claims to be the oldest borough in England, now this evergrowing and bustling
town has become the hub of business in North Devon.
In spite of Barnstaple's modern aspect it is a very pretty town, especially when the colourful displays of flowers,
hanging baskets and window boxes come into bloom. It regularly finds its
place in the top of the 'Britain in Bloom' competition. Barnstaple's first
bridge was built across the River Taw over 600 years ago and today its inner
arches can still be seen.
The quay, from where sailors once left to fight the Armada and merchants
used to gather to do business, no longer exists. However the Tome Stone,
a flat round pedestal, is still there, as a reminder that once a merchant
had put his money on the stone a contract was sealed. In place of the quay
is now the quaint colonnade known as Queen Anne's Walk.
To discover more about Barnstaple's history pay a visit to the Museum of
Barnstaple and North Devon. There are plenty of attractions in Barnstaple,
from potteries where you can try your hand at throwing a pot to farm parks
and the small, but enchanting, Queens Theatre. There is an excellent shopping
centre with varied and interesting shops and if it's accommodation you're
looking for you'll find an abundance of good hotels and guest houses.