Our guide to Barnstaple & Bideford holiday cottages

Barnstaple is a large market town in North Devon, and stands on the River Taw. With the area’s finest shopping, a fascinating history and a convenient location for visiting surrounding attractions – Barnstaple holidays offer plenty to see and do! Nearby, Bideford was once amongst Britain’s largest ports, and remains a bustling quay. Self-catering Bideford holiday cottages are great choices for family-friendly holidays, or just a break for two. Bideford and Barnstaple are the perfect locations to get away from it all - at any time of the year.

Things to do in Bideford & Barnstaple

Taking a break in Bideford & Barnstaple is full of excitement, whether you’re looking for adventure or are searching for rest and relaxation. If you’re in the area during May, attend the Exmoor Walking Festival. Taking place over 10 days, enjoy a programme of guided walks to local landmarks, around woodland or through the countryside. The 30 guided walks range in length and many include stops for tasty cream teas along the way.

If you want to try some local produce, there’s no better way than by visiting the Barnstaple Farmers Market. Voted one of the best food markets in the UK, you’re bound to find some delicious food and wares. The market has everything from fruit, fish and cheese to meat and cakes. Make sure you also check out Butchers Row for the best in meat and fish.

We’re sure adults will love the North Devon Beer Festival, so if you’re around in May why not pop along for the very best in ciders and beer. If you don’t drink, don’t worry. There’s also plenty of food on display as well as live music for all to enjoy. This free event is a big attraction and with over 30 local ales to try, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Bideford & Barnstaple Attractions

The attractions in Bideford & Barnstaple is part of its allure. The whole family will love a train journey so head to the Tarka Line for a day of exploration and adventure. Stretching from Exeter to Barnstaple, hop along the train to discover some of the best countryside views in the area. On the way, you’ll spy thatched villages, local wildlife and the famous red rock. Another opportunity to get up close to some local occupants is via the North Devon Falconry. Here, you’ll find a range of birds as you get the chance to interact with hawks and get to know falcons or eagle owls. This unforgettable day is a once in a lifetime experience to treasure.

For more of a cultural experience, a visit to Burton Art Gallery is a must. This thrilling gallery and museum offers displays and exhibitions of some of the finest works in the area. The craft gallery also displays beautiful jewellery, pottery and ceramics from local artists. The regular family events are a great way for all the family to get involved in arts and crafts. For the more active types, we highly suggest visiting the Ultimate Adventure Centre. Thrill seekers will love getting to grips with coasteering along the beautiful coast. Experience sea caves and turbulent seas are on your way, but don’t worry, you’ll have the knowledge of a local instructor to guide you.

The Tarka Line

Everyone loves a train journey, and a ride on the stretch that connects Exeter and Barnstaple is extra special. Hop aboard The Tarka Line to take in some of Devon’s most unspoilt scenery…this picturesque line runs for 39 blissful between Barnstaple and Exeter. You’ll chug your way past peaceful countryside, the distinctive red rock that’s made the county famous and...

North Devon Falconry

Here’s an idea for an unforgettable experience, spend a whole day hunting with Harris hawks, handle them for yourself and enjoy a swish lunch at a local restaurant. A day package for the North Devon Falconry includes all of the above and more, all under the watchful eye of a falconer. You’ll start your day with a brief lesson on...
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