Bideford is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in north Devon.

A popular Farmers' Market takes place on the quay on nearly every Saturday throughout the summer. Bideford has many small shops and galleries. Atlantic Village is an outlet shopping centre on the western outskirts of the town: it has over thirty retail outlets.

A ferry operates between Bideford quay and Lundy Island, which lies about 22 miles (35 km) away in the Bristol Channel. The same ship, the MS Oldenburg, also provides evening cruises from Bideford along the River Torridge.

The South West Coast Path National Trail runs through the town, and gives access to walks along the rugged North Devon coast.

Bideford has two King George's Fields, which are memorials to King George V. One field is used primarily as the home ground of the main local rugby union club, Bideford RFC (Chiefs) who currently play in the Tribute Western Counties West League.

The town is famed for its New Year's Eve celebrations, when thousands of people, many in fancy dress, from surrounding towns, villages, and around the world gather on the quay for revelries and a fireworks display. The event normally includes a number of local musical acts performing on stage.

The Burton Art Gallery is an art Gallery in the town that has collections on various things of interest, such as Bideford’s Heritage, which includes clay pipes and tea caddies in the collection. The art gallery displays a lot of work by local artists featuring local heritage, local landscapes, and local interests.