Coach Holidays to Bideford, North Devon has some of the most beautiful coastline in the British Isles; romantic sunsets, miles of golden sands, breathtaking cliffs and quaint unspoilt fishing villages can all be found here. A few small coasters still moor at Bideford’s long, tree-lined quay, built in the seventeenth century when this was one of the busiest ports in England.
Sir Walter Raleigh is believed to have brought his first cargo of tobacco to Bideford, making the town one of the largest tobacco trading centres of that period and Sir Richard Grenville, the swashbuckling sea captain who helped to found colonies in the Caribbean, is commemorated in the Parish church.
Bideford’s most famous landmark is its bridge; the 24 arches have spanned the River Torridge since the Middle Ages. It has been widened and strengthened several times, but can still be recognised from the 16th century descriptions. Notable moments of Bideford’s remarkable history are recorded in the Burton Gallery in Victoria Park and examples of West Country crafts are displayed in the adjoining Craft Gallery.
There are river trips and a gig regatta is held in August in nearby Clovelly. Explore the narrow medieval streets such as Gunstone and Homestone, or take advantage of the endless activities including golf, bowls and fishing.
We use the Durrant House Hotel, situated on the outskirts of of Bideford with stunning views over the Torridge estuary.
The Pannier Market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays and offers all kinds of goods from pottery to table linen. Butcher’s Row is a collection of retail units located just off the market. There is also a good selection of shops and tearooms be found in High Street.
Beaches and Gardens
Although Bideford has no bathing beaches to speak of, there are some good ones nearby at Westward Ho! and Appledore. For those seeking green space, Victoria Park is a tranquil haven in which to relax; the flowerbeds are carefully tended throughout the year but are partciularly spectacular throughout the spring and summer months.