Barnstaple is a lively place to visit with plenty to see, including museums, family attractions and the beautiful North Devon landscape. The Queens Theatre provides plenty of entertainment with a variety of music, dance, ballet, drama, opera and kid’s shows. You’ll have a great choice when going out for a meal, with a range of different restaurants with international menus, and there’s also a varied selection of pubs, bars and live music venues for an enjoyable evening out.
If you’re planning on going shopping, then the town will have all you’re looking for, and includes the Green Lanes Shopping Centre. For business in the town, the range of conference centres include those at the Barnstaple Hotel and the Queens Theatre, and the nearest airport for internation flights is Exeter Airport.
Barnstaple Car Hire
Wherever you are in Barnstaple, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Barnstaple car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Some places to visit during your stay in Barnstaple could include the following:
You can have a great family day out at this Zoo, all set in rural surroundings, with many animals to see, including kangaroos, gibbons, lemurs, leopards, reindeer, squirrel monkeys and porcupines, and birds such as penguins, rheas and owls. There are regular talks where you can learn more about the animals, along with handling sessions with some of the them.
Close to Barnstaple you can visit this 19th century country house built in Neo-Classical style. Visitors can have a guided tour around the house and learn about the interesting history of the building and its owners, see the elegant furniture, grand staircase and 19th century grand piano. The house is home to many lovely collections such as Napoleonic model ships, and you can also see the Carriage Museum with many horse-drawn carriages. There are also the gardens of the house to explore, along with a lake, meadows and woodlands.
The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
At this Museum visitors can learn about the history of the area with collections including local prehistoric finds, North Devon animals and marine creatures, furniture, decorative arts, and the interesting Tarka Gallery which is all about otters.
The Tarka Trail
This is a network of paths around Barnstaple and surrounding areas following the journey Tarka the Otter travelled. There are both paths for walking and cycling, with many natural landscapes to be seen along the way, along with all the nature and wildlife of the area.
Barnstaple Heritage Centre
You can come here to learn about life in Barnstaple through the ages, including the Saxon, medieval, English Civil War and 18th century displays, and there are interesting activities to take part in for all ages, including a Heritage Trail.
North Devon Leisure Centre
This Leisure Centre provides a good range of leisure and sporting activities such as squash, swimming, gym, a selection of sports in the hall including volleyball, netball, martial arts and table tennis, and and the Centre offers a range of different classes to take.
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