Torrington or ‘Great Torrington’ is a traditional North Devon town populated with lovely old buildings, established woodlands and walking trails. Great Torrington played an important role in the English Civil War and is now recognised as a place of important heritage for the 17th century. Local museum, Torrington 1646 helps depict the significance of Torrington’s role, through enactments and costumed characters.
The town itself is well known for its shops that can be found in and around the town centre as well as the award-winning local produce that is available in the town. Also in Torrington is The Black Horse Inn, dating back to the 16th Century and this is reportedly one of the oldest pubs in North Devon. In the present day and during your holiday in North Devon, you are invited to sample the wide array of great local ales and hearty bar food.
If you enjoy walking and cycling, the Tarka Trail runs through Torrington and offers a scenic route in whichever direction you decide to take. The Tarka Trail gets its name from the 1927 novel “Tarka the Otter” by Henry Williamson. Cycling one way on the path will take you through to the quaint village of Meeth, while the other direction will mean you pass through the town of Bideford and to Instow. For a full day out you could even follow the trail to Barnstaple or Braunton! However, when you arrive back in Torrington, the Puffing Billy café will ensure you are able to refuel after an enjoyable day on the trail. The Tarka Trail is also pleasant for a stroll and a picnic.
Torrington is home to some great visitor attractions and events which make for perfect days out during your Torrington holiday. The Dartington Crystal factory can be found in the town and gives visitors the opportunity to see the inner workings of the glass factory and follow its journey from when it opened in 1967 to the present day. See the master craftsman ply their trade and then see their creations in the gift shop. Green-fingered visitors will delight in a day out at RHS Garden Rosemoor where you are able to discover a huge range of plants - from sublime primulas and bright bulbs to traditional flowers in the Cottage Garden.
The Tarka Trail gets its name from the 1927 novel “Tarka the Otter” by Henry Williamson
Mayfair is an annual folk festival usually held on the first Thursday in May and is a unique and traditional event hosted in Torrington, believed to date back as far as 1554. During the celebration, the children in the town dance around the maypole in the centre of the town while the locals embrace the festivities by hosting parties. There are also a variety of other attractions in the surrounding areas of North Devon making Torrington an ideal location for your family holiday in North Devon.
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