8th February, 2024

FREE hot drink as you explore North Devon

Hop on the train for a Devon day out to Barnstaple and beyond, grabbing a FREE hot drink from the Station Masters Cafe at Barnstaple station.

Until 2nd April, present a valid Day Return ticket to Barnstaple (or Devon Day Ranger* ticket) to staff at the Station Masters Cafe at the station and take your pick from any regular-sized drink from the standard menu for free. You can even get a FREE cookie if you also have a valid Devon & Cornwall Railcard.

*issued anywhere other than Barnstaple

Spend the day in Barnstaple

After picking up your free hot drink, set off to Barnstaple town centre for an explore. You can either get there on foot (it’s just a 10-minute walk which takes in the historic Long Bridge) or catch the 21/21A bus opposite the railway station at stop B. These buses depart every 15 minutes Monday – Saturday and every half hour on Sundays.

There’s plenty to see and do in Barnstaple, check out our video where we visit a great independent record and book shop and head over to the iconic Pannier Market (pictured above), or check out Barnstaple’s Green Lanes shopping centre. You can even catch the bus to Braunton to try Squires’ award-winning fish and chips or pop into Braunton’s museum to learn about its rich history.

Explore the Tarka Trail

Walk or cycle along the beautiful traffic-free Tarka Trail, a former railway, alongside the estuary of the rivers Taw and Torridge. If you’d like to cycle, you can easily hire bikes at Barnstaple railway station from Tarka Bikes (re-opening from Saturday 10th Feb) – booking’s advised.

Visit more of North Devon by bus

The buses directly outside of Barnstaple station will take you onward to a selection of popular North Devon locations.

Lynton and Lynmouth

Explore Lynton and Lynmouth’s stunning coastline (pictured above), famous cliff railway and great local food. Visit by onward bus 309/310 from Barnstaple railway station.


Visit the historic seaside town of Ilfracombe and explore its harbour, coastal walks, aquarium and the famous Tunnel Beaches. Get there by onward bus 21 from Barnstaple railway station.

Instow and Bideford

Discover Instow’s beach and the village’s great North Devon produce, then walk the Tarka Trail and explore Bideford’s pannier market. Get there by onward bus 21 from Barnstaple railway station.

Combe Martin

You can hop on the 301 bus direct from Barnstaple railway station to reach Combe Martin . This village offers a variety of shops, pubs, and cafes and is conveniently located near two beaches, one of which is dog-friendly throughout the year. The bus also goes direct to the famous Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park when the Park is open – check opening dates and times here.

Get there by train

Adult Off-Peak Day Return fares:

  • Exeter St Davids to Barnstaple (1 hour 10min) – £13.80
  • Exeter Central to Barnstaple (1 hour 15min) – £14.00

Kids travel half-price (5-15yr olds). Under 5s free.

Save a third off the adult fare for you and a friend (with kids travelling for just £1) with a Devon & Cornwall Railcard – just £12 a year for local residents. Now available to buy online.

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