Out & About
Just minutes from the North Devon Link road & Historic market towns of Bideford and Barnstaple we are ideally placed for exploring local heritage , galleries & shops. Set amidst the famous Tarka Country we have many miles of spectacular walks through unique countryside and varying landscapes. Instow itself boasts both a yacht & Cricket clubs as places of interest both of which are open to non members.
Top 5 places to visit during your stay
Tapeley Park Gardens
Tapeley is a historic estate in the parish of Westleigh in North Devon, England. The present mansion house known as Tapeley Park is a grade II* listed country house, built or enlarged from an existing structure in about 1704.
Tapeley Park Gardens, Westleigh, Bideford EX39 4NT
Open Hours: Sun-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat Closed
THE TARKA TRAIL (Braunton - meeth)
Stretching for over 52km / 32 miles from Braunton to Barnstaple, then to Instow, Bideford, Great Torrington and on to Meeth. Entirely traffic-free, this section of the “Devon Coast to Coast” is known as the Tarka Cycle Trail as it follows the journey of Tarka the Otter in the classic tale written by Henry Williamson.
The original garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor was created by Lady Anne Berry, and is a true plantsman's garden. The whole of Rosemoor is surrounded by woodland, and the acidic soil and valley-bottom location proffer their own challenges, as despite a generally mild climate, the garden is subject to frosts from October through to May.
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
Open Hours: Apr-Sept 10am-6pm, Oct-Mar 10am-5pm
Closed Christmas Day.
See and hear the fascinating story of over 40 years of Dartington Crystal. Whilst with us you can learn the history of Dartington Crystal in the Audio Visual Theatre and then follow the Dartington Timeline from 1967 to present day and see how the first pieces of glass were made in our museum section.
Dartington Crystal, Linden Close, Torrington, Devon EX38 7AN
Open Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
The pannier market
Operating six days a week through most of the year the market offers a huge range of exciting fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, a fantastic range of antiques and collectables for all those Bargain Hunters among you and much much more.
The Pannier Market, Butchers Row, Barnstaple EX31 1BW
Monday & Thursdays - Craft and General
Wednesdays - Antiques and collectables
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays - General Markets