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Welcome to Bideford!

A relaxed and beautiful North Devon Town!

We have been greeting visitors to our Elizabethan
maritime port for centuries.

Bideford on the Torridge River

The maritime heritage of Bideford is well documented and is referred to in Charles Kingsley's famous novel "Westward Ho!" and is also mentioned in Tennyson's poem "Revenge". Immortalised in the verse of Edward Capern, Bideford's postman poet, as the 'little white town', it retains its ability to enchant all those that visit - and the people that live here.

Generations of people have made their way here by both road and sea. Our location and people, heritage and character continue to captivate visitors and residents alike. Our website is intended to provide a snapshot of Bideford today and deliver an insight into our history and provide information about our way of life - giving our townspeople and visitors an opportunity to explore the town and the surrounding area online. We hope you enjoy our site and your next visit to Bideford.

  • town newsletterOur newsletter is available at the Town Council Offices at Bridge Street and is delivered to households through local newspapers to our residents and voters.


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    View our Town Guide at your leisure? You can download it as a set of documents to your local device.

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Bideford - A Fairtrade Town

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Fairtrade is about equitable pricing, good work conditions, sustainability and fair trading for farmers and workers in the developing world. Bideford is a registered Fairtrade Town - Support local and world farmers - look for the fairtrade logo on your shopping items.

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