Trains to Barnstaple

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Barnstaple is the main town of North Devon. It is a former river port, located on River Taw, flowing into Bristol Channel. Since the 14th century the town became famous for exporting wool. This trade significantly contributed to bringing wealth to the town that later on began to import Irish wool. Throughout the years wool trading was overcome by the development of Barnstaple Harbour that fuelled collateral industries such as shipbuilding, foundries and sawmills.

The town is served by the homonymous train station. It functions as the terminus of the branch Tarka Line operating from Exeter that offers travellers breathtaking views of Devon’s countryside. The station is located near the end of the Long Bridge but on the opposite bank of the River Taw to the town centre. To date the town centre still preserves a medieval layout and character. Visitors can still admire Guildhall and Pannier Market, the town’s Victorian market structure erected in 1855, characterised by high glass and timber roof supported by iron columns.

Visitors travelling to Barnstaple railway station still find the original building’s brickwork, dated 1848. It characterises the station building and welcomes visitors arriving to this quiet and quaint waterside town. Barnstaple offers a wide range of local museums, cinemas, and pubs, as well the Queen's Theatre. Visitors should secure train tickets to Barnstaple to experience its winding streets and fabulous views across the rippling River Taw, that can be reached by crossing the 13th-century Long Bridge.

Travellers departing from this town can benefit from the station’s ticket office is open seven days a week. On weekdays it operates from 06:40am until 6:15pm. On Saturdays from 06:40am until 6:15pm, while On Sundays the office is open from 10:10am until 5:40pm. A self-service ticket machine can be found directly outside the station’s entrance. Barnstaple station is equipped with a unique platform. The station building offers travellers a waiting room with baby-changing facilities and a vending machine. There is a night-gate exit further along the platform and gender toilets are located in between. Travellers can benefit from a large car park situated at the back of the station, while bicycle storage is located on Station Road. Heritage lovers should buy Advance train tickets to Barnstaple to benefit from cheap train fares. The town offers a wide array of activities to satisfy all the family members. Heritage lovers can enjoy visiting St. Anne's Chapel, erected in 1585, it is the town’s best preserved ancient building. while sporty people can enjoy cycling along the South West Coast Path, an abandoned railway line ending at Bideford. The popular path is easily accessible from a path located next to the station.