10 Things to Do in Barnstaple That You Shouldn't Miss
Barnstaple (/ˈbɑːrnstəbəl/ ( listen) or /ˈbɑːrnstəpəl/) is the main town of North Devon, England and possibly the oldest borough in the United Kingdom. It is a former river port, located at the lowest crossing point of the River Taw, flowing into the Bristol Channel.
1. Exmoor Zoo
4.5 based on 1438 reviews
Winner of FSB Family business 2019,Winner of the Legacy award ,Best Family Business 2017, Gold award for best attraction in the South-west 2012, Exmoor Zoo has become an ideal family day out. The zoo has established a good rapport with the North Devon community and offers a very hand on experience.Activities run throughout the day (every half hour in summer), meet a bird eating spider, hold a snake, feed wallabies), meet some of the zoos friendly furry animals and go to all the talks and feeding sessions!Home to the “Exmoor Beast” (a pair of black leopards), Puma, Cheetah, Maned wolves, monkeys and lots of other unusual animals like Tamandua, Fishing cats, Tapir, Singing dogs and Binturong to just name a few! The zoo is a living place with changes all the time; no visit is ever quite the same.Useful information:• Disabled access (wheelchair provision and scooter hire)• Activities through out the day• Cafeteria• Children’s playground• Undercover picnic areas• Zoo trail.
Reviewed By Holidayer164 - Holsworthy, United KingdomHolsworthy, United Kingdom
First time here, and what a great place, loads to see. informative staff, a great day out for everyone.highly recommended
2. Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
4.5 based on 911 reviews
Reviewed By Mike M - Poole, United KingdomPoole, United Kingdom
One of the National Trust gems. Lovely carriage museum and house from the Chichester dynasty. Plenty of grounds and gardens in which to walk or ramble.
3. Heddon Valley
5 based on 182 reviews
Reviewed By marg199 - Barnstaple, United KingdomBarnstaple, United Kingdom
Get away from it all.
We have been visiting here for years. Beautiful walks reasonably level or steeper gradients depending on your choice. Lovely views whichever walk you choose. The sound of the stream on the lower walk adds to the special feeling of freedom.Different foliag
4. Queen's Theatre
4.5 based on 109 reviews
Reviewed By CastawayKnight - New Fairfield, ConnecticutNew Fairfield, Connecticut
Excellent facility for small town
Barnstaple is very lucky to have such an excellent theatre as the Queen's. The programme of different types of show looked very comprehensive. The staff are super-friendly and although the theatre itself doesn't have on-site car parking, a very large muni
5. Castle Hill
4.5 based on 54 reviews
Privately owned historic 50 acre gardens surround the spectacular family home set in the rolling hills of Devon. Come and enjoy a picnic in the grounds or visit the garden kiosk for a cream tea. Walks take you through the Millennium Garden, Walled Garden Woodland Gardens, past follies, statues and temples. Walk up to the Castle and enjoy spectacular views.
Reviewed By UKTerry - Harlow, United KingdomHarlow, United Kingdom
It merited a LONGER visit
This is the last garden that we visited on our HF Holidays Somerset & Devon Garden Tours which were led excellently by the very knowledgeable and entertaining Christine Walkden.Very regretfully, we only spent one hour at this fine, "Capability Brown" type
6. Broomhill Sculpture Garden
4.5 based on 332 reviews
Reviewed By cochraneOxford - oxfordoxford
Wonderful visit with fantastic food, helpful staff, comfy beds and a marvellous day in the sculpture garden a calm and peaceful place
7. The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
4.5 based on 156 reviews
Reviewed By preglad - New YorkNew York
Heads up: be aware massive improvement's on--check online for reopening schedule
We were of course disappointed to learn once in town, that the well reputed (large & free as well) Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is undergoing a complete restarting including bote the premises and inclusions.Potential visitors (there's much else in
8. Rock Park
4.5 based on 37 reviews
Reviewed By Gingerlover092
Nice park, rubbish out door gym nice views
The park was lovely for the kids, but the hope of using the gym next to was gone when the equipment was useless. The park is good for children, riding bikes and walking. Ice cream / coffee shop was also lovely but only takes cash.
9. Ashford Barnstaple - A Wyevale Garden Centre
3.5 based on 99 reviews
Reviewed By jennib776 - Barnstaple, United KingdomBarnstaple, United Kingdom
Fabulous afternoon tea with plenty of food.Jamie in the cafe was fantastic so cheery and friendly really made our afternoon.
10. Barnstaple - Short Estuary Walk
4.5 based on 43 reviews
A 2.6 mile South West Coast Path walk mostly on a level tarmac path along the Taw Estuary. Look out for wildfowl and waterbirds as you walk past saltmarsh and tiny rocky beaches to the Tarka Inn. For dedicated walkers, the route continues through a once-bustling port and around marshland reclaimed from the sea, to Braunton Burrows.
Reviewed By RObbo60_11 - Fremington, United KingdomFremington, United Kingdom
Just moved to this part of Devon 2 weeks ago and walked from Fremington into Barnstaple along the Tarka Trail and it surpassed my highest expectation, just wonderful. Easy tarmac walking but fairly busy with mainly cyclists, nice to see wheelchair users o