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Lynton and Lynmouth are twin towns located on the North Devon coastline. Lynton with its high vantage point on the cliffs and Lynmouth situated below in the mouth of the River Lyn. These small rural towns are joined by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway.
What to do
The two towns, although small, are very popular holiday destinations in North Devon. With attractions such as the Lyn and Exmoor Museum, the stunning Watersmeet tourist information centre and the beautiful Valley of Rocks you will be kept busy during on your Devon holiday
For those interested in the historical side of the towns you will not be disappointed. The Lyn and Exmoor Museum is a small but charming museum, filled with collections from the regions past; from original pictures of the Lynmouth Flood to maritime and railway history collections. The museum is located in Lynton in the oldest house in the town, having survived the wars.
You can also pay a visit to the old location of Hollerday House and drive along next to the old driveway to imagine the staggering size of the old house, owned by Sir George Newnes and his wife.
It's also the perfect location for heading along the coast for some more site seeing. With Croyde, Minehead and Ilfracombe on your doorstep you have plenty of places to visit. Further afield you can head along the coast to see the rest of North Devon and the family attractions that the county has on offer.
For a more active holiday you can take a trip over to the Valley of the Rocks and spend the day walking through the valley admiring the magical scenery. Seen on programs such as Top Gear the back drop is a popular location for filming in the area as it is a view to admire.
For more ideas on what to do when you get to the area you can head over to Watersmeet and spend the day in the National Trust property. Stroll around their 2,000 acres of rich woodlands and serene rivers in Lynmouth. With some really amazing views and a haven for wildlife in the area you will be stunned by what the house has to offer.
History of Lynton and Lynmouth
This area has a large and fruitful history, from stories of famous publishers to the building of the town hall, they have seen it all.
The towns owe a lot of their history to the well-known publisher Sir George Newnes and his wife, Lady Newnes. After building their residence, Holliday House, Sir George built the famous cliff railway that is still working in Lynton and Lynmouth today. The water-powered funicular railway joined the towns to help with the hard job of getting supplies from Lynmouth to Lynton without having to tire horses and man power getting the supplies up the hill.
Sir George also provided the town hall to the community and had an input into the Lynton and Barnstaple 19-mile railway, which opened in 1898.
Hollerday House was built in 1890 on Hollerday Hill above Lynmouth. The staggering house was built into the hill side and was approached by a long drive way. With 21 bedrooms, one large lounge and four reception rooms as well as three bathrooms, a billiard room, offices and many gardens and stables on the 40 acre site on Hollerday Hill the house was something to behold.
When Sir Newnes died in 1910 the house was put up for sale for £13,000. After three years the house was still not sold and was destroyed by a fire. What remained of the building was then used for army training exercises during the Second World War and was destroyed. The stone from the house was reused on the Lynbridge and Barbrook bridges following the flood disaster in 1952.
The road leading to the location of the house is still visible to visitors to this day and the grounds have a ‘secret garden’ where the old tennis courts used to lie.