Tavistock – The Perfect Day Out

Comments from a recent guest:
“I like 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!

  • Tavistock 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.
  • Here is a vibrant “Pannier Market” (so called after the baskets used to carry goods), and it is one of the ‘must sees’ of Tavistock.  When you visit you will be met with a vibrant, colourful and varied choice of 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 also renowned for its variety of unique shops that will make you never want to leave this beautiful market town – it is a fantastic place to shop for stylish clothes, jewellery and curious gifts both large and small.
  • The friendly town also hosts a wealth of restaurants and cafes all selling excellent locally produced food.
  • And when you’ve had enough of wandering around the shops, you can take a pleasant wander along the canal and through the public gardens.


There is no doubt about it, Tavistock really is the perfect day out!

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