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Bideford was the major port in the area between 1550 and 1750.

Bridgeland Street still retains the grand merchant houses, and there is an indoor Pannier Market, now refurbished.

The town is on steep hills overlooking the river and the unusual 15th Century bridge, each of the 24 arches are a different size.

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 bridge next to the main road.

Now there is a bridge taking traffic from Cornwall and Barnstaple.

Busy in summer, Pay Parking by the quay.

Out of town shopping village, Atlantic Village, with new supermarket.

Tourist Attractions in and near Bideford to Visit

Activities

Activities

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.

Torrington Swimming Pool 5.4 miles Local swimming pool.

Churches

Churches

Abbotsham Church 1.3 miles A nice village church to see.

Gardens

Gardens

Tapeley Park Gardens Lovely gardens created in the 19th century.

RHS Garden Rosemoor 6.2 miles A Royal Horticultural Society showcase garden.

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

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.

Dartington Crystal 5.2 miles Visit the factory of Darlington Crystal.

Museums

Museums

North Devon Maritime Museum 2.6 miles Discovery the long maritime history of this area.

Torrington 1646 5.6 miles Travel back to the time of the English Civil War.

Torrington Heritage Museum 5.6 miles The local history museum.

Outdoors

Out & About

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.

Braunton Burrows 5.6 miles Acres and acres of sand dunes to explore or relax in.

The sea and cliffs 5.9 miles Ideal cliff top walks.

Venues

Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

Plough Arts Centre 5.5 miles A lively arts centre with films, events, plays and talks.

Theme Parks

Adventure & Theme Parks

Big Sheep 1.3 miles Ideal for children, great fun for a family day out.

Milky Way An adventure park for children and adults.

Days Out around Bideford.

Visit the charming cobbled village of Clovelly, Exmoor and Lynmouth and Lynton, shop in Barnstaple and wander around the Victorian seaside town of Ilfracombe.

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)
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How to get to Bideford
Bideford by road, take the A39 from Cornwall from the South. From the M5 take Junction 27 and follow the A361, North Devon Link Road. Well sign posted.

Bideford Tourist Information Centre

  • Burton Art Gallery
    Kingsley Road
    Bideford
    EX39 2QQ
    Tel: 01237 477676
    Email: bidefordtic@torridge.gov.uk
Hotels
Durrant House Hotel
Heywood Road, Northam Bideford EX39 3QB

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The Royal Hotel
Barnstaple Street Bideford EX39 4AE

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The Hoops Inn & Country Hotel
Horns Cross, Clovelly Bideford EX39 5DL

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Westleigh House Farm
Westleigh House Farm, Westleigh Bideford EX39 4NW

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Old Barn Bed and Breakfast
Old Barn, Heywood Road, Northam, Nr Westward Ho!, Devon Bideford EX39 3QB

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Sea Breeze
West Goldworthy Farm Horns Cross Nr Bideford Bideford EX39 5DQ

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Holiday Cottages
Elm Cottage
Westleigh near Bideford EX39 4NN
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The Cottage
Parkham near Bideford EX39 5PE
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The Old Granary
Stroxworthy, Woolsery near Bideford EX39 5QB
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Bideford Weather
Saturday 23rd August
Day :Sunny skies17°C Sunny skies
Night :Clear skies8°C Clear skies
Sunday 24th August
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Night :Moderate rain13°C Moderate rain
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