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Car hire in Barnstaple

Car hire in Barnstaple

The main town in North Devon, England, Barnstaple is a great place to visit to explore the south-west of the country. Located on the River Taw and surrounded by stunning, rolling hills, the town has plenty to offer and is close to a number of attractions, which means that hiring a car is the best way to truly appreciate Barnstaple.

What I need to know

You've got several choices when it comes to hiring a car in Barnstaple, with a number of providers available in the area. This means you shouldn't have any trouble finding the right vehicle for your needs, especially if you compare car hire deals through our site. We also provide around-the-clock service in case you need any help.

Where to pick up our car

Our site gives you a map view of all the car hire companies operating in and around Barnstaple who have vehicles available for your chosen dates. This means you can see where each of the pick-up locations are and select the one that is most convenient for you, as there is no single location for all companies.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

Once you've picked up your hire car, you're good to go and explore this area of the UK. Whether you want to take in all that the town has to offer or to head further afield to fully explore the beautiful county of Devon, you have the freedom to do so. Visit any of the stunning natural attractions in the area, learn about the history of the region or have a fun family day out.

Nearby Barnstaple

Just under 30 minutes away via Goodleigh Road is the brilliant Exmoor Zoo. Here you can see and learn about a range of animals, including black panthers. You can even get hands-on with some of the animals. For a more relaxed day, you can't do much better than the beautiful and interesting Broomhill Sculpture Garden. The gorgeous gardens combine nature and art to create an unforgettable experience.

Longer drives

If you want to see more of Devon and enjoy all the conveniences of a city, drive to Exeter via the A361 and A396, which will take you just over an hour. The historic city has fantastic museums, a network of interesting tunnels running beneath it and a lot of shops and restaurants.

Eating and drinking

There are loads of different places to enjoy a good meal in Barnstaple, with pubs and fine restaurants available to choose from. Whatever your tastes, you need to be sure to try a couple of Devon classics, such as pasties, cream teas and cider. You'll find plenty of these throughout Barnstaple.

Things to do

If you love the great outdoors, you'll love your time in Barnstaple. There is a lot of nature to take in, with must-visit locations including the beautiful Heddon Valley. Here you'll find great trails offering brilliant views, just make sure you have comfortable shoes.

For indoor activities, spend some time at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, which has some interesting exhibitions.


Castle Hill House and Gardens is a beautiful place to visit, with great views across the lawns and towards the Sham Castle making for a peaceful day out. It's a popular place for weddings and events though, so you might want to check whether a visit is okay beforehand.

You can also drive to Woolacombe to take in the stunning coastline and enjoy a walk along the beach. If you're feeling brave, you may even want to try your hand at bodyboarding or surfing.


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