The thriving market town of Barnstaple offers both modern conveniences and traditional charm and quaint narrow streets. There is the old pannier market as well as modern shopping centres with many major chain stores as well as locally run businesses.
Barnstaple has a college of higher education, secondary and primary schools. The Tarka line train station gives access to the City of Exeter, whilst the A361 North Devon link road connects to the M5 motorway.
There is an impressive 13th Century bridge which spans the river Taw. The town has an approximate population of 28,000 and has its own hospital, well equipped leisure centre, museum, library, theatre and cinema. Popular villages nearby include Instow, Braunton and Croyde with Exmoor National Park a short car journey away.