Bideford was the major port in the area between 1550 and 1750, and is still in use today although the number of cargo ships visiting the quayside is much smaller.
Bridgeland Street still retains the grand merchant houses, and there is an indoor Pannier Market, now refurbished, near the top of the High Street. The town shopping area spans Mill Street and the High Street with a mix of small shops and chain stores.
The town is on steep hills overlooking the river and the unusual 15th Century bridge, each of the 24 arches are a different size, spans the River Torridge.
There are pleasant walks from Bideford along the river to Appledore and the Tarka Trail inland to Torrington or towards Barnstaple along an old railway track. Cycles can be rented just over the old bridge near the old railway station.
A modern bridge now takes traffic from Cornwall and Barnstaple over the river.
Bideford does get busy in summer, there is Pay Parking by the quayside.
More recently an out of town shopping village, Atlantic Village, has been built with outlet shops and a supermarket.
The one mile quay side The quayside on the banks of the River Torridge.
M.S. Oldenburg Take a boat trip to the the unique island of Lundy.
Northam Swimming Pool Enjoy a swim at this modern pool.
Torrington Golf Course 4.4 miles Torrington's local golf club - just outside the town.
Abbotsham Church 1.3 miles A nice village church to see.
Tapeley Park Gardens Lovely gardens created in the 19th century.
Burton Art Gallery A good local art gallery with a range of exhibitions.
Appledore Crafts Company 2.7 miles Look at local crafts and art.
North Devon Maritime Museum 2.6 miles Discovery the long maritime history of this area.
Abbotsham Cliffs 2.4 miles For nice cliff-top walks on the North Devon coast.
Northam Burrows 2.5 miles Good for walks along the flat burrows and more hilly sand dunes.
Big Sheep 1.3 miles Ideal for children, great fun for a family day out.
Towns Near Bideford To Visit - straight line distance:Abbotsham (1.24 miles) Westward Ho! (1.88 miles) Appledore (2.78 miles) Great Torrington (5.51 miles)