Our guide to Appledore holiday cottages & apartments

Charles Kingsley described Appledore as “a little white fishing village”, and it sits right at the mouth of the Torridge and Taw estuary. That means long fish dinners in restaurants with views across the water, a varied maritime history to discover and plenty of long shoreside walks during a visit.

Appledore’s cobbled streets are lined with brightly coloured cottages that reflect the village’s laidback atmosphere, and as it’s just 3 miles from Bideford it’s still close enough to the area’s family attractions to make days out with the kids easy.

Things to do in Appledore

Appledore is an exceptional area for things to do. One of the big events is the Appledore Book Festival. Taking place from the end of September until the beginning of October, Appledore is the perfect picturesque place to hold this charming literary event. Welcoming successful writers and speakers, the programme includes book readings, live workshops and film nights.

In a seaside town, there’s bound to be something on the water and Appledore is no different. At the beginning of August, the Appledore and Instow Regatta takes place. Look out for the Gaffers and Luggers sailing races, dragon boat style racing and other activities. There’s plenty of fun for all the family with an art show, crabbing, tug of war and lots of stalls on hand to keep everyone entertained.

While we’re positive you won’t want to leave Appledore once you’ve arrived, you might fancy taking a little trip over the sea. If you enjoy exploring, then take an adventure on a ferry to nearby Instow. If you prefer to stay closer to shore, try a little fishing trip. The fishing trips occur in the Torridge Estuary and it’s the ideal way to spend a relaxing day.

Appledore Attractions

Appledore has plenty of attractions and we’re sure you’ll enjoy a visit to the beach. Appledore Beach is one of the most beautiful in the UK so it’s the perfect way to spend some time with all the family. Whether you want to take a stroll or admire the picturesque views in this once bustling maritime village, you’ll find it’s your happy place to unwind and take in the fresh air.

Another incredible place for a sunny stroll is Appledore and Northam Burrows. Begin your walk on Appledore’s main car park on the seafront and follow the almost 7 mile journey on the grassy, coastal landscape. As well as being a stunning location, the burrows are also a Site of Scientific Interest due to the coastal habitats. Within the sand dunes and salt marshes, you’ll find a range of birds and rare plants.

Get to know more about the maritime history of Appledore with a trip to the North Devon Maritime Museum. Situated in a stunning Georgian building, discover more about the shipbuilding history of the area through exhibitions, photographs and displays. With seven exhibition rooms, each tells an enthralling story, including WWII beach landings, wreck and rescues, shipbuilding techniques and the Victorian era.

Restaurants in Appledore

With a wonderful selection of pubs and restaurants to choose from, Appledore isn't short on choice for a great meal out. Some of our favourites include The Flame Factory which is set inside a beautiful Georgian building on the quay front. This family-owned and run restaurant serves up wood fired pizzas, delicious burgers and mouth-watering steaks.The restaurant also prides itself on its vegetarian and vegan menu and offers gluten free options for burger buns and pizza bases. The Royal George pub with its superb views across the estuary is another lovely choice with a menu consisting of innovative dishes with twists on traditional classics. The kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. And if you're after the best fish and chips in the area pop down to The Royal Plaice. It comes highly recommended by locals and visitors for light and crispy, fresh and delicious seafood to either eat in or to take away.

The Appledore and Instow Regatta

With their locations right beside the Taw and Torridge estuaries there are few places more suited to a regatta celebrating all things connected to the maritime life than Appledore and its neighbour Instow. The Appledore and Instow Regatta takes place at the beginning of each August and sees a whole host of different events, stalls and activities. There’s always a...

Appledore and Northam Burrows

This walk starts in Appledore Main Car Park on Appledore’s seafront, and it’s a nice one if you’re taking your dog along as it passes a dog friendly beach and a pub that welcomes them inside. At 6.9 miles, this route will take you along the grassy coastal landscape that sits at the mouth of the Taw-Torridge estuary. Not just...
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