Discover Tavistock – The Perfect Day Out

Discover what makes Tavistock such a special market town, amazing shops, sights to see, architecture and history that spans the centuries, green spaces - there is so much!

Comments from a recent guest:
I liked discovering Tavistock as it has some individuality and character, interesting architecture and is overall an attractive place, with a good choice of restaurants and eateries. Tavistock may be a small market town but it has a lot going for it!

Discover Tavistock, it lies on the edge of Dartmoor, about 15 miles north of Plymouth. It is situated on the River Tavy from which its name derives.

It is an ancient stannary town (tin-mining) and now enjoys its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historically this area was important as one of Europe’s richest sources of tin, and Tavistock was one of four stannary towns (tin mining) appointed by charter of Edward I.

Prominent figures from Tavistock must include Sir Francis Drake who was born in 1540. A favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world and one of the English commanders at the victory against the Spanish Armada in 1588. You’ll see his statue prominently displayed at one of the main road junctions in the town.

Discover Tavistock’s vibrant “Pannier Market” (so called after the baskets used to carry goods), it is one of the ‘must sees’ of Tavistock, centrally situated with the Guildhall in Bedford Square.  When you visit you will be met with an array of colourful and varied goods covering an amazing spectrum: photographers, potters, artists, upholsterers, quilters, card makers, wood turners, and metal workers mingle with clothiers, milliners, antiques experts and furniture-makers.

Tavistock is renowned for its variety of unique shops, you will not want to leave this beautiful market town. It is a fantastic place to shop for stylish clothes, jewellery and curiosities and  gifts both large and small.

Discover the wealth of restaurants and cafes all selling excellent locally produced food – you will be spoilt for choice here.

And when you’ve had enough of wandering around the shops, you can take a walk to discover more about Tavistock – this wander will take about an hour. Cross the road from the Tourist Information Centre and take the footpath  by Abbey Bridge running alongside The Tavy (this backs the car main park) to The Meadows a green and pleasant public park. Return along the canal to the car park, turn left, then right, then left into Church Lane. Cross West Street to Market Street where the viaduct comes into view ahead. Its a bit of a climb with 32 steps, but once at the top the views from the viaduct are amazing with the older part of Tavi below and Dartmoor on the skyline.

There are many gardens and houses within easy reach of Tavistock, to read about the Gardens of Cornwall and Devon to visit in spring click here.

There is no doubt about it, Tavistock really is the perfect day out! One visit will not be enough to discover all that makes this town so attractive.

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