The ‘capital’ of North Devon

Barnstaple, one of the UK’s oldest boroughs, is the main town in North Devon with plenty of things to see and do to learn more about the town’s heritage

The Pannier Market has been the host of markets for over 1,000 years and has been standing since the 1800s. It plays host to a range of events – from regular markets to showcases of delicious local produce and incredible street food. The Pannier Market is flanked by Butcher’s Row, a terrace of ten shops under an iron roof, which historically was the location of a number of butchers. These days, there are a host of interesting independent shops. You can browse the appealing mix of big brand shops and traditional family businesses along the High Street or take in a show at the Queen’s Theatre.

Find out more about the region’s history at The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, the collections and displays cover the natural and human history, including the Pre-History of North Devon, the Tarka Gallery and the Regimental Collection of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.

Just next to the library in the town centre, you’ll find the remains of Barnstaple Castle, this former Motte and Baily Castle was a main feature of the town during Norman times. You can reward yourself for finding the castle with the incredible views of the Taw Valley from the top.

The scenic Tarka Line runs from Barnstaple to Exeter, following the gentle river valleys of the Yeo and Taw. The line has linked North and South Devon since 1854. It is an ideal and picturesque way to visit Exeter