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BarnstapleUnited Kingdom

Find an exciting blend of numerous cultural and historical attractions with modern activities and water sports in this former river port along the River Taw.

The bustling town of Barnstaple is the principal town of North Devon. See the museums and art galleries, ride the cycle paths and row along the river. Shop in big-name stores and individual boutiques and relax with a cream tea at one of the many local cafés.

Visit Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum. Stroll through the formal Victorian gardens and nature reserves and stop in time to watch the live feed of the estate’s colony of lesser horseshoe bats. Visit the carriage museum to see the collection of horse-drawn carriages. Arlington Court also holds numerous events throughout the year, such as Christmas wreath making and Easter egg hunts. Check ahead to see what’s on and visit at the right time.

Cycle 30 miles (48 kilometers) along the Tarka Trail, which takes you through the beautiful North Devon countryside. Find the information boards to learn more about the trail’s history and the wildlife you can see here. Download the audio trail guide mp3 for even more information. Play the tracks at the right stops and you’ll have your own personal guide as you travel.

Head to Exmoor Zoo to see over 160 species of animals from all over the world. Follow the zoo trail to make sure you see all the exhibits. The zoo offers a large range of daily activities, such as timed talks and feedings. Book in advance to try a number of special activities. Experience a day in the life of a zookeeper or take a tour with a professional photographer. Bring children to the meet-and-greet sessions where they can feed and handle some of the animals. You can even feed a range of carnivores by hand, including wolves and big cats.

Barnstaple is easily accessible, with good train and bus links. The town is a little over 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Exeter International Airport. Find other nearby airports in Cardiff and Bristol. The town hosts numerous events, such as markets and public bands, so check ahead before you visit to see when these are on.

Top hotels in Barnstaple

The Park Hotel
The Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Taw Vale, Barnstaple, England
The price is £50 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb

Located in the heart of Barnstaple, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Pannier Market and within 6 miles (10 km) of Basett's Ridge and Marwood Hill Gardens. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (243 reviews)
Great room

"Very comfortable bed and generous shower room"…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2020

The Park Hotel
Bishops Tawton Overton House 2 Bedrooms
Bishops Tawton Overton House 2 Bedrooms
3.5 out of 5
Codden Hill, Barnstaple, England
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Situated in Barnstaple, this golf cottage is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Pannier Market and within 9 miles (15 km) of Basett's Ridge and South West Coast Path Section ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Absolutely lovely location and stunning countryside views. The hot tub and decking area were perfect for warm summer’s evenings after days spent at some beautiful beaches. The property itself was lovely and quaint plus my dog had a great time and could easily roam around without disappearing."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

Bishops Tawton Overton House 2 Bedrooms
The Barnstaple Hotel
The Barnstaple Hotel
3 out of 5
Braunton Road, Barnstaple, England
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Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Pannier Market and within 6 miles (10 km) of Basett's Ridge and Marwood Hill Gardens. South West ...

4.3/5Excellent! (224 reviews)

"The smoked haddock and poached egg breakfast was one of the best breakfasts I have eaten anywhere at any time."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2020

The Barnstaple Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Barnstaple

Bishops Tawton Overton House 2 Bedrooms
Bishops Tawton Overton House 2 Bedrooms
3.5 out of 5
Codden Hill, Barnstaple, England

Situated in Barnstaple, this golf cottage is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Pannier Market and within 9 miles (15 km) of Basett's Ridge and South West Coast Path Section ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Absolutely lovely location and stunning countryside views. The hot tub and decking area were perfect for warm summer’s evenings after days spent at some beautiful beaches. The property itself was lovely and quaint plus my dog had a great time and could easily roam around without disappearing."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

Bishops Tawton Overton House 2 Bedrooms
An enchanting Grade II listed 18th century bailey castle with wonderful 360 degree views
An enchanting Grade II listed 18th century bailey castle with wonderful 360 degree views
3.5 out of 5
Tawstock Castle, Tawstock, Barnstaple, England

Situated in Barnstaple, this holiday home is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Pannier Market and within 6 miles (10 km) of Basett's Ridge and South West Coast Path Section ...

An enchanting Grade II listed 18th century bailey castle with wonderful 360 degree views
Westeria Cottage
Westeria Cottage
3.5 out of 5
9 The Terrace, Bickington, Barnstaple, England
The price is £231 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Situated in Barnstaple, this cottage is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Basett's Ridge and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Pannier Market. South West Coast Path Section 5 Trailhead ...

Westeria Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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