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. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. 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 March
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Barnstaple in March
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Barnstaple


Although Barnstaple doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Cardiff Airport (CWL), which is located 61 km from Barnstaple.


AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Barnstaple, followed by Great Western Railway. The train journey from Barnstaple to London takes 2h 09m and costs around $147 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Birmingham, expect to pay about $115 for a 2h 50m trip. The train station in Barnstaple is called Barnstaple, and is located 0.8 km from the city centre.


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 GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Barnstaple, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From London, the bus ride to Barnstaple takes 330 km and will cost you around $66. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about $41 for a journey of 435 km. Barnstaple’s bus station is located 0.2 km from the city centre.

Airports near Barnstaple

Airlines serving Barnstaple

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British Airways
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Where to stay in popular areas of Barnstaple

Hiring a car in Barnstaple

Expect to pay $3.23 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 $38.71 and $51.61. The most frequently booked car type in Barnstaple is Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Peugeot 107 or similar) is, on average, 64% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.