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.
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.
Abbotsham Church 1.3 miles A nice village church to see.
Tapeley Park Gardens Lovely gardens created in the 19th century.
RHS Garden Rosemoor 6.2 miles A Royal Horticultural Society showcase garden.
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.
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.
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.
Plough Arts Centre 5.5 miles A lively arts centre with films, events, plays and talks.
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)