infinitely more character. Good value too!

Lynton cinema


Step back in time in Lynton Toy Museum & Shop

This family-run toy shop and museum is a great way to spark nostalgic memories about the toys of yesteryear.

Lynton Toy shop and museum


Take a wander with your camera along The Valley of the Rocks

For spectacular scenery, the Valley of the Rocks sits just outside of Lynton. Head there on foot to enjoy a 2.5 mile circular walk – you may even spot the odd wild goat or Exmoor pony.

The Valley of the Rocks, Devon


Jump on board for a steam-powered adventure

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway company offer a volunteer-run train service, which runs on a restored railway line, first opened in 1898. Travel in Victorian railway carriages under steam power, enjoying views across the Exmoor countryside.




Places to Eat in Lynton

When it comes to , there’s plenty to choose from in and around Lynton. From cosy cafes to traditional tea rooms, pubs to restaurants, you won’t be going hungry. This list is by no means exhaustive, just a bit to get you started;


Cafes & Tea Rooms



  • The Vanilla Pod – local produce with exotic flavours, ranging from home town classics to Middle Eastern mezzes
  • The Oak Room – an award-winning tapas bar and restaurant
  • Lynton Fish Bar – Exceptional quality traditional fish and chips
  • The Cracker Barrel – a lively family-owned restaurant serving homemade food


Map of Lynton


Parking in Lynton

There are a couple of car parks within the town;

Bottom Meadow (Castle Hill, EX356AR)

Cross Street (Cross Street, EX356HG)

Charges apply from 10 am – 6 pm at approximately £1.10 per hour or £5 for 24 hours (at the time of writing). You can use the RingGo smartphone app, so don’t have to worry about having coins.

You may also find free roadside parking, in designated bays (restricted to 2 hours through from Good Friday until 31st October).


Can you walk from Lynton to Lynmouth?

Yes, it is possible to walk between Lynton and Lynmouth – if you are in the mood for a steep climb! A section of the South West Coast Path connects the two, zig-zagging the steep terrain (approximately 140 meters/500 feet).

Starting from the Lynton and Lynmouth Tourist Information Centre, head down Lee Road. Take the road on the left between St Mary’s Church and the Valley of the Rocks Hotel (‘North Walk’). Turn right as the road branches, then the first left, zig-zagging down the South West Coast Path.


Lynton & Lynmouth Holiday Cottages

Staying in a holiday cottage is a great way to base yourself for an Exmoor break. Whether you’re looking for accommodation in and around Lynton or Lynmouth, or cottages in Porlock or Porlock Weir there’s plenty to choose from.


More Places to Visit & Things to Do on Exmoor

Exmoor is brimming with charming villages, stunning scenery and family-friendly things to see and do. For more holiday inspiration, have a browse of our posts below;