Visit Us

Visit Freedom Church and Apostolic Resource Centre, Barnstaple.

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Our address is:

The Freedom Centre

1 Howard Avenue



EX32 8QA

Tel: 01271 321171

Our normal office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, except UK public holidays.

Please call ahead a few days in advance before making a special journey.
If you are planning a visit from a long distance, especially overseas, please contact us before booking your travel tickets so that we can advise you of the best times to come.

North Devon is a popular holiday destination, so accommodation may be harder to find (and more expensive) during school holidays.


The Freedom Centre

By road:

SatNav: enter our postcode: EX32 8QA

The Freedom Centre is situated on the eastern outskirts of Barnstaple.
Download or view directions here.

By rail:

There is a railway station in Barnstaple, about 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre (about 25 minutes’ walk from the Freedom Centre).

If coming from London, the fastest trains depart from Paddington station. There are also trains to Exeter from London Waterloo, but these are MUCH slower. In either case you will need to change trains at Exeter St. Davids for the trip along the picturesque Tarka Line branch to Barnstaple.

Unfortunately, the first train from Exeter to Barnstaple on a Sunday does not arrive in time for our meeting.

On arrival at Barnstaple you will probably wish to take a bus or taxi to your accommodation or to the Freedom Centre.

Note: You may wish to take the train to Tiverton Parkway and travel the 37 miles from there to Barnstaple by taxi. It is advisable to book the taxi in advance. This will normally be faster than changing trains at Exeter St. David’s but may be more expensive.


Taxis and car hire:

In Barnstaple, there is a taxi rank at the railway station, and another in the main shopping area near the Royal & Fortescue Hotel.

If you wish to book a taxi in advance, you will find Barnstaple Taxi phone numbers here.

There are a number of local and national car hire companies in the town.

By bus or coach:

The local bus and National Express coach station is in the centre of Barnstaple, 15 minutes’ walk from the Freedom Centre.

Where to stay:

The closest hotels to the Freedom Centre are:

Barum Gate (Premier Inn): budget hotel chain, pub-style restaurant attached, edge of town, 0.5 miles, 11 minutes’ walk

The Park Hotel (Brend Hotels): local family hotel chain with restaurant, closer to the town centre, 0.5 miles, 11 minutes’ walk

The Imperial Hotel (Brend Hotels): local family hotel chain with restaurant, near the town centre, 0.7 miles, 15 minutes’ walk (near bus station and taxi rank)

The Royal & Fortescue Hotel (Brend Hotels): local family hotel chain with restaurant, town centre, 0.9 miles, 17 minutes’ walk (near bus station and taxi rank)

Or search for local hotels, bed and breakfasts or camping and caravanning on the internet.

Eating Out:

The hotels above all have their own restaurants, but there is a good selection of other places to eat in the town, including many of the usual chains, local pubs, ethnic and other specialist restaurants and takeaways.

Things to do:

The historic market town of Barnstaple is a central location for exploring the coast and countryside of North Devon.

Popular swimming and surfing beaches can be found at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!

The Tarka Trail is popular with cyclists and walkers, and part of the South West Coast Path passes through the town.

Explore the natural beauty of Exmoor National Park by car or bus.

The North Devon area is home to a variety of attractions for all the family.

Find more information on the Visit North Devon website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

What we can offer:

We will offer you a warm welcome to our 10.30am Sunday morning meeting (join us for tea and coffee from 10 am), and any other events which coincide with your visit.

If you let us know you are coming, we may be able to offer the opportunity to meet and ask questions of members of our leadership team. If you have any particular requests, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate them.

On weekdays, please make an appointment for us to show you around the Freedom Centre and explain the work we do here in the community through Freedom Community Alliance.

We look forward to seeing you!

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