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North Devon Food Fest at Barnstaple's Pannier Market

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens near Barnstaple

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens near Barnstaple

Barnstaple is the largest town in North Devon situated at the mouth of the Taw estuary, conveniently close to North Coast beaches and Exmoor. The many historic buildings hint at the town's ancient history. The borough is the oldest in England, and Barnstaple was a Saxon stronghold - the Saxons called their market centre 'Barum'. Discover more on Barnstaple's colourful history at the fascinating free entry Barnstaple Museum and at the Grade Listed Heritage Centre on The Strand. Trails and tours available from the centre take in the town's mix of beautiful Georgian, Victorian and Medieval architecture including the wonderful Guildhall.

Barnstaple with its many shops, bars, restaurants and services is an excellent base affording easy access to the Tarka Trail. You can join the cycling trail at Barnstaple old railway station, then head west towards Bideford on the traffic free path taking in spectacular estuary views enroute. Cycle hire and cycle shops are widely available in the town, and the trail stretch between Barnstaple and Bideford is a gentle 9 miles. A choice of country cottages and B&Bs sit close to the Tarka Trail along this estuary flanking stretch, and in and around the town in the North Devon countryside you'll a selection of charming B&Bs.

The Pannier Market

Barnstaple is a retail centre in North Devon not just for well known high street shops and services, but also for its many independent boutique shops and great markets. Don't miss a tour of Barnstaple's famous Pannier Market on Butcher's Row which takes place 6 days a week in the town centre. This Pannier Market is one of Britain's largest indoor markets where you'll find a fabulous range of antiques and collectables, handmade arts and crafts and bargains. Each market day has a different theme from crafts to antiques and general market days. The Pannier Market also hosts big events during the year including the free entry North Devon Food Fest in October. In September, the annual Barnstaple Fair launches with a ceremonial opening before four days of entertainment including a firework show, a colourful carnival and a fairground.

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens in the Barnstaple area is spread across 10 acres in one of North Devon's most beautiful wooded valleys. Surrounded by acres of woodland Broomhill has around 300 sculptures by 60 internationally renowned sculptors. Located in an idyllic wooded valley just 2 miles from Barnstaple, Broomhill is the perfect venue for any conference or wedding event. Flexible meeting space is available for large and small meetings and an award-winning restaurant and stunning Art Hotel are onsite. The fully equipped Stable block can accommodate up to 35 guests and the venue is licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies, surrounded by stunning woodland and pretty streams - the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. Hotel guests have free entry to the sculpture park inclusive in their stay.

Marwood Hill Gardens

Marwood Hill Gardens sit just 4 miles from Barnstaple and were created in the 1950s. The perfect relaxing day out with on-site Garden Tea Room and plant sales, Marwood Hill is spread across a steep North Devon valley and is famed for its glorious displays of Camellia, Cherry Blossom, Rhododendron and Magnolia.

Accommodation in Barnstaple

  • Combe Martin   (5.7 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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  • Brayford   (7.6 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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    £360
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    Attractive three bedroom cottage close to Exmoor National Park & the North Devon Coast. Wonderful country views, shared garden with badminton court, dog friendly.
     
  • Chittlehamholt   (9.0 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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  • Brayford   (7.6 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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    Well appointed former farmhouse cottage on the Edge of Exmoor National Park with three bedrooms, shared grounds & badminton court, parking & short breaks. Dog friendly.
     
  • Instow   (6.1 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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    £519
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    Beautiful Instow cottage on Marine Parade with spectacular estuary views. 2 bedrooms, parking and outdoor patio. Ideal for beach and surfing holidays. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4.
     
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  • Instow   (6.0 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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    Dune View is beautifully furnished and well equipped throughout. Perfectly situated offering sea views across to Appledore and just a stroll from the wonderful sandy beach, whil...
     
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  • Arlington   (6.1 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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    Large, traditional cottage offering family accommodation with plenty of space, set in acres of grounds with ample parking. Close to the coast and National Park.
     
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  • Bradiford   (1.8 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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    £357
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    Spacious elegant two storey apartment in Bradiford near Barnstaple within a Regency Manor House. Extensive grounds, indoor pool, snooker room & bar. Ideal for groups. Sleeps 8.
     
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  • Muddiford   (3.4 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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    Cosy North Devon holiday cottage just a short drive from Barnstaple offering lovely exposed beams, lovely gardens, family amenities for hire & Freeview TV. Two pets welcome.
     
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  • Umberleigh   (5.7 miles from the centre of Barnstaple)
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    Beautiful barn conversion in Umberleigh ideal for couples or a small family. Two bedrooms, fishing nearby, beautiful views, vaulted ceiling. Sleeps 3.
     
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