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Bideford, Devon

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Things to see and do near Bideford

If you're planning a visit to Bideford, you'll find that there are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area. Here are just a few ideas to help you make the most of your trip.

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  • Check out the Bideford Guide - Everything you need to know to know about Bideford, whether you're popping by for a day or staying for a week.
  • Check out the North Devon Beach Guide - Get the latest news and updates for coastal and countryside events in and around the Bideford area.
  • Beach House Art - Check out the Beach House Blog for guides on pressing seaweed and more!
  • Shopping – Bideford is a thriving market town with many independent shops available. Visitors can explore Bideford's popular Pannier Market, which offers a range of goods from local produce to crafts and antiques.
  • Outdoor Activities – Just outside Bideford, visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including surfing and kayaking on the nearby coast, exploring the countryside on foot or bike, or enjoying a round of golf at the Royal North Devon Golf Club.
  • Fishing – Bideford is well-known for its fishing industry and visitors can enjoy a range of angling experiences on the River Torridge or at the stunning Bideford Bay.
  • Beach Visits – Bideford is surrounded by stunning beaches, from the golden sands of Westward Ho! to the sheltered cove at Instow.
  • Wildlife Watching – Bideford is a great place to spot a range of wildlife, from rare birds to marine life. The nearby nature reserves of Lundy Island and Braunton Burrows are home to a range of species.
  • Attractions – There are a range of attractions in and around Bideford, such as the historic Clovelly Village, the Big Sheep amusement park, and the Tarka Trail.
  • Historical Sites – Bideford is home to a number of historical sites, such as the medieval Bideford Long Bridge, the RHS Garden Rosemoor, and the Grade I listed Appledore Shipyard.
  • Gardens – There are a number of beautiful gardens in the area, such as the award-winning Rosemoor Garden, the National Trust's Arlington Court and the Torrington Common.
  • Food and Drink – Bideford offers a range of eateries, from traditional pubs and restaurants to modern cafes and takeaways. Visitors can also sample the town's famous Bideford Bay oysters and local ales.
  • The Quay – Bideford's quay offers a range of activities for all ages, from boat trips to fishing trips and even a zip wire.
  • Art and Culture – Bideford is home to a range of art galleries, theatres and museums, including the Burton Art Gallery and Museum, the Bideford History Centre and the Burton Theatre.
  • Events – There are a number of events held in and around Bideford, such as the annual Bideford Blacksmiths Festival, the Bideford Blues Festival, and the Bideford Arts Festival.
  • Shopping Centres – Bideford is home to a range of shopping centres, such as the Westward Shopping Centre, the Atlantic Village Outlet Centre, and the Victoria Park Shopping Centre.
  • Walks – Bideford is surrounded by stunning countryside and there are a number of walks to enjoy, from the coastal path to the Tarka Trail.
  • Wildlife Parks – Bideford is home to a number of wildlife parks, such as the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre, the Milky Way Adventure Park, and the Exmoor Zoo.

There are many things to see and do near Bideford. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or outdoor activities, you'll find plenty of ways to enjoy your time in the area!