Take a trip to North Devon’s main town, which claims to be the oldest borough in England, having been granted its charter in 930. There’s a wide variety of shops, while the traditional Pannier Market is well worth a visit.
Things to do
Visit the Museum of North Devon to learn more about the physical and human history of the area. The displays include the Tarka Gallery and the regimental collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.
Take a ride along a section of the Tarka Trail, which stretches for over 180 miles in a figure of eight. The section from Barnstaple to Bideford or Braunton makes an attractive bike ride. Hire a bike at Barnstaple Rail Station and follow the trail alongside the Taw estuary. As both sections follow old railway lines they are flat and easy going.
Visit the Heritage Centre at Queen Anne’s Walk, which will take you through the history of Barnstaple from Saxon times, through exhibitions and hands-on exhibits.
Getting to Barnstaple
From Exeter you can either take the 155 bus via South Molton, the 315 via Torrington and Bideford, or take the train on the Tarka Line. The 155 and 315 both stop in the bus station, which is in the town centre. The Rail Station is about a 10 minute walk, or 5 minute bus ride from the town.
From Tavistock and Okehampton, take service 118. There are also regular buses from most parts of North Devon to Barnstaple.
If you are travelling from further afield take the bus or train to Exeter and then catch one of the services listed above.
Use our Interactive Bus Map