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Explore the very best of North Devon

Get the most from your stay at The Barnstaple Hotel and explore Barnstaple and the surrounding areas of North Devon. Enjoy a break filled with adventure, outstanding attractions and beautiful beaches all at your fingertips. A stay with us unlocks a whole lot more, let us exceed your expectations when it comes to a break nestled in the South West. 

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Exclusive GuestDiscounts

We love to treat our guests, and part of that is giving you ways to make the most of your visit to North Devon. We feel everyone should enjoy all that the area has to offer which is why we've teamed up with North Devon attractions to offer you discounts throughout your visit. 

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Discover theBarnstaple Collection

As our guest, you have access to some exclusive North Devon discounts and benefits through our Barnstaple Collection. Enjoy an array of discounted dining across our sister hotels from cocktails, to lunches and afternoon teas, there's a discount for everyone. 

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 Discover a stay full of Devon Charm

To give you a helping hand at getting the most out of your stay, we've pulled together a list of some of the most enchanting things to do. Make the most of your time in North Devon and the surrounding area by exploring all the area has to offer. 

Young family in gardens at RHS Rosemoor

RHS Rosemoor Gardens

Distance: 13.4 Miles [26 Minutes]

Receive £8 entry instead of £12.65 when you stay with us

At Rosemoor gardens, you can enjoy 65-acres of beautifully planted flower beds, set within a pretty wooded valley.

go karting

Race World Go-Karting

Distance: 56.3 Miles [1 Hour 12 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us 

Race World Go-Karting track is Exeter's very best indoor racing track! With a 400m circuit, flyover bridge, state-of-the-art equipment.

woman walking out to sea with surfboard

Croyde Bay Surf Hire

Distance: 9.6 Miles [21 Minutes]

Croyde Bay Surf Hire stocks a selection of surfboards, bodyboards and stand up paddle boards for all levels of surfer.

surfboard on beach at Saunton

Walking on Waves

Distance: 8.3 Miles [23 Minutes]

10% discount on all lessons & 25% off 2pm group surf lessons

First Wave sessions are designed to get you off the beach, in the water, and having fun as quickly as possible. 

couple on a kayak

OSKC Water Sports

Distance: 11.6 Miles [25 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

Watersports centre in Combe Martin offering all types of kayak and stand up paddle board activities including hire and guided kayak tours.

Stuart line cruise

Stuart Line Cruises

Distance: 60.4 Miles [1 Hour 21 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

Sailing all year round, you can set sail and explore the rich wildlife and breathtaking views of the River Exe.

man on sup board at sunset

H2o Outdoor

Distance: 10 Miles [20 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

Coasteering, Kayaking, Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Wild Swimming are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed.


EasiGlide Segway Experience

Distance: 10.9 Miles [22 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

Rolling hills, ocean views, muddy fields, sand dunes as well as plenty of obstacle courses and games provide the ultimate thrill of riding a Segway.

children on slides at Milky Way

The Milky Way Adventure Park

Distance: 18.3 Miles [28 Minutes]

Receive 10% off entry when you stay with us [term time only]

An all-weather theme park with something for everyone. From the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster and gravity rider donut slide to Dodgems.

Becky Falls river

Becky Falls

Distance: 43.9 Miles [1 Hour 26 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

No visit to Devon would be complete without a visit to Dartmoor's iconic landmark. Come and breathe some of the purest air in England, explore 50 acres of stunning woodlands and enjoy a very, very warm welcome!


Air Extreme

Distance: 3.2 Miles [9 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

Go and have fun in their massive indoor trampoline park in Barnstaple, North Devon, filled wall to wall with trampolines and much more. 

