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Barnstaple’s population stands at 25,000 according to the 2011 You.Gov census.
It would be fair to say, it’s difficult to arrive in Barnstaple in a hurry. The never-rushed A361 connects Barnstaple with the M5 motorway (35 miles away). The A39 is the coastal route, between Minehead (Somerset), Port Isaac, all the way to Truro (Cornwall). Barnstaple does have a train station, trains to London take 3.49 hours, Bristol 3 hours and Cardiff 4 hours. The nearest airport is Exeter (37 miles).
The main source of local news and events in Barnstaple is the North Devon Gazette.
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Your Barnstaple removals are just the beginning. Once the dust settles and the boxes are unpacked, here’s a rundown of the very best of Barnstaple for you to explore;
Tea By The Taw serve traditional cream teas, HUGE cakes, delicate sandwiches and tasty treats, using local suppliers and ingredients. And the view is fantastic!
Sitting in Butchers Row, this amazing cheese shop and deli is an absolute must for foodies. As well as the biggest selection of cheeses, they also serve savoury goodies and more.
New home, new look? If you’re looking for a stand out piece of furniture or sleek and timeless style, FW Home Stores have something special for every room.
Bess Hill Farm Shop really is a bit special, packed full of the very best food and drink from across Devon, it’s one of our favourite places to shop and always worth a visit.
Historic, lively, picturesque and sunny, Barnstaple is one of the gems of the South West. The town is packed with interesting and quirky old buildings tracing back to the many trades over the years. In its time Barnstaple has; produced wool and clothe, been a major port, market town, shipbuilder, foundry and more.
Today the pretty streets and weekly markets remain, along with the quayside and Butchers Row, a foodie haven packed with butchers, cheese shop, fishmongers, delis, cafes and more. One of the largest employers in the area is the Royal Marines who are based just outside the town.
While Barnstaple’s claims to be the oldest borough in Britain may not be verified (a title that is hotly contested by other locales), it is certainly one of the most charming.
History buffs will have plenty to explore. There’s a number of buildings and historic sites. This is of course an historic port, and the local museum is a great place to start before hitting the streets and doing your own detecting.
If you love the great outdoors there is plenty to see, you can stroll along the quayside or hit the Tarka Trail which is 180 miles of traffic free paths.
The town has a busy events calendar celebrating the history and arts and crafts of the region as well as beer, food and music festivals. There’s also a theatre, cinema, leisure centre with a swimming pool, plus a number of societies and groups covering a wide array of interests and hobbies.
From the north the picturesque coastal route heads through the town, south to Truro on the Cornish Peninsular. The main A361 connects the town with the M5 motorway to Bristol and the Midlands. The nearest airport can be found at Exeter (37 miles). Trains routes are not the fastest reaching Bristol in 3 hours, London in 3 hours and 49 minutes, and Cardiff in around 4 hours.