A thriving medieval market town, full of charm and history, offering a selection of both specialised and more general shops. There are many narrow streets, largely untouched by time, and both guided tours and individual walking trails are available.

The Victorian novelist Charles Kingsley described Bideford as "The Little White Town which slopes upward from its broad river tide".

Bideford has been slow to change over the years. Indeed much of its architecture and historic associations are still with us today. Little has changed from when Charles Kingsley lived in the area nearly 150 years ago. Kingsley's statue serves as a permanent reminder of this famous resident and the time he spent here writing part of his well-known novel Westward Ho!

Today Bideford is both a thriving market town and working port with much to offer visitors to the region. Amongst the many buildings and places of interest you will find the historic covered Pannier Market, dating from 1883, which holds a market every Tuesday and Saturday. Alongside the history you will find modern shopping amenities, a wide choice of bars and restaurants, entertainment and a tremendous range of visitor attractions for the young and not so young!

Compact, accessible and with good parking facilities, Bideford hopes to combine tradition and heritage with sensible and planned development, so as to ensure the town remains a unique experience for every visitor!