A bustling town, sometimes known as the capital of North Devon, Barnstaple was the first in England to receive borough status back in 1272. Formally known for its port, this ancient trading centre now boasts an array of popular chain and independent shops as well as its still thriving Pannier Market, which is open six days a week. Here, you’ll also find Butcher’s Row which offers a fantastic range of local produce, from the finest delicacies to top quality meats.
A mix of traditional meets contemporary living, there’s an element of modern café culture in Barnstaple, which is placed nicely against the towns buildings and rich history. Spend your days wandering along the pretty riverside, perusing the high street and trying some delicious Devonshire delicacies in the quaint tea rooms. The town also has its own green space located by the castle mound, great for picnics and if you fancy walking to the top, you’ll be rewarded with extensive views.
If you’re looking for somewhere to dine, you’ll be spoilt for choice during Barnstaple holidays! With a wide range of restaurants covering a variety of world cuisine, your taste buds can delight in Mexican food, Italian dishes and Spanish tapas whilst enjoying a stay in Devon. Not only this, but the nightlife is also worth a try, with a selection of bars and pubs suitable for those wanting an evening tipple.
Barnstaple has plenty of entertainment to keep visitors amused. The Queen’s Theatre often draws large crowds, showing a range of different productions, from West End productions to some of the country’s top comedians. Barnstaple’s cinema and local hot spots also provide welcomed entertainment.
The Tarka Trail can also be accessed from Barnstaple train station and offers some of the most peaceful and spectacular walks in the county. It’s also the perfect excuse to hire a bike and explore some of the scenery that North Devon has to offer. Head towards the golden sandy beach of Instow and treat yourself to an ice cream, or instead cycle to Braunton and enjoy a portion of the best fish and chips in the area.
Spend your days wandering along the pretty riverside, perusing the high street and trying some delicious Devonshire delicacies in the quaint tea rooms
As for attractions, there is a large entertainment complex, where you can go bowling, play in the amusements and even try your hand at ice skating! Close by, you’ll also be able to get competitive with a race at the go karting centre. For those interested in the town’s history, why not visit the Barnstaple Heritage Centre and take a step back in time.
When staying in Barnstaple for your North Devon holidays, you will have an abundance of fantastic accommodation to choose from. From grand hotels overlooking the river to cosy cottages on the outskirts of the town, we’re sure to have a place to stay to make your holiday in Barnstaple one to remember.