A historic town on the River Taw, one of the most interesting historic buildings in Barnstaple is probably the 13th century restored bridge. There are also the remains of a Norman castle mound, as well as St Peter’s Parish Church which dates to 1107 with its unique twisted spire and separate 15th century chapel chantry.
The famous Tarka Trail starts in Barnstaple and is 180 miles long, winding through the remote west coast to the south through the city. Barnstaple is also well-known for its floral displays, that are award-winning. Just a few miles distance away is the National Trust stately home Arlington Court, which offers an interesting collection of historic carriages.
If you’re visiting Barnstaple, you’ll be looking for activities to entertain you during the evening as well. For Things to do in Barnstaple in the evening, visit a site like Devon Life, for lots of details on Things to do in Barnstaple in the evening.
Alfred the Great founded the burh, or fortified city, at the mouth of the River Taw at the end of the 9th century. We know that the Vikings attacked the burh in AD 893 and Barnstaple was considered important enough to be given its very own mint prior to the Norman Conquest. William the Conqueror himself gave the Barnstaple manor to one of his followers, Geoffrey de Montbray. It has a long history of great historical importance.
Studies have shown that visiting heritage sites is good for blood pressure and well-being, so be sure to include Barnstaple’s historic sites in your visit.