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Watermouth Family Theme Park & Castle, Ilfracombe

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Spend the day admiring Victorian beauty at North Devon’s Watermouth Family Theme Park & Castle. Situated overlooking Watermouth Bay, the 19th-century castle is now home to an impressive Victorian antique display and a family theme park. Venture underneath the castle to see the spooky dungeon labyrinths or underground watershow. Kids love wandering through Gnomeland or floating down the 100 m (328 ft) lazy river ride. Be warned that many of the attractions close during lunch hours. Put Watermouth Family Theme Park & Castle on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ilfracombe trip itinerary planner.
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  • A nice place to spend a morning or afternoon. The same price for children as well as adults..The grounds are well kept and colourful but very steep at times. Not all the rides were working as they did...  more »
  • I would highly recommend Watermouth Family Theme Park & Castle for ages 6 and under. Very clean, worth the admission price, food fairly priced and lots to keep the kids entertained for the full day!  more »
  • 9 of us went with ages ranging from 6 to 66. what a fab place from being entertained in the queue to get in at 10.30am to when we left at 3.30pm. hidden gems everywhere from faces on the trees to pres...  more »
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  • If you've got children under the age of 8 or a love of old-timey penny machines, this is definitely for you. There is just so much to see and do while you are here; we stay for almost the full 7 hours it was open and my 3yo still wanted to do more! She really loved playing with the pence machines, tackling the various mind-twist machines, turning on the mini dioramas in Gnome Land and was just tall enough o go on some of the kid rides by herself, which was equally awesome for her and us! There is a variety of food available, but we packed a lunch and only partook in the ice cream, which was amazing. There is lots of green/eating space, so whether you bring your own food or buy it there, you'll be able to find a place to enjoy it.
  • We loved our day out here, lots to do and see, the museum in the castle was great and many rides and play areas that totally entertained our 3 year old, spent hours here and very reasonably priced!
  • At first I thought it was expensive as I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised at how much there is in this place. Great for children especially the younger ones. The castle itself is entertaining though the majority of the entertainment is the rides and activities in the grounds so at least mainly dry weather is required to truly appreciate everything. A return card can also be purchased for a nominal fee to give heavily discounted access at a later date in the same season.
  • Great family day out with younger children. Beware if you take older relatives as it's all in a steep hill and tiring for healthy legs. Rides and amusements are very good and we loved the castle and it's dungeons. Would recommend
  • Our kids aged 3 and 5 both loved their day out at Watermouth Castle. There's plenty to do both inside and out so the rain wasn't too much of a problem, although a few dry hours to get round the theme park outside was helpful! The kids loved the old fashioned amusement machines and rides, a good number of which are suitable for toddlers. The air cannons and 'Tilted House' were firm favourites.

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Where to stay in Ilfracombe

A small town spread over a peninsula, accommodations in Ilfracombe are either inland among the hills or along the coast. Both locations host luxury lodging and less expensive B&Bs, and every accommodation is within walking distance of the main attractions. Consider a room near the award-winning "The Tunnels" beach or atop the hill overlooking the harbor.
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