Explore the Charming Town of Barnstaple in North Devon UK
The charming city of Barnstaple, in North Devon, is a former port town with a past steeped in merchant trading, export and imports, and a developing present filled with fine shopping, festive events, great restaurants and bars. You'll have no trouble finding a holiday accommodation such as a bed and breakfast or historical inn for your stay.
Barnstaple is transit friendly and easily accessible via motorway or by train. Furthermore, there is an array of appealing activities and interesting attractions that make the town special.
The shopping alone is a marriage of traditional and modern opportunities. Kitschy and colourful boutiques are woven throughout hundreds of retail shops and family owned businesses prominently featured in the town centre and along High Street. It is no wonder Barnstaple is the shopping capital of North Devon. Not to be forgotten are the local food vendors selling their delicious wares in the Pannier Market and on Butchers Row. The market is very extensive and goes beyond just produce to also supply meat, fish, eggs, cheese, cider, and baked goods all freshly made by local food producers.
After getting your fill of shopping, why not partake in a free guided heritage walking tour which covers Library Square and St. Anne's Chapel from the 14th century. For the outdoor enthusiast, Barnstaple makes a great base for further exploration of the north Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park.
Castle Hill gardens offer visitors the setting of 50 acres of stunning views and picturesque English gardens set in the rolling hills of Devon. Alternatively, there's plenty of culture to be found.
The town is home to Queen's Theatre, a classic 650-seat theatre that puts on a variety of renowned acts throughout the year ranging from cabaret, to stand-up comedy to ballet. The regional museum invites the public to view for free the collections, displays and art exhibitions featured in the antiquated Victorian building.