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Dating back to the 900s, Barnstaple is thought to be the oldest borough in England. The North Devon town has plenty on offer for visitors, including historic sites, great shopping and a fantastic food scene. However, arranging car hire in Barnstaple will allow you to go a bit further afield and see what's on offer close by.

Whatever kind of break you're looking for, Barnstaple won't disappoint. Here are some reasons why you should go...


Organising car rental in Barnstaple couldn't be easier. Use our search tool to compare deals, pre-book online and then pick up your vehicle from downtown locations.

However, before you take off in your car to see outer lying areas, it is worth having a look around the town itself. 

One of the best ways to experience Barnstaple's historic past is to go on a guided heritage trail. This will allow you to learn about the part it has played through the centuries and see particular points of interest. If you're still hungry for history, the Barnstaple Heritage Centre, housed in a Grade 1 listed building, and the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon have plenty to see too. 

Foodies will enjoy breaks away in Barnstaple, as Devon is famed for its local produce. The historic Pannier Market showcases local specialities and delicacies and was actually voted one of Britain's top 10 food markets. The town is also home to Butchers Row which dates back to 1855 and has a butcher, fishmonger and bakeries. There's also a variety of independent restaurants throughout the town serving up global cuisine.

Visit Queen's Theatre if you fancy catching a show while on your visit to Barnstaple, or if you fancy spending time in the great outdoors, pleasant walks can be enjoyed on the Takra Trail which runs alongside the River Taw. Sporty types wanting to work on their swing should head to Portmore where you will find an 18-hole golf course.

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