Category Archives: Places to Visit

Woody Bay – Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Woody Bay Station is one of the original Lynton & Barnstaple Railway stations, opened in 1898 the railway started at sea level in Barnstaple and climbed 16 miles until it reaches Woody Bay Station, finishing its journey in Lynton, 91 metres higher. The railway line ran until it’s closure in 1935, when on Sunday 29th September a packed train ran from Lynton for the last time, the train stopped at Woody Bay at 8:16pm and as a nod to this occasion, the clock in the station’s tea room is now permanently set to this time. The station as you see it today, was purchased in 1995 as part of an exciting project to rebuild one of the world’s most famous narrow-gauge railways. The process of restoring this line has been one of love, and has certainly not been easy. When the line was sold off, it was to various landowners, which has made the revival all the more difficult.

The future hopes to see further parts of the line opening, with approval of planning applications being given for Killington Lane to Wistlandpound. It is with thanks to the wonderful volunteers and people that keep this work going that you can enjoy the trip from Woody Bay today. If you are in the area it is worth popping in, and having a ride on the train or just admiring the pretty station and enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the tearoom (which I can highly recommend their fruitcake!) For more information on the times, prices and special events at Woody Bay Station please visit their website: http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk

 

Ilfracombe Museum

Ilfracombe museum was founded in 1932 by professional museum collector Mervyn G Palmer, who spent many years in South America studying and collecting the wildlife and archaeology there. When he retired to Ilfracombe he discovered that the town lacked a museum, and so he formed a committee, and Ilfracombe museum was opened to the public on the 1st August 1932.

Thousands turned up that day and many of them brought objects to donate to the growing museum collection. Eighty-four years later and Ilfracombe museum is still amazing visitors with its unique and eclectic collections. It is a museum that reflects the Victorian passion for collecting, and also Ilfracombe’s importance in the history of British sea-side resorts. There are eight rooms filled with treasures including drawers of butterflies and insects from Britain and South America and artefacts from India, Africa and the ancient world. Two rooms are dedicated to local maritime history and Lundy island. Ilfracombe museum is unique and family-friendly. Children can explore the insect, bat and spider specimens, have a go at a dinosaur quiz, send Morse code messages, or have a go at brass rubbing.

Visitors with disabilities will find the museum is accessible to wheelchairs (except for one small room). For researchers there are extensive photographic and family history resources for Ilfracombe, including original town newspapers The museum is a perfect all-weather attraction and can be found next to the Landmark theatre on Ilfracombe sea-front. It is an independently funded charity. Children under 16 FREE, £3 for adults, £2.50 concessions. Annual ticket £5.00. Open everyday April – Oct 10am – 5pm.