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Barnstaple is an ancient market town and is the largest conurbation in North Devon.

Barnstaple is an ancient market town and is the largest conurbation in North Devon. Situated on the River Taw it provides access to the popular Tarka Trail and is within a short bus journey from the beautiful North  Devon beaches such as Woolacombe and Croyde.

Within the town there are town trails taking in the 17century alms houses, and churches and chapels, and the old bridge, with the history of the area illustrated in the Barnstaple museum (free admission) and in the Heritage centre.

Catering to the tourist trade  the town is well supplied with hotels, B&Bs  and restaurants, and for shopping there is  a traditional pannier market along with the usual high street shops, indoor shopping and local stores. There is also a 4 screen c1nema and a theatre.

Top Highlights

  • Pannier market.           
  • Tarka Trail.           
  • Shopping.
  • Heritage trail.          
  • Proximity to bus and train links.

Local Events

  • Carnival and Fair week; third week September. 
  • Barnstaple fringe,(theatre and live entertainment); June.
  • Art Fest; June/July. Play days,  at the Museum, during school holidays.
  • Elephant Day; July.

Tourist Information

Barnstaple Museum
The Square
Barnstaple    EX32 8LN

Other information

http://www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail


 

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