Barnstaple travel guide

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You're Going to Love Barnstaple

With a population of 32.532, Barnstaple is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. Barnstaple deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Barnstaple

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Waterside (Chivenor Business Park) and Heanton Court (Braunton Rd) are great picks.

When to visit Barnstaple

Barnstaple in January
Estimated hotel price
€61
1 night at 3-star hotel
Barnstaple in January
Estimated hotel price
€61
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Barnstaple

Plane

Although Barnstaple doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Exeter Airport (EXT), which is located 59 km from Barnstaple. The shortest flight to Barnstaple from Ireland departs from Dublin and takes around 5h 35m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Barnstaple, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Barnstaple to London takes 1h 48m and costs around €37 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Manchester, expect to pay about €60 for a 3h 18m trip. The train station in Barnstaple is called Barnstaple, and is located 0.8 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Barnstaple is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 277 km from Barnstaple. You’ll find branches of DRIVALIA and GREEN MOTION , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Barnstaple, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From London, the bus ride to Barnstaple takes 282 km and will cost you around €12. From Manchester, the ticket costs about €17 for a journey of 499 km. Barnstaple’s bus station is located 0.2 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Barnstaple doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Exeter Airport (EXT), which is located 59 km from Barnstaple. The shortest flight to Barnstaple from Ireland departs from Dublin and takes around 5h 35m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Barnstaple, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Barnstaple to London takes 1h 48m and costs around €37 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Manchester, expect to pay about €60 for a 3h 18m trip. The train station in Barnstaple is called Barnstaple, and is located 0.8 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Barnstaple is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 277 km from Barnstaple. You’ll find branches of DRIVALIA and GREEN MOTION , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Barnstaple, including National Express, Megabus and FlixBus. From London, the bus ride to Barnstaple takes 282 km and will cost you around €12. From Manchester, the ticket costs about €17 for a journey of 499 km. Barnstaple’s bus station is located 0.2 km from the city centre.

Airports near Barnstaple

Airlines serving Barnstaple

KLM
Good (844 reviews)
SWISS
Good (908 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,348 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,571 reviews)
Air France
Good (966 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,474 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (826 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (700 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (766 reviews)
easyJet
Good (1,427 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (3,441 reviews)
GOL
Good (681 reviews)
Vueling
Good (808 reviews)
Kenya Airways
Good (152 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (486 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (522 reviews)
Jet2
Excellent (87 reviews)
SunExpress
Good (100 reviews)
Corendon Airlines
Okay (12 reviews)
Loganair
Excellent (14 reviews)
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Where to stay in popular areas of Barnstaple

Most booked hotels in Barnstaple

Kentisbury Grange
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
€167+
The Imperial Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
€115+
The Park Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
€92+
The Royal & Fortescue
3 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
€83+
The Barnstaple Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
€86+
The Cedars Inn by Greene King Inns
3 stars
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
€79+

Hiring a car in Barnstaple

Expect to pay €1.69 per litre in Barnstaple (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between €20.22 and €26.96. The most frequently booked car type in Barnstaple is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Class Compact Car or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Expect to pay €1.69 per litre in Barnstaple (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between €20.22 and €26.96. The most frequently booked car type in Barnstaple is Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Class Compact Car or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.