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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.

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" I was at an evacuated school for the period 1940-1942 in Bideford and have happy memories of the time in Bideford. I visited it again some 15 years ago and found it had hardly changed. "

Tourist Attractions in and near Bideford to Visit



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.

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.



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


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.

Theme Parks

Adventure & Theme Parks

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

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
    EX39 2QQ
    Tel: 01237 477676
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
The Pines At Eastleigh
Eastleigh Bideford EX39 4PA

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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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Holiday Cottages
The Cottage
Parkham near Bideford EX39 5PE
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Elm Cottage
Westleigh near Bideford EX39 4NN
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The Old Granary
Stroxworthy, Woolsery near Bideford EX39 5QB
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Bideford Weather
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