Perfectly situated between North Devon’s stunning coastline and one of the county’s national parks, South Molton is also known as the ‘gateway to Exmoor’ due to its location close to the edge of the moor. A historical market town, it still retains much of its old world charm and boasts an array of independent shops, selling a range of goods, from home accessories to cakes and confectionary.
Many of its beautiful Georgian buildings still stand, whilst its ancient Pannier Market has also stood the test of time and is now held twice weekly; offering delicious, fresh local produce, crafts and antiques.
Once known for its cattle and produce markets, there are still plenty of activities to keep South Molton’s visitors entertained; the award-winning museum, situated in the beautiful and opulent Guildhall offers insight into the town’s former trades and other interesting artefacts. On the outskirts of the town, another popular attraction particularly for families is the UK’s largest honey farm where you can see the world’s largest exhibition of honey bees and sample some of the produce made there. If that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, South Molton is also home to the Melchior Chocolate Factory which will provide a delightful treat for chocolate loving visitors to North Devon.
During your holiday in South Molton, exploring Exmoor is an absolute must. For walkers there are some fantastic rambles along the moor, and you will be greeted to something new on each trail that you follow. Similarly, cyclists will enjoy the sights that there are on offer and the exhilaration of some off-piste cycle networks! There are a number of accessible walks on the moor too, making it a spectacular excursion for everyone. During the winter months, Exmoor offers some dramatic scenery and there is nothing better than finding a cosy county pub to warm up in. In contrast, the summer months provide visitors with breath-taking views across North Devon so find your perfect secluded spot, and enjoy a picnic with the most stunning backdrop imaginable.
Many of the UK’s renowned beaches are found on the North Devon coast, and when you stay in South Molton, you will be well placed to visit locations such as Ilfracombe and the popular resort town of Woolacombe, which is a fantastic beach for families and is also dog friendly but please be aware of restrictions in place at certain times of year. Other towns such as Barnstaple, Braunton, and Combe Martin are a little further afield, but worth visiting and can be reached in a reasonable journey time from South Molton.
A historical market town, it still retains much of its old world charm and boasts an array of independent shops, selling a range of goods, from home accessories to cakes and confectionary
If you’re looking for accommodation in South Molton, you are certain to find it with us. With hotels, bed and breakfasts and cottages in the town itself, and holiday parks within close proximity, we have something to suit all requirements.