Historic market towns

Barnstaple north devon

The centre of commerce for North Devon is the historic market town of Barnstaple. The town features a bustling high street with all your favourite brands, but explore the side streets and discover independent local businesses specialising in local foods, arts and crafts, locally made jewellery and gifts and much more.

The jewel in the crown is the Pannier Market, full of Victorian splendour and home to local marketeers and crafts people.

The cinema, theatre, pubs and live venues provide plenty of entertainment.

Barnstaple is the central hub for the 180 mile, figure-of-eight Tarka Trail which traverses North Devon, culminating in a train journey on the Barnstaple to Exeter Tarka Line.

Barnstaple may be the biggest town in North Devon, but there are plenty of others to explore including Ilfracombe with its traditional, working fishing harbour and Victorian architecture.

Bideford is affectionately known as ‘The litte white town’ due to its traditional and historic buildings painted white and situated around the River Torridge.

South Molton is the gateway to Exmoor and is still very much a working market town for the local farms, but also features many art and antique shops.

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