Tavistock is situated along the western edge of Dartmoor National Park and is an area brimming with charm, with the River Tavy running through the heart of the town. An ancient area, it’s been inhabited since long before records began and is surrounded by archaeological remains dating from the Iron and Bronze eras and is a peaceful place to enjoy a Devon holiday.
The local landscape is awe-inspiring; with the dramatic backdrop of Dartmoor, an area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Tavistock is also situated within easy reach of the seaside, which offers stark contrast to its lush and rugged surroundings. The town itself is listed as a World Heritage Site due to its historical links with the Cornish mining trade.
In Tavistock town centre you’ll find a vast array of independent traders in one of a kind boutiques and gift shops. The town’s market continues to run regularly every Friday with specialist markets such as craft and antiques running throughout the week. These markets draw crowds from across the county and are the perfect place to find that memory from a Tavistock holiday. Every other Saturday in the town’s square, there is a Farmer’s Market that has gained a reputation for being one of the best in the country, winning several awards throughout the years.
Tavistock was named “Best Food Town” in England during 2006 due to the range of food shops and suppliers that are found the town. In turn, the quality of food being supplied has lead to excellent restaurants opening in Tavistock with people travelling from across to Devon to sample the delights.
Sir Francis Drake was notably born in the town back in 1596 and there are plenty of memories of the English captain in the nearby city of Plymouth, only 15 miles away from Tavistock. The city’s shopping centre, Drake Circus, is named after Drake as well as Drake’s Island and even the cities naval base used to carry the name. A statue of Drake can be found on the stunning Plymouth Hoe also. A visit to Plymouth is a must while on holiday in Tavistock.
There are plenty of excellent opportunities for a relaxing cycle or walk around the network of designated paths surrounding Tavistock. Drake’s Trail again named after Sir Francis Drake, passes through wonderful scenery on the edge of Dartmoor. This route will also take you past many iconic features including Gem Bridge and Grenofen Tunnel.
The local landscape is awe-inspiring; with the dramatic backdrop of Dartmoor
Taking a holiday in Tavistock gives you the opportunity to explore Dartmoor National Park while still being within easy reach of the wonderful tourist attractions that Mid West Devon has to offer.