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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 Barnstaple Hotel
The Barnstaple Hotel
3 out of 5
Braunton Road, Barnstaple, England
The price is $86 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Pannier Market and within 6 mi (10 km) of Basett's Ridge and Marwood Hill Gardens. Instow Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (216 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

The Barnstaple Hotel
The Park Hotel
The Park Hotel
4 out of 5
Taw Vale, Barnstaple, England
The price is $92 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

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

4.3/5Excellent! (224 reviews)

"Great hotel in a good location close to the centre of Barnstaple, an ideal base from which to explore north Devon. Additionally would recommend to others for clean, comfy room, good service & thorough attention to hygiene/distancing etc re covid."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

The Park Hotel
The Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel
4 out of 5
Taw Vale Parade, Barnstaple, England
The price is $111 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

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. Marwood Hill Gardens and Instow Beach are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (167 reviews)

"Super hotel, spotlessly clean. Staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was amazing."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

The Imperial 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.

Vacation 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 mi (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 Jul 24, 2020

Bishops Tawton Overton House 2 Bedrooms
Prixford Barton 6 Bedrooms
Prixford Barton 6 Bedrooms
4 out of 5
Prixford Barton, Barnstaple, England

Situated in Barnstaple, this golf cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Marwood Hill Gardens, Basett's Ridge, and Pannier Market. Ilfracombe Harbour and North Devon ...

Prixford Barton 6 Bedrooms
Corffe House and Holiday Cottages
Corffe House and Holiday Cottages
4.5 out of 5
Corffe, Barnstaple, England

Situated in Barnstaple, this luxury cottage is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Pannier Market and within 9 mi (15 km) of Basett's Ridge and South West Coast Path Section ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Only thing I would have to say is about the hot water took 3 hours for the tank to heat back up otherwise i have no complaints my little boy enjoyed the use of the pool"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Corffe House and Holiday Cottages
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.

Popular places to visit in Barnstaple

Pannier Market
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Pannier Market

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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Arlington Court

Find out about the history of Kentisbury with a stop at Arlington Court. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the lively bars.

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? Wander the gardens or discover the countryside in this relaxing area.

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.

St Anne's Arts & Community Centre
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St Anne's Arts & Community Centre

You can learn about the history of Barnstaple with a visit to St Anne's Arts & Community Centre. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the lively bars.

Basett's Ridge
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Basett's Ridge

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Basett's Ridge during your trip to Barnstaple? Wander the gardens or discover the countryside in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Barnstaple

Shepton Mallet Prison Guided Tour
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Shepton Mallet Prison Guided Tour

$24
Per adult
Avalon Adventure
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Avalon Adventure

$71
Per adult
The Secret of great watercolour, you will be astounded at what is achievable
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The Secret of great watercolour, you will be astounded at what is achievable

$41
Per adult
Ghosts & Giggles Of Newent
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Ghosts & Giggles Of Newent

$11
Per adult
Arden Fitness Academy - 50% off
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Arden Fitness Academy - 50% off

$47
Per adult
A Tour of Glastonbury, Guided by the Trees.
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A Tour of Glastonbury, Guided by the Trees.

$54
Per adult

Reviews of Barnstaple

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Anthony_allen_1

Oct 26, 2018

Has everything without hustle and bustle like other cities

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