The ultimate list of things to do in Barnstaple

  1. Tarka Trail Exploration: Discover the stunning 180-mile Tarka Trail in North Devon, either by cycling or walking. Enjoy breathtaking riverside views and unique wildlife along the route from Barnstaple to Instow Beach and beyond.
  2. Tarka Trail Cycle Hire: Don’t have a bike? Rent one from Tarka Trail Cycle Hire for a day of adventure cycling along the beautiful trail.
  3. Barnstaple Long Bridge: Capture the historic charm of Barnstaple Long Bridge, connecting the town to Tawstock, with picturesque views perfect for photo opportunities.
  4. Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon: Dive into the region’s history at this centrally located museum. A perfect indoor activity for those occasional rainy days.
  5. Broomhill Sculpture Gardens: Explore the largest sculpture garden in South West England, featuring over 200 contemporary sculptures set in a lush natural environment.
  6. Arlington Court & Carriage Museum: Uncover the Grade-II listed Arlington Court and its gorgeous gardens, as well as the National Trust Carriage Museum, home to horse-drawn vehicles from various eras.
  7. Barnstaple Castle: Immerse yourself in history by visiting the site of the once-magnificent Barnstaple Castle, where you can envision the events that took place.
  8. Pannier Markets: Stroll through Barnstaple’s historic indoor market for delicious food and unique souvenirs, a popular shopping destination in North Devon.
  9. RHS Garden Rosemoor: Delight in a day out at the enchanting RHS Garden Rosemoor, boasting exotic blooms and a charming garden tea room.
  10. Devonshire Cream Tea: Savor a traditional Devonshire cream tea at local cafes like Tea by the Taw, The Cream Tea Cafe, or Willows Tea Room for a vegan option.
  11. Beaches near Barnstaple: Bask in the sun at beautiful nearby beaches, including Westward Ho!, Woolacombe Beach, Putsborough Sands, Saunton Sands, and Croyde Bay.
  12. Family Attractions: Enjoy family-friendly attractions such as crazy golf and go-karts at Westward Ho!, colourful beach huts at Woolacombe Beach, or Funder Island‘s mini-golf and bumper cars.
  13. Albert Clock: Admire the historic Albert Clock, a grade II listed tower constructed in 1862, resembling a smaller version of London’s Big Ben.
  14. South West Coast Path Estuary Walk: Stroll along the scenic Taw Estuary on a three-mile walk, observing salt marshes, mudflats, and a variety of wildlife.
  15. Vineyard Tour: Take a tour of Venn Wines run by Tony and Alina on their 50 acre site
  16. Isley Marsh Nature Reserve: Witness ducks and wading birds at this salt marsh and mudflat habitat on the River Taw estuary, accessible via footpaths and the Tarka Trail.
  17. Exmoor National Park: Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Exmoor National Park, featuring coastal views, rolling hills, rivers, waterfalls, and a range of outdoor activities.
  18. Lundy Island Day Trip: Experience the rugged beauty and wildlife of Lundy Island, accessible by ferry from Ilfracombe, for an unforgettable day trip from Barnstaple.

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