Barnstaple

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Barnstaple featuring a small town or village as well as a small group of people

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.

The Royal & Fortescue
The Royal & Fortescue
3 out of 5
Boutport Street, Barnstaple, England
The price is £55 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Pannier Market and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Basett's Ridge. Marwood Hill Gardens and South West Coast ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (261 reviews)
"classy, tastefully furnished hotel. Modernised yet retains some of its period aura. staff I encountered were all professional, friendly and polite - reception, bars and domestic."

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2021

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The Park Hotel
The Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Taw Vale, Barnstaple, England
The price is £61 per night from 4 Feb to 5 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. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (266 reviews)
"Just brilliant"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2021

The Park Hotel
The Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel
4 out of 5
Taw Vale Parade, Barnstaple, England
The price is £71 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Pannier Market and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Basett's Ridge. North Devon Coast and Saunton Sands are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (213 reviews)
"Our room (number 219 - superior double, river view) was spacious and well appointed with a very comfy bed and small but modern stylish bathroom. The decor of the public areas - restaurant, bar, corridors - are best described as faded grandeur, like time stopped in the 1970s. A delightful mix. The ..."

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2021

The Imperial Hotel
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Riverside Court Apartment
Riverside Court Apartment
3 out of 5
17 Riverside Court, Castle Street, Barnstaple, England
The price is £160 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated in Barnstaple, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pannier Market and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Basett's Ridge. Marwood Hill Gardens and South ...
Riverside Court Apartment
Buckinghams Leary Farm Cottage
Buckinghams Leary Farm Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Buckinghams Leary Filleigh, Barnstaple, England
Situated in Barnstaple, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of St. Hieritha's Church, Exmoor National Park and Pannier Market. North Devon Coast and Exmoor ...
Buckinghams Leary Farm Cottage
Westeria Cottage
Westeria Cottage
3.5 out of 5
9 The Terrace, Bickington, Barnstaple, England
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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