The historic port and market town of Bideford lies on the western banks of the River Torridge, a few miles from the North Devon coast. An arched, stone bridge dating back to 1535 crosses the river, connects Bideford with its neighbour, East-the-Water. Author Charles Kingsley lived in Bideford and based his novel Westward Ho! in the area, describing it as a town of white houses – although today, many are pastel-coloured. In the town centre, narrow streets lined with independent shops lead to a graceful riverfront, where cafes, pubs and gardens provide views along the river to the estuary and the ocean beyond.
Bideford is a fantastic place to visit for the week or even just for a day trip, with a vibrant high street, popular park and a number of community activities to keep the family entertained. Bideford is perfectly located to visit other towns such as Instow for a day at the beach or Westward Ho! to enjoy some family fun in the arcade if the weather has turned. There are a number of highly recommended bars and restaurants in Bideford if you fancy a treat but be sure to book to ensure you aren't stood waiting.