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

South Stowford | Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple EX31 4SG, England Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Zoos & Aquariums
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4.5 based on 1438 reviews

Exmoor Zoo

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

Excellent

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

Arlington near Barnstaple, Barnstaple EX31 4LP, England Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
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4.5 based on 911 reviews

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum

Reviewed By Mike M - Poole, United KingdomPoole, United Kingdom

Excellent museum

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

Martinhoe | Between Combe Martin & Lynton, Barnstaple EX31 4PY, England Nature & Parks, Valleys
Excellent
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5 based on 182 reviews

Heddon Valley

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

Queens Theatre Boutport Street, Barnstaple EX31 1SY, England Concerts & Shows, Theaters
Excellent
49%
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Queen's Theatre

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

Filleigh, Barnstaple EX32 0RQ, England Sights & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas, Castles
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Castle Hill

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

Muddiford Road, Muddiford, Barnstaple EX31 4EX, England Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 332 reviews

Broomhill Sculpture Garden

Reviewed By cochraneOxford - oxfordoxford

Brilliant meals

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

The Square | Beside the River Taw and not far from Rock Park which is at the end of Taw Vale, Barnstaple EX32 8LN, England Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
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4.5 based on 156 reviews

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon

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

| Taw Vale, Barnstaple EX32 8LS, England Nature & Parks
Excellent
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Rock Park

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

Strand Lane, Barnstaple EX31 4BW, England Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
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3.5 based on 99 reviews

Ashford Barnstaple - A Wyevale Garden Centre

Reviewed By jennib776 - Barnstaple, United KingdomBarnstaple, United Kingdom

Afternoon tea

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

| Barnstaple Station, Barnstaple EX31 2AU, England Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Scenic Walking Areas, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Jogging Paths & Tracks More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Barnstaple - Short Estuary Walk

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

Wonderful

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

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