The medieval town of Barnstaple is one of the oldest in Britain and among the busiest in North Devon. It boomed thanks to its wool industry and from then on has remained a prosperous place to live and a beautiful town to visit. Join us at our Barnstaple hotel and enjoy the perfect base for visiting the wonderful Exmoor National Park, which protects the pristine wilderness that inspired Wordsworth and Coleridge. See a play at the local theatre, which has spurious links to William Shakespeare. Enjoy a day trip to the puffin paradise that is Lundy Island, or explore the nearby National Trust properties. Such an array of days out is enough to build quite the appetite. So, it’s a good job Barnstaple’s food scene is incredible. As you might expect in Devon, it’s complemented by a marvellous array of pubs with no shortage of fantastic ales.
Things to do in Barnstaple
If you fancy some retail therapy during your stay, Green Lanes is Barnstaple’s main Shopping Centre. It’s right in the town centre and features household names and fashion favourites including New Look, TK Maxx and River Island. The High Street is also lined with popular brands such as FatFace and Joules.
People driving to Barnstaple can take the A361 off the M5 and reach the town in around 45 minutes. If you’re coming by bus, you’ll arrive at the Barnstaple Bus Station on the corner of Belle Meadow Road and Queen Street, which is at the edge of the town centre. You can also travel by train into Barnstaple Railway Station, which is the terminus of the Tarka Line, which comes from Exeter. The station is on the south side of the River Taw and less than a ten-minute drive from our Barnstaple hotel.