FREE Heritage Trail Tour

Heritage Trail tour

Join our FREE guided HERITAGE TRAIL TOUR taking you on a fascinating walk through the story of this ancient town.

Starting every Thursday outside the Heritage Centre at 11am, and ending at Library Square, the tour lasts approximately one hour and covers the main aspects of Barnstaple’s history. There is no need to book and the tours will run from the beginning of April throughout the summer until the end of October.


Bridge Buildings and the Long bridge Barnstaple

Historic Buildings Tour

If you would like a more comprehensive town tour which includes access to The Heritage Centre, and The Guildhall, book our


This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. 

Please book at the Heritage Centre (01271 373003).

Prices are:- Adults, up to 10 in group, £6.50 each, or up to 30 in group, £5.50 each. Schools and Youth Groups, up to 10 in group, £3.00 each, or up to 30 in group, £2.50 each.

Price includes admission to the Guildhall and the Heritage Centre Journey Through Time exhibition.


Heritage Trail Book.

The new Barnstaple Heritage Trail was launched in 2009 as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Albert Clock Project.

The book is on sale from Barnstaple Heritage Centre, or from our online shop, priced at £3.50, or view the Barnstaple Heritage Trail on the links below.

Heritage Trail Intro and Map

The Strand to The Square

Taw Vale to Boutport Street

Church Lane to The Guildhall

High Street to Castle Street

Audio Heritage Trail

The Barnstaple Audio Heritage Trail will guide you around some of Barnstaple’s most interesting buildings and monuments. Along the way you will hear many fascinating tales that help to piece together the story of a town that is well over 1000 years old.

The trail will take approximately an hour at an easy pace and there are plenty of places where you can take a rest or get refreshments. If you are walking with children activity books are available here to download, or pop into the Barnstaple Heritage Centre at the start of the trail, where the Activity Books are on sale for 50p each.

The activity books were produced by Barnstaple Town Council as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project centred on the conservation of the Albert Memorial Clock Tower in the Square.

Download the full audio trail (in a zipped folder)  onto your computer and transfer it to an MP3 player or phone.

If you can access the internet on your mobile phone why not take the Heritage Trail walk and listen to each track while you are there, by selecting the relevant audio file below*.

1.  Barnstaple Heritage Centre, Queen Anne’s Walk   

2.  The Long Bridge

3.  Albert Memorial Clock in the Square

4.  Memorial in Rock Park

5.  Penrose Almshouses

6.  Brannam’s Pottery

7.  Inn on the Square

8.  Church Lane and the Old School House

9.  Paternoster Row

10.  Butchers Row and The Pannier Market

11.  North Gate

12.  Castle Green and the Mound

13.  Library Square and the Cattle Market

14.  Town Station

 A map illustrating the audio trail stopping points, can be downloaded as a PDF here.

*Audio Trails do not charge for any of its mobile content, but your mobile network provider may charge a flat-rate to access the internet, or for the specific amount of data consumed. If you are unsure of data costs then please contact your provider for more info.

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