Dartington Crystal

Dartington Crystal

Distance: 12.7 Miles [25 Minutes]

20% off first Quality items in their store

Delve into the history and heritage of Dartington Crystal before venturing around the modern-day factory as you witness glass-making demonstrations in a newly installed studio furnace.

exmoor zoo

Exmoor Zoo

Distance: 11.2 Miles [23 Minutes]

15% off entry when you stay with us

From majestic big cats like the Eurasian lynx to adorable meerkats and playful lemurs, guests have the opportunity to observe these fascinating creatures up close.

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Distance: 24.4 Miles [41 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

The award-winning house, with its fascinating interiors and decoration, beautiful woodland walks, walled gardens and parkland, has been in the same family ownership for generations and provides a warm welcome to visitors.

someone painting pottery

Tarka Pottery

Distance: 14.2 Miles [28 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

You can choose from making a bowl on the potter’s wheel, painting a pot or joining a clay workshop or pottery class.

2 people in bee keeping clothes with bee hive

Quince Honey Farm

Distance: 12 Miles [22 Minutes]

10% off entry when you stay with us

Take a guided tour around the interesting displays and exhibits and learn fun facts about the honeybee before you take a closer look inside the working hives.

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Tapeley Park

Distance: 9.8 Miles [17 Minutes]

2 for 1 entry when you stay with us

Take in the magnificent views over the Torridge Estuary to the sea beyond. Their grounds are renowned for their beautiful gardens, especially the Italian terraces where visitors can sit back and relax and make the most of the peace and tranquillity.

Quad biker

Keypitts Activity Centre

Distance: 9.8 Miles [21 Minutes]

10% off when you stay with us

A fantastic activity centre near Ilfracombe, offering Quad Biking, Axe Throwing and 4×4 Land Rover Experience. 

The Ultimate Adventure Activity Centre

The Ultimate Adventure Activity Centre

Distance: 11.3 Miles [19 Minutes]

15% off when you stay with us

Choose from, high ropes, kayaking, coasteering, archery, paddle-boarding, mountain boarding, surfing, and the famous total wipeout-inspired assault course. 

family shopping

Affinity Devon Shopping Outlet

Distance: 12.3 Miles [20 Minutes]

Fantastic shopping with over 30 stores from famous national brands, offering a fantastic variety of offers on normal retail prices. Clothes, food and drink, children's play area and regular events.

Barnstaple Pannier Market

Barnstaple Pannier Market

Distance: 1.3 Miles [6 Minutes]

The Market trades every day of the week on butcher's row and hosts regular food festivals. A great place to browse for local produce.


Blakewell Fisheries

Distance: 2.6 Miles [8 Minutes]

Devon's premier fly fishing venue, with lakes stretching over five acres. There is also a great range of activities for youngsters.

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Barnstaple Museum

Distance: 2.3 Miles [9 Minutes]

Explore the brilliant displays and collections at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. 

Arlington Court North Devon

Arlington Court

Distance: 9 Miles [20 Minutes]

Arlington Court is a beautiful family estate, which has been held by the Chichester family for over 500 years, with an impressive house, excellent gardens and a unique carriage museum.

woman playing bowls


The Barnstaple Hotel is conveniently located for many local bowls clubs including Bideford Bowling Club, Bideford Victoria Park Bowls Club, Torrington Bowling Club, South Molton Bowling Club, and Kingsley Indoor Bowls Club at Westward Ho!

castle hill gardens in north devon

Castle Hill

Distance: 10.5 Miles [21 Minutes]

Castle Hill house and gardens are steeped in history and are, and have been for centuries. Visit Castle Hill’s gardens and stay to enjoy refreshments at their tearoom.



Distance: 20.8 Miles [34 Minutes]

World famous for its cobbled, traffic-free street, donkeys, sledges and historic harbour. The stunning views of this fishing village, built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port.

