10th October 2019

What to do on your Winter Break

Grab your winter coat and head to the coast, enjoy vast rugged landscapes, cosy countryside pubs, snowy mornings and the natural beauty of North Devon - so head out this winter and let us show you the must-sees for your winter break. 


The South West Coast Path

Wrap up warm and enjoy the stunning South West Coast Path taking in the stunning views along the way.

For stunning views, breathtaking beaches and discovering new quaint villages and towns the South West Coast path has it all. 

The South West coast path has many amazing walks in North Devon including Ilfracombe, Lynton, Baggy Point, Heddon's Mouth, Putsborough and Barnstaple, these are just some of the walks that the South West Coast Path has to offer and they will not disappoint.

Barnstaple Museum 

If you don't want to travel far then look any further than the Barnstaple Museum, just a short walk from The Imperial Hotel. The Barnstaple Museum has just undergone a yearlong refurbishment adding a huge new extension to the local attraction which will be opening October 2019.

The new extension will provide high-quality temporary exhibition spaces, an improved tea-room, a museum shop and better access, including a lift. Meanwhile, it will be bringing more collections out and gathering local stories around North Devon for their new social history gallery. 

Local Beaches 

Seas the day this Winter and take a look at what makes North Devon extra special! All different but all breathtaking and will be sure to be the perfect place for a quiet stroll. You will not be disappointed if you take a stroll on one of the many beaches we have here in North Devon, some of our favourites include Saunton Sands where our sister hotel is located, Westward Ho! Woolacombe and Croyde! 

Barnstaple High Street

In need of some retail therapy? Then look no further than our Barnstaple High Street. With many local and retail shops, something will definitely take your fancy on your visit to Barnstaple High Street.

Some of our favourites include Just Trio who sell everything needed for the home, Century Galleries selling all things jewellery and watches and Barnstaple Antiques & Collectors Centre, an antique centre/ treasure cove of collectables and vintage treats. 

RHS Rosemoor

Only a few miles from the Imperial Hotel, this beautiful 65-acre garden is meticulously planted, within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides. Let the winter colours enchant you as you stroll through walled gardens, vegetable gardens and stunning lakes.