Welcome to Barnstaple

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 17 century 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 cinema and a theatre.

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Barnstaple Museum, The Square, Barnstaple EX32 8LN

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Experience Barnstaple