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Open on occasional Sundays & Bank Holidays

Easter - October
2pm - 5pm

November - Easter
2pm - 4pm

(weather and staffing permitting)

01237 429072


Instow Signal Box

Instow Signal Box is over 130 years old and was the UK's first Grade 2 Listed signal box. It used to control the signals at the station and also the operation of the level crossing. You can see the wheel that operated the gates, pull the signal levers, one of which still operates a signal, and generally learn how the box worked. In 2003 the box was nationally recognised for its restoration and educational value by receiving the Carillion Rail Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards. The signal box is now cared for and run by volunteers of the Bideford Railway Heritage Centre CIC and is open to the public on occasional Sundays and Bank Holidays

Admission is free but donations to help with the upkeep of the box are gladly accepted.

Follow the Tarka Trail to Bideford and visit Bideford Station as well.