BarnstapleUnited Kingdom

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Visit Barnstaple

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Barnstaple Hotel
The Barnstaple Hotel
3 out of 5
Braunton Road, Barnstaple, England
£45
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Situated in Barnstaple, 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. Saunton Sands ...

4.3/5Excellent! (194 reviews)

"Nice stay. Excellent breakfast. Recommended to stay again!"…"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2019

The Barnstaple Hotel
The Royal & Fortescue
The Royal & Fortescue
3 out of 5
Boutport Street, Barnstaple, England
£60
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

Situated in Barnstaple, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Pannier Market and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Basett's Ridge. Saunton Sands and Marwood Hill Gardens are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (190 reviews)

"Very relaxing atmosphere. Lovely staff. Food and accommodation great."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019

The Royal & Fortescue
The Cedars Inn by Greene King Inns
The Cedars Inn by Greene King Inns
3 out of 5
Bickington Road, Sticklepath, Barnstaple, England
£50
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Situated by the ocean, this inn is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Pannier Market and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Basett's Ridge. Instow Beach and Marwood Hill Gardens are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (219 reviews)

"Really enjoyed our stay. Will definitly come back"…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2019

The Cedars Inn by Greene King Inns

Popular things to do in Barnstaple

Pannier Market
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Pannier Market

5/5(1 review)

Built by the Victorians over 150 years ago, this charming marketplace  is still open for business, with craft, antiques and fresh produce on offer.

Arlington Court
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trover photo by Simon Campbell

Arlington Court

5/5(1 review)

Enjoy a stop at Arlington Court, a landmark worth seeing in Kentisbury. While in this relaxing area, you can savour the lively bars.

St Anne's Arts & Community Centre
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trover photo by Debbie Aldridge

St Anne's Arts & Community Centre

Enjoy a stop at St Anne's Arts & Community Centre, a landmark worth seeing in Barnstaple. While in this relaxing area, you can savour the lively bars.

Heddon's Mouth Beach
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Heddon's Mouth Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Heddon's Mouth Beach during your trip to Barnstaple? Discover the countryside and bars in this relaxing area.

Woody Bay Beach
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Woody Bay Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Woody Bay Beach during your trip to Barnstaple? Discover the countryside and bars in this relaxing area.

Dunster Castle
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Dunster Castle

4.5/5(65 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Dunster Castle, a well-known historical site in Dunster. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Reviews of Barnstaple

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Oct 2019

Love it

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

4 Aug 2019

Queens Theatre enjoyable - parking free after 6pm. Street parking elsewhere at a premium.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Aug 2019

Good centre for visiting other places of interest .

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Jul 2019

Didn’t spend much time in Barnstaple itself although it does seem to have a good selection of shops and amenities. Conveniently placed to visit wonderful coastline and the Tarka Trail, part of the south west coastal path for miles of walking.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Jul 2019

Tea on the Taw cafe was very nice...definitely recommended this

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jun 2019

Business trip, so can speak for the tourism, but a lovely spot with far more than I expected...go visit