Barnstaple, Devon Travel Guide

October 31, 2014 7:36 PM


This week I'm in Barnstaple in North Devon. Not only is Barnstaple a great place to drive past on the way to a holiday in Devon, it can also be an interesting place to visit.

Of all the places I have visited in the UK, Barnstaple is defintely one of them. On average, Barnstaple's population of three and a half thousand spends more each year on pasties per head than their counterparts in Bideford do in less than half that time.

And Barnstaple is a great place to shop. Before I visited the indoor market here I didn't even know what a pannier was, in fact after spending a good half hour shopping at the Pannier Market I still don't but I did manage to buy some decorative birds of England place mats and a copy of Deep Impact on VHS.

Despite what you might think, it's not all illegal street drug taking and unemployment here, there's also fun things to do like postmen and clocks. You could also visit the elegantly designed North Devon Leisure Centre and try your hand at table tennis or table golf. For the more educated there's the Barnstaple and North Devon Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

Getting to Barnstaple is easy, I traveled here in my car and you can do the same, just give me a bit of notice as I need my car for work. The museum is completely free to visit for both adults and children and at times the local tourist board even offer cash incentives to encourage tourists to the visit.


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