Situated at the point where the River Torridge meets the River Taw, Appledore is an ancient fishing village renowned for its rich maritime history. Granted port status by Elizabeth I for its contribution to the Spanish Armada, the area still retains much of its historical charm.
Described by Charles Kingsley as the ‘Little White Fishing Village’ many of the pretty fisherman’s cottages remain and are now painted in an array of colours, whilst the narrow, cobbled streets further add to the quaint appeal of this picturesque village that is perfect for North Devon holidays. Explore these during your Appledore holidays and you’ll also come across a variety of interesting craft shops and art galleries, some in local’s front rooms!
Whilst in Appledore, we highly recommend that you try your hand at crabbing, with shops on the seafront selling all the necessities (top tip – crabs love bacon!). Just make sure to let them free afterwards and watch as they scuttle along the slipway back into the water. You’ll also find a skate park and play park in the town, perfect for keeping the kids entertained.
For such a dainty village, there are certainly lots going on during the summer and autumn months! The highlight of the village’s events is most certainly the Appledore Book Festival, which boasts a selection of fantastic authors and celebrities giving a wealth of interesting talks and book signings. If you happen to be visiting on Bonfire Night, you will be able to feast your eyes on a stunning firework display that occurs every year on the end of the quay. Not only this, but Appledore also gets heavily involved with the North Devon Fringe Festival, bringing a variety of arts and crafts workshops, amongst other exciting activities to the village.
Meander through its maze of streets and take a peek inside the many galleries and craft shops brimming with locally inspired art, or take a stroll along the quay-side which offers views of Appledore Shipyard and across the water to the golden sands of neighbouring Instow. If you fancy it, during the summer months you can even catch the ferry across to this tiny village, for a spot of sunbathing or a bite to eat in one of the many delightful restaurants.
Described by Charles Kingsley as the ‘Little White Fishing Village’ many of the pretty fisherman’s cottages remain and are now painted in an array of colours.
There are plenty of pubs and cafes located within the town of Appledore itself, so a local ale and traditional cream tea are easy to find, not forgetting the most delicious fish and chips in the area. Why not pick up a portion and sit on the quay whilst admiring the views across the water, or instead indulge yourself with a classic ‘99 ice cream from the famous local brand Hockings?
A stay in the pretty town of Appledore will make the perfect base for when you visit North Devon and with our selection of Appledore accommodation, you’ll be able to find a cottage, B&B or hotel that’s just right for you!