Covid-19 advice:

Where you can go on holiday | Check FCDO updates before you travel

Find out more

Barnstaple car hire

Driver's age
Compare 20+ trusted brands

Find your perfect rental car

Part of MoneySuperMarket

Saving you money for more than 15 years

Fair fuel policy

Only pay for the fuel you use

No hidden fees

Find flexible policies with our partners

We compare a huge range of one-way and return car hire deals from over 20 leading rental companies
avis logoholiday-autos logoargus-car-hire logosixt logorentalcars logoeuropcar logo

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.

Car hire tips and travel inspiration

Revealed! The cheapest time to book a hire car is...

Read moreabout Revealed! The cheapest time to book a hire car is...

7 car hire rip-offs and how to avoid them

Read moreabout 7 car hire rip-offs and how to avoid them

9 of the best road trips in Britain and Ireland

Read moreabout 9 of the best road trips in Britain and Ireland

Great Britain's top 10 staycation destinations

Read moreabout Great Britain's top 10 staycation destinations
Read more from the blog

Get your travel essentials sorted for less

Travel Insurance

Make sure you find the right cover. Compare a range of comprehensive travel insurance policies.

Compare Travel Insurance


Finding the right holiday is much more than getting the cheapest price. Compare thousands of ATOL-protected breaks.

Compare Holidays


Get from A to B hassle free with an affordable transfer. Compare a range of options and save.

Compare Transfers


Make sure your ride is safe and secure while you’re away. Compare a range of airport parking deals.

Compare Parking


Fly away with an incredible deal. Search and compare a huge range of airlines today.

Compare Flights


Whether you’re after boutique in Berlin or affordable in the Algarve, the right hotel is just a comparison away.

Compare Hotels

Related destinations

Sign up. Be inspired. Travel.

Subscribe now for hand-picked holiday deals, inspiration and the latest travel tips, straight to your inbox.

Sign up to newsletter

We won't pass your details on to anyone else. By clicking the sign up button you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.