Holiday Cottages - North Devon
Self catering holiday cottages ideal for exploring Barnstaple, South Molton, Bideford, Torrington, Ilfracombe
Barnstaple, an ancient port and trading centre, was the first town to be given borough status in England in 1272. It is now the the shopping centre of North Devon with a good mix of modern shopping centres and traditional shops.
Barnstaple is also famous for its flowers - baskets are hanging from all the shops and there are colourful gardens everywhere, even the roundabouts are full of flowers. The Queen's Theatre, the Astor Cinema, North Devon Leisure Centre, night clubs and restaurants all provide a variety of leisure activities for the local people and visitors alike.
The town has a rich historical heritage which can be seen on the Heritage Trail - conducted during the summer season by the local tourist information centre.This takes in the many historic places including the Norman Motte situated next to the library, the Long bridge, Queen Anne's Walk, the Almshouses, Pannier Market and Guildhall, Butchers Row along with many others.
Tourist Information Centre: 01271 375000
Markets: Monday & Thursday - Craft Tuesday, Friday & Saturday - Pannier Wednesday - Antique & Collectors
Places to visit:-Brannams Pottery, Marwood Hill Gardens, Newport Pottery, St Anne's Chapel and Old Grammar School Museum, Museum of North Devon, Barnstaple Heritage Centre. Tarka Trail Walk by estuary.
South Molton is an ancient town noted for its elegant Georgian buildings. It was granted Royal Charters in the 16th century and 17th century to hold both cattle and produce markets. At its largest in the 1850's with 5,000 people, nine malthouses and 34 licensed houses, South Molton was a flourishing woollen and coaching town. Despite the decline of both those activities, the town has retained it's charm and pride in it's history.
The town is rich in traditional architecture including two fine churches. A town trail directs visitors to the main points of interest including the well-kept award-winning town museum. Today the town has a growing reputation for its antique shops, fine arts and crafts and its selection of local produce, particularly honey and luxurious chocolates both made within the town.
Tourist Information Centre 01769 574122
Markets: Thursday - Pannier & Cattle; Saturday - Pannier (summer only).
Places to visit: - Quince Honey Farm, Hancock's Devon Cider, South Molton Museum
Places to eat: - Old Coaching Inn, Stags Head
Bideford was Britain's third largest port in the 16th Century. Today, the narrow town centre streets lead down to the tree lined quay which bustles with fishing vessels, cargo and pleasure boats. The impressive 24 arch stone bridge built in 1535 leads to the coastal path cycleway and to the disused railway line which is part of the Tarka Trail. The town itself has a thriving shopping centre, friendly cafes and pubs.
Victoria Park provides plenty of interest for the both the horticulturist as well as the kids - with playground equipment and paddling pool. Within the park is the Burton Art Gallery which hosts art and craft collections as well as being the town's museum.
For more information - www.bidefordtown.co.uk
Tourist Information Centre: 01237 477676
Markets: Pannier Market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays all year round and Butchers Row is open 6 days a week all year round.
Quality Period Antique Furniture -
Torrington - Situated on a steep ridge with spectacular views of the Torridge valley, this impressive situation was valued for its strategic importance in the Middle Ages and possible as far back as Saxon times.The earliest indication of Torrington's importance appears in 1086 when it appeared in the Devon Domesday Survey.
Torrington 1646 is the Civil War heritage centre, a unique new indoor/outdoor family attraction located at the heart of Great Torrington. The entrance is in South Street Car Park, a few steps from the wonderful panoramic view over the River Torridge valley.
At Torrington 1646 you will meet colourful 17th Century characters. Dressed in period costume and speaking and acting as though they were living in Great Torrington at the time of the civil war.
Tourist Information Centre 01805 623302
Markets:Thursday - Open Air (high season).
Places to visit: -Rosemoor gardens, Dartington Glass, Torrington 1646, Torridge Valley Walk
Special events are also arranged by the Torrington Cavaliers.
Hatherleigh has or more than 1000 years preserved its character and charm as a true Devon market town. . Visit the working pottery and the art gallery on Market Street featuring the work of many local producers. See seven churches from the Folly at Moor Head or find the monument to Col William Morris who led the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Tuesday morning is without doubt the best time to visit. The market holds a fascinating insight to rural Devon. Here you will find local farmers bidding for cattle, calves, sheep and poultry. There are also stalls selling local produce, plants, crafts etc. This is not a tourist attraction- it is the real Devon and should not be missed
Places to visit: -
Ilfracombe was the holiday resort of the Victorian era, but as its popularity waned it fell into disrepair. However in recent years it has bloomed and is continually changing, the most recent being the Landmark Theatre & Pavilion and the harbour development. This was completed in 2001 to allow for increased usage by visiting yachts, local fishing boats and pleasure craft. You can also sail from here to our very own Atlantic island - Lundy Island for a day trip or longer stay. You can also enjoy boat trips around the coast or go out for a half days fishing.
Tourist information Centre 01271 863001
Places to visit Watermouth Castle, Chambercombe Manor
Little Knowle Farm, High Bickington, Umberleigh,
Nr Barnstaple, North Devon, UK. EX37 9BJ
Tel 01769 560503