*Freedom Church meets in a variety of formats at different times and places. We do not meet every Sunday. If you are in the area and would like to connect, please contact 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 [From outside UK: +44 1271 321171]
Email: admin@freedomarc.org

Admin telephone hours are normally Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3.30pm UK time.
Please note that we do not offer a telephone prayer ministry.
We can answer emails received on Fridays up to 3.30pm.
We are closed on UK public holidays.

We do still sometimes meet on Sundays at 10.30am (serving tea and coffee from 10.00 – 10.25). If you plan to join us, please call or email a few days in advance to check whether we are actually meeting that day before making a special journey. Often we meet on other days and in different locations in a variety of formats. Our meetings vary in content and style, and any teaching included is normally not by Mike Parsons.

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.

Note: during the summer, the first train from Exeter to Barnstaple on a Sunday does now arrive in time for our Sunday meeting, if there is one! This may well change with the winter timetable.

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 just off the Square, outside Lilico’s Tapas Lounge and Bar.

If you wish to book a taxi in advance, you will find details of Barnstaple Taxis and 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:

On Airbnb you can find rooms or even whole houses in Barnstaple or just outside at very affordable prices.

Or click the following links to search for local hotelsbed and breakfasts, holiday cottages and apartments or camping and caravanning on the internet.

Please be aware that public transport from outlying villages may not be very frequent, if it exists at all.

The closest hotels to the Freedom Centre are:

Barnstaple Premier Inn (3-star): budget hotel chain, Barum Gate pub-style restaurant attached, edge of town, 0.5 miles, 11 minutes’ walk

The Park Hotel (Brend Hotels – 4 star): local family hotel chain with restaurant, closer to the town centre, 0.5 miles, 11 minutes’ walk

The Imperial Hotel (Brend Hotels – 4 star): 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 – 3 star): local family hotel chain with restaurant, town centre, 0.9 miles, 17 minutes’ walk (near bus station and taxi rank)

Eating Out:

The hotels above all have their own restaurants, and 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 church meeting – though please check with us that we are actually meeting on any given Sunday, as we often meet in different formats and on different days.

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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