Barnstaple is thought to be the oldest borough in the UK and remains the commercial and agricultural centre of North Devon. The town centre has a variety of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture and its fascinating history of wool trading, pottery, plasterwork and furniture can be further explored at the towns museum.
There are a great variety of shops in Barnstaple from independent stores, Green Lanes shopping centre that is home to many high-street names to Butchers Row and the Pannier market. The Pannier market is hugely popular and displays the fantastic offerings from North Devon’s finest food and artisan producers with events such as Vintage Markets and Food Festivals throughout the year.
The town offers an abundance of cafes, bakeries with freshly baked pasties and scones to a broad spectrum of restaurants that serve Burgers to Tapas, Italian and Mexican cuisine.
Barnstaple is blessed with a number of green spaces that have great children’s play areas; Rock Park and Pilton Park are both worth a visit. Rock park also has a large skate area.