A thriving fishing village sitting on the estuary of the River Taw and River Torridge, Appledore is a popular destination for a holiday by the sea. With its narrow winding streets, lined with colourful cottages painted in an array of pastel colours, Appledore is a haven for artists, as well as couples and families looking for a great base from which to explore. The village is home to an array of independent shops, delicatessen, and some excellent places to eat, including John’s of Appledore, The Royal George, and The Beaver inn to name a few. You’ll find there is some excellent seafood on their menus.
The character fishing village is renowned for its maritime history with its dockyards used for many centuries to build boats. This past can be discovered with a stroll along the quay but also with a visit to the North Devon’s maritime museum, it has a range of exhibitions that detail the village’s history and has an insight into North Devon’s role during World War two beach landings and the Viking raids.
During the peak season, there is a passenger ferry that will take you across the estuary to the neighbouring village of Instow, home to a dog friendly beach, and some excellent pubs.
The village today hosts several festivals, and attracts many popular authors to its annual Appledore Book Festival. The annual Appledore-Instow Regatta also offers a fun day out for all ages to enjoy too.