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Historical Town Of Barnstaple


Historical Town Of Barnstaple is a stress free laid back town and good to meander around combining national outlets with independent and local small business. The famous Butchers Row has survived the impact of the retail parks, a row of small shops consisting of Butchers, Fishmongers, Bakers and Delicatessen. The Victorian Pannier Market still thrives and was voted in the top ten food markets in the U K. Open six days a week and selling Antiques and Collectables on Wednesdays. Barnstaple is a market town and is the nearest to Holmsleigh.


Historical Town Of Barnstaple claims to be the oldest borough in the UK dating back to the 900’s, a former river port flowing into the Bristol Chanel, It’s location and man made quays helped the town to thrive.Interrupted for a time by the civil war in 1642. Bullet holes from this time can still be seen in some of the buildings. The town centre still preserves a medieval layout and character and the oldest part of Barnstaple is the ancient monument of a Norman castle. The castle mound and castle green are located next to the library and is an ideal place to sit and enjoy the park environment. If you want to learn more about the history of Barnstaple The Heritage Centre is a good option or even join a guided tour for free every Thursday at 11 am meeting in The Square Walking is traffic free along the Tarka Trail and there is a cafe and a pub along route. The No 21 bus is every 15 mins and avoids the parking charges at £1.10 per hour in the town car parks.