Tavistock & West Devon
Thriving Tavistock is a well-connected market town on the edge of Dartmoor with a long history and heritage. Just 2.5 miles from Harford Bridge Park, it is easily reached by an ‘A’ road, a purpose built cycle path and a footpath all the way.
From its earliest days a commercial centre, with an Abbey playing a large part in shaping its future and buildings; from the first printing press outside of London to creating the much loved Devon cream tea.
- A very special choice of independent shops
- Supermarkets (TESCO, Co-operative, Lidl & Morrisons) + chain shops - Opening Times
- The Meadows - canal walk and indoor swimming pool
- The Wharf - cinema & live entertainment venue
The town welcomes visitors with many tempting independent specialist sellers and chain shops, and a unique indoor Pannier Market that has a variety of stalls that change from day-to-day.
If you need a supermarket or discounter; they are to be found in town and on the Plymouth Road.
Eating out in Tavistock offers an almost unrivalled choice; whether your preference is for gourmet, pub grub, fine dining, international take-away, cream tea or a traditional pasty it can be found in town.
A local farmer’s market held twice monthly on the impressive square fronting the Town Hall and has been voted “The Best Farmers Market in the South West”. It fully merits the accolade, with an impressive range of local produce.
The town was first built-up around the 10th Century Benedictine Abbey, the remnants of which can still be seen. Later the Dukes of Bedford re-modelled many buildings using Abbey stone to create the Victorian town that now forms part of the Cornwall & Devon Mining World Heritage Site.
Real prosperity started with the wool trade and grant by Henry I of a Market Charter in 1105. Later mining increased the town’s wealth and importance when it became one of the Stannary towns that ring Dartmoor. Such were the amounts of metals and ore produced that a canal to Morwellham was built to transport ore to the Tamar River for loading onto ocean going vessels.
Swashbuckling Sir Francis Drake, who was born into a farming family on the outskirts of Tavistock, and after a career at sea and defeat of the Spanish Armada he eventually settled at Buckland Abbey, some 10 miles from Tavistock. A statue commemorating him stands in Plymouth Road.
If you fancy a stroll, Tavistock offers walks along the River Tavy, the canal, with wildlife and nature walk, the old railway viaduct, just a stone’s throw from the town centre. Much of Tavistock’s history can be enjoyed by exploring the town itself, experiencing the range of historic buildings and visiting the town museum.
Drake’s Trail is an excellent way to enjoy the town and its surroundings by bike, Cycle Route 27 meanders through the town and on towards Plymouth crossing the Walkham River on the newly built Gem Bridge. You can get onto the route at Harford Bridge Park.