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Barnstaple is the main railway station in North Devon and the final stop for passengers travelling the Tarka Line, with its soul-soothing views of the Devon countryside. In the Golden Age of Steam, Barnstaple had two stations and was considered the transport hub of the South West's north coast. In modern times, however, the now solo station has been reduced to a single-track service, with trains running hourly back and forth to Exeter St. David's. The station dates back to 1848 and its warm brickwork is an apt introduction to this quiet and quaint waterside town.

Considered the social heart of North Devon, it has a wide range of local museums, cinemas, and pubs, as well as more recognisable cultural landmarks, such as the Queen's Theatre. The town centre - with its winding streets and fabulous views across the rippling River Taw - is only a ten-minute walk away, reached by crossing the 13th-century Long Bridge. There's also a treat for cyclists, as the abandoned railway line to Bideford - part of the popular South West Coast Path - is accessible next to the station.

Barnstaple is the nearest train station to Ilfracombe Harbour. Once you get off your train, you can hop on a bus from outside the station (stop B) and catch either the number 21 service via Braunton or number 301 via the hospital. Taking a taxi is another option and by car takes around 30 minutes.  

Station details & facilities

Barnstaple station has one main entrance that leads into the waiting room with baby-changing facilities and a vending machine, and then straight on to the only platform. A ticket machine can be found directly outside this entrance. A night-gate exit is further along the platform and gender toilets are located in between. There is a large car park at the back of the station and cycle storage on Station Road.

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