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In the valley of the river Taw, the country town of Barnstaple is the principal town of the North Devon region, with good road links to all the region’s popular tourist towns and villages. A large modern shopping mall and out of town shopping facilities make it the largest shopping centre in the area and a good starting point for picking up provisions for a North Devon holiday cottage stay.

The Barnstaple Heritage Centre makes a useful starting point for discovering the town’s history, through a variety of interactive exhibits and displays. The heritage trail through the town details places and buildings of interest, including the nineteenth century Pannier’s market and famous Butcher’s Row, a row of the 33 shops now selling a tantalising array of locally grown and produced foods and goods, from delicatessen products to flowers. Market days are busy in Barnstaple, on Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays.

Barnstaple’s annual Fair is a famous four day event beginning on the Wednesday preceding 20 September each year, with shows, attractions, animal auctions and ancient traditions being observed; a cause for general celebration in the town. Barnstaple visitor must-sees include the Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, a stunning sculpture park and focal point of the thriving North Devon arts and crafts scene, while the nearby Marwood Hill Gardens with its spectacular walled garden is worthy of a visit.

Why not take a look at our self catering cottages in Barnstaple?

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