Barnstaple is the oldest borough in the country and is the commercial and agricultural centre of North Devon. Saxons first settled in Barnstaple (Barum) over 1000 years ago; In 930 AD it was a Saxon stronghold serving as a market for the surrounding countryside.
Today it has a wonderful mixture of Victorian, Medieval and Georgian architecture and is proud to be a multiple winner of Britain in Bloom. The beautiful and bustling town of Barnstaple is perfect for retail therapy with high street shops and the Green Lanes shopping centre, along with cafes and bistros plus a great range of evening entertainment on offer from comedy nights to classical music.
The oldest borough in the UK was founded at the lowest point crossing the river Taw and connects to the Tarka line railway and the off road Tarka Trail.