Cheapest car hire in Barnstaple
Van / minivan
*daily rates in Barnstaple based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.
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*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.
Useful things to know about Barnstaple
- Has a population of around 30,000 and a national dialling code of 01271
- Was previously known as Barum dating back from Saxon times and was mentioned by William Shakespeare under this name
- BBC Antiques show presenter Tim Wannacott was born in Barnstaple
Barnstaple Mini Guide
Shopping in Barnstaple
Barnstaple is a pleasant town and a good place to go shopping having a number of small outlets and chains. The shopping experience will improve further thanks to plans to renovate the town centre and pedestrianise the area known as the Strand. Residential areas have been constructed around the Queen’s Theatre area in 2012 at an expected cost of £300 million.
History of Barnstaple
Founded by the River Taw, historically Barnstaple was important due to its production of wool. Today one of the most famous places to see in Barnstaple is Butcher’s Row. These 10 buildings made from Bath Stone and wrought iron all used to be butchers but now there are only two butchers and some florists, fishmongers and delicatessens. This is all the more interesting given that the phenomenon of small, independent retailers is gradually dying out in Britain.
Getting to Barnstaple
Barnstaple train station is well connected to the main line making travelling by train easy. If arriving from overseas, hiring a car from Bristol airport
, the nearest major international airport is a good option and is around 2 hours drive away. Alternatively, you can fly into Exeter Airport
, hire a car and make the shorter journey, however Exeter is not so well connected as Bristol International. The South West is always very busy in the summer months so make sure you book car hire Barnstaple in advance to get the best rates and to be sure of a car.