Combe Martin Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Distance: 12 Miles [24 Minutes]

At Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, you can see some wonderful wildlife including wolves, sea lions, meerkats and African Lions. Also featured are impressive dinosaur models and some unusual attractions.

group of people canoeing

Exmoor Adventures

Distance: 31.8 Miles [1 Hour]

Exmoor adventures provides a range of award winning outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building, archery, stand-up paddle boarding, tree climbing & orienteering.

soft play


Distance: 2.6 Miles [10 Minutes]

There are tubes slides, bumpy slides, crawl tubes, ball cannons, rope bridges, spider webs, dangly snakes, gliders, scramble nets, ball pools, log ramps, punch bags, edu blocks and so much more including specially dedicated area for the under 3’s to enjoy. 

Haynes Motor Museum

Haynes Motor Museum

Distance: 81 Miles [1 Hour 46 Minutes]

Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford near Yeovil in Somerset, England, contains over 400 cars and motorcycles and a collection of other automobilia.

Heddons Mouth

Heddon Valley

Distance: 15.1 Miles [32 Minutes]

The famous Heddon Valley has exceptional walks and stunning views. Starting from the National Trust Visitor Centre, there is a selection of beautiful walks to choose from. The picturesque cobbled beach at Heddon's Mouth is only accessible by footpath.

Ilfracombe aquarium

Ilfracombe Aquarium

Distance: 12.4 Miles [27 Minutes]

The aquarium offers Local Aquatic Exhibits and showcases a diverse collection of animals displayed within beautifully recreated natural habitats.

man playing bowling

Let's Go! Ten Pin Bowling

Distance: 0.2 Miles [2 Minutes]

Right next door to the Barnstaple Hotel, Let's Go! is great fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Lundy Island

Lundy Island

In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure. Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland, with more sunshine and less rain. Book a day trip on the MS Oldenburg to Lundy from Bideford quay.


Lynton & Lynmouth

Distance: 19.1 Miles [36 Minutes]

The famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway is the highest and the steepest totally water-powered railway in the world! The Cliff Railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth providing stunning coastal views that will be the highlight of any visit. 

stream and gardens

Marwood Hill Gardens

Distance: 3.5 Miles [11 Minutes]

Marwood Hill Gardens is an excellent 20-acre private garden and lakes, with a Garden Tea Room and wonderful views.

man wake boarding

North Devon Wake Park

Distance: 18.5 Miles [29 Minutes]

The WakePark has a variety of outdoor activities for all ages which include wakeboarding, Paddleboarding, slacklining and their unique aquapark. 

people in a cinema

Scott Cinemas

Distance: 1.6 Miles [7 Minutes]

Only a short drive from The Barnstaple Hotel, Scott Cinemas has 4 screens showing today's best blockbusters.

Group of people on high ropes

Skern Lodge Outdoor Centre

Distance: 11.5 Miles [21 Minutes]

Try an amazing range of sports delivered by trained staff. Activities include climbing, zip wire, archery, surfing, bodyboarding, and kayaking.


Tarka Tennis

Distance: 1.4 Miles [6 Minutes]

There are 6 indoor courts and 4 outdoor courts at this ‘Pay and Play’ tennis centre in Barnstaple.

Sheep with lamb on back

The Big Sheep

Distance: 11.2 Miles [19 Minutes]

Ewe will love this family day out, with live shows, farmyard animals, rides and entertainment. From tractor driving to feeding the baby animals, there's a little bit of everything to keep children and adults amused. 

audience watching theatre production

The Queen's Theatre

Distance: 1.4 Miles [7 Minutes]

Whether it's a play, musical, ballet, opera, band or comedian. It’s fun and exciting, which makes it a fabulous venue to bring somebody you want to impress.

family of four cycling

The Tarka Trail

Experience the wonderful variety of the local countryside, including rugged moorland, gorgeous wooded valleys, cliff top views and beautiful sandy beaches.

Watermouth Cove North Devon

Watermouth Castle

Distance: 11.5 Miles [27 Minutes]

A family theme park with rides, a maze, dungeons, play areas and beautifully landscaped gardens. Little ones will enjoy the castle treasure, the water show and the toboggan.

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