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Local Information

If you’re staying with us, it’s more than likely that you’ll want to explore the local area. We hope this information will give you a feel for how much there is to do and enjoy in one of the most beautiful areas of the county.


A simple drive straight down the M5 will bring you into the heart of the cathedral city of Exeter, and there are lots of things to see and do when you fancy escaping your haven at Ayshford Court for the day.


The new Princhesshay development in the heart of Exeter attracts many of our guests. With over 70 shops to browse (including the top high street brands as well as independent shops) you can easily spend a day in Exeter enjoying the fine food and shopping experience. Exeter is less than a 30 minute drive from Ayshford and there are plenty of car parks in the centre. Equally, the Park and Ride is just outside of the town and there are regular buses every 15 minutes.

Visit the city centre

With attractions including Exeter Cathedral, the River Exe and the old historical walls of Exeter there are equally lots of activities for persons wishing not to go shopping. The ancient city of Exeter dates back to the Roman era and is rich in history.


Exmoor is just on the doorstep of Ayshford; with utterly stunning scenery and beautiful valleys, it’s not surprising that Exmoor is such a popular tourist destination in the Summer. The scenery is definitely the golden gem, with beautiful green hills, coves and the calming blue sea to the north of the moors. There is plenty to see and do in this 692 Sq KM National Park.

Dulverton is always a hit with our guests. It sits on the southern edge of Exmoor National Park and makes an ideal spot for exploring, at any time of day, during any season.

Exmoor is best visited in the Summer and offers countless walking opportunities as well as some of the best places to eat the County has to offer.


A historic landscape occupying some of the most stunning views in Devon, Dartmoor is a local treasure to us and is one of the 3 main moorlands we have in the South West. Eating in Dartmoor is also pleasure, with a plethora of eateries, restaurants and tearooms.

One of the main attractions are the Dartmoor Ponies and wildlife in the National Park as well as the countless streams and rivers running through it. For families we strongly recommend a day out at River Dart Country Park .


In the heart of mid Devon, you can drive to Tiverton in just 10-15 minutes from our bed and breakfast. Here you can discover the Grand Western Canal, take a walk around Knightshayes Gardens (National Trust property)  and enjoy food from one of the various restaurants or public houses. Don’t forget to try out some Devonshire cream tea and fudge whilst in Tiverton and, just outside of the town, there’s countless walks available. Just speak to Richard or Lucy, when checking in, for best walks and recommended venues to visit.

Fancy a trip to the beach?

South of Exeter lies the seaside towns of Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth. These towns have lovely beaches as well as a variety of shops and restuarants. To the North of us, Cryode Bay and Putsborough are popular with surfers.

Other useful information

Travelling to Ayshford Court

  • Airports

The closest airports to our bed and breakfast are Exeter Airport and Bristol Airport. It’s very easy to access both, making Ayshford the perfect stop for a short stay before heading off into Cornwall.

  • Bus links

Tiverton Bus Station and Parkway Train Station are both under 15 minutes from us, making travel efficient.


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Need help during your stay?

If you have any questions about the local area, or require assistance – we are more than happy to help.