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Come to Barnstaple and fall in love with the foremost town in beautiful North Devon; thought to be the oldest borough in the United Kingdom. The town is a former river port located on the River Taw. Barnstaple is the perfect base for your holiday in this region. It is close to the glorious beaches and wonders of Devon, including Exmoor National Park with its stunning scenery, the thirty-two mile Tarka Trail and of course, the world famous South-West Coastal Path. As well as great bars, first-class eateries, a cinema and high street shopping, you will delight in discovering the numerous independent boutique shops within the town and local food producers selling their delicious Devon produce in the famous Butcher’s Row and Pannier Market. This 19th-century indoor market is an absolute pleasure to explore, open six days a week through most of the year, and offering a huge range of exciting fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, antiques and collectables. The market has been voted amongst the top ten food markets in the country.     

For that cultural touch, the town is home to Queen’s Theatre which attracts productions and performers of international reputation. You can also find several small art galleries in the town. Learn something new at The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon or join one of the fascinating guided heritage trails through the town. Barnstaple Heritage Centre, a beautiful quayside Grade 1 Listed Building, is home to a fascinating exhibition that shows Barnstaple from medieval times to the present day. Barnstaple is great for families. Aside from the beaches and outdoor pursuits, we have attractions and activities such as the Tarka tennis centre, North Devon Karting Centre, Funderzone for kids and Jungleland. We even have a bowling alley and ice skating rink, so come and visit and have the holiday of a lifetime!

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