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

Foodies will adore the selection of cuisine that Appledore has to offer. One of the quaintest restaurants is Bensons. This award-winning restaurant specialises in fresh fish, though there’s plenty of choice on the menu. However, it’s hard to resist the delicious lobster or crab. We suggest booking early as its hugely popular. But, once you’ve reserved your table it’s yours for the whole evening. The restaurant doesn’t cater for under twelves so make this your place for some adult relaxation time.

Another amazing restaurant is The Quay. Located by the waterfront, this bistro has an army of fans and rightly so. With a friendly atmosphere and mouth-watering fish dishes, it’s hard to resist its charm. If you prefer to take a little break, you can just have a coffee instead as you watch the world go by.

If sneaky drink is more your thing, take a refreshing pit stop at the Coach and Horses. This 15th century pub boasts old beams and an original fireplace to enhance its homely character. As well as a drink, you can order food from the pub restaurant. The local pub grub goes down a storm with residents and visitors alike so we definitely recommend having a bite to eat.

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 may be one of the quaintest places imaginable but it still pulls it out of the bag when it comes to fine dining. Bensons is an award winner of a restaurant right on the quay, and – like all good quayside restaurants - it specialises in fresh, locally–caught fish. If you want to sample something extra special (and the...
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