Quayside village Appledore alongside the River Torridge in North Devon

Quayside village Appledore alongside the River Torridge in North Devon

The picturesque quayside village of Appledore in North Devon nestles on the west bank of the tidal River Torridge at its confluence with the River Taw, only 4km from Bideford Bay just to the north west. The village with its beautiful network of narrow streets lined with independent shops, old inns, charming cottages and guest houses is a popular holiday base and day trip. Its fishing heritage stretches back to the 14th century, and during the Elizabethan era Appledore along with Bideford were major sites for the import of tobacco and the popular haunts of smugglers. The village contains some wonderful historic B&Bs and fisherman's cottages with magnificent views of the estuary. It's the perfect quiet and idyllic base for exploring North Devon, within walking distance of best sandy beaches at Northam Burrows and Wesward Ho!, and a gateway in to the heart of North Devon with its ancient market towns. South West Coast Path walking is right on your doorstep, and the Tarka Trail walking and cycling route is only around 2 miles from the village.

Fishing boat trips or pleasure cruises are widely available from the quayside around the river estuary and up to the coast. A regular ferry service runs across to Instow, and guided walks are usually available in peak summer season exploring the village's fishing and smuggling heritage, and still thriving small shipbuilding industry. Relax on the quayside and sample Appledore's own Hocking's ice cream, and stroll leisurely around the village browsing art galleries and gift shops selling locally crafted ceramics, jewellery and seaside souvenirs. Activity centres also feature in the area offering water and land based activity programmes for groups and individuals, and there is a little maritime museum and lifeboat station in the village centre. Appledore also has a great acoustic live music scene, with many of its freehouse inns offering weekly Blues, Jazz and Folk live music entertainment along with best food and real ales.

Maritime Museum & Lifeboat Station

Rich in maritime heritage, Appledore and the Taw and Torridge rivers have a fascinating seafaring and shipbuilding history. Visit the North Devon Maritime Museum in the village to find out more. The museum features an interactive video display plus seven galleries with exhibits on topics including World War II beach landing experiments, maritime, tourism, shipwrecks and sailing/ steam vessels. A little gift shop is also on-site. The Appledore Lifeboat Station houses two lifeboats and a boarding boat, and is open to visitors during the summer, offering an opportunity to learn about the work of the RNLI.

Quayside & Boat Trips

Bustling Appledore Quayside is the village hub where you can pick up the Instow Ferry service across the River Torridge estuary - sailing times are around 2 hours each side of high tide. Pleasure cruises and fishing boat trips are also widely available. Families love crabbing on the quayside and you'll find a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and award-winning ice cream parlours on the waterfront.

Festivals & Events

The annual Appledore Book Festival is a family-friendly event celebrating literature, held in late September and early October with readings, performances and talks by some of Britain's most popular authors and illustrators. Appledore is also a real centre for live music with a choice of venues in the village offering regular live music. The Beaver Inn on the shoreline of the River Torridge is the home of the North Devon Jazz Club - enjoy great music, delicious food and ales plus fantastic sea views here!

Accommodation in Appledore

  • Northam   (1.7 miles from the centre of Appledore)
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    A former Edwardian gentleman's residence offering B&B in Northam, close to Appledore, Westward Ho And Bideford on the North Devon coast. Double en-suite rooms
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  • Appledore   (0.2 miles from the centre of Appledore)
    Sleeps 4
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    £267
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    Appledore has an abundance of unspoilt charm, its many fishermen's cottages tucked away in a maze of narrow cobbled pathways, and Corner Cottage, as you may expect, nestles in t...
     
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  • Westward Ho!   (1.9 miles from the centre of Appledore)
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    £381
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    Contemporary 3 bedroom holiday cottage at Westward Ho! Great for a family break being close to the beach and pet friendly. Modern entertainment facilities. Sleeps 6.
     
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  • Westward Ho!   (1.7 miles from the centre of Appledore)
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    £150
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    Hoseasons Holiday Park at Westward Ho ideal for family beach holidays just a few minutes walk from the beach. Book online for great special offers & deals.
     
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  • Appledore   (0.3 miles from the centre of Appledore)
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    £332
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    This delightful and surprisingly spacious cottage is just yards from the estuary seafront in the charming village of Appledore, tucked away in a quaint narrow street where some ...
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  • BIDEFORD   (1.7 miles from the centre of Appledore)
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    Well appointed two bedroom holiday bungalow with lovely lawn garden, Freesat TV, conservatory, digital TV, cot & high chair. Great for family breaks. Pet friendly.
     
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  • WESTWARD HO   (1.7 miles from the centre of Appledore)
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    £285
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    Detached two bedroom bungalow in Westward Ho with sea-views, enclosed garden, Sky Freesat TV and parking for two cars. Dog friendly by prior arrangement.
     
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  • Northam   (1.6 miles from the centre of Appledore)
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    £275
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    Modern holiday bungalow in Westward Ho ideal for a family holiday to the Devon coastline. Fully enclosed lawn garden, one small dog welcome. Grand piano. Parking. Sleeps 4.
     
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  • Appledore   (0.4 miles from the centre of Appledore)
    Sleeps 6
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    £426
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    Commanding the most stunning far reaching views over the Taw and Torridge Estuary to the pretty village of Instow, stretching along the coastline to Saunton and beyond, this F...
     
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  • Appledore   (0.2 miles from the centre of Appledore)
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    £287
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    Well presented holiday cottage in Appledore near Bideford & the Royal North Devon Golf Club. Lovely features including wood burner & exposed stonework. Three bedrooms.
     